Last week, Google revealed Google+ Local, which appears to be about merging Google+ business pages with Google Places. Google says it wants to show you “everything you need to know” about it, and it will do so in a Workshop Happy Hour on Wednesday June 6 from 6-8PM at the Google Cambridge office.
“We’ll have a presentation on Google+ Local and show you how to use this new feature to add an extra layer of socialization to your search, your business, and give you a chance to ask any questions you might have about the product,” Google promises. “We’ll also be serving a scrumptious array of gourmet local (of course!) bites, beer from New England breweries and a selection of wines.”
Google asks attendees to bring their own laptops. If you wish to attend, you need to RSVP using this form.
On the form, Google asks if you have a Google+ account, and says if not, it will send you info on how to create one before the event, “so that you’re totally up to speed”.
It looks like they’ll be hosting more of these things, because there is also a checkbox option for those who “can’t make this one, but would like to attend a workshop at some point in the future.”
Google is really ramping up its efforts in the local business arena. It looks like they’re getting ready to launch a bigger suite of offerings for businesses, tapping into some of the services they’ve acquired over the last year, such as TalkBin and Punchd. More on all of that here.