Google Adjusts Ratings System For Google+ Local

Google has been rolling out an update to its local ratings system. As you may recall, Google recently made some changes to the system on Google Maps for Android, so users can choose between Poor/Fair, Good, Very Good, and Excellent.…

Google Places API Team Talks New Features In Hangout

The Google Places API has been seeing a constant barrage of updates this year. It could be a great new source of revenue for Google, and it’s great for businesses (except for this guy). That’s why it’s super important for…

This Business Is Furious With Google For Deleting Hundreds Of Reviews

In May, Google announced Google+ Local, which would replace Place Pages, and overhaul Google’s entire local business review search results. We’ve written in the past about how the transition may be costing business clicks, and we’re still seeing some pretty…

How To Get Started With The Google Places API In 15 Minutes

Google uploaded two videos about the Google Places API today. The first one is about getting started with the API, and the second one is a Q&A on the same topic. Together, you’re looking at about fifteen minutes of your…

Know When Your Favorite Store Is Open With The Google Places API

Out of all the APIs that Google has released updates for this year, it seems that Google Places is the one they love the most. It has consistently received the biggest and best updates that really help developers take advantage…

Google Talks More About Google Places & Google+ Local

Earlier today, Google announced the launch of Google+ Local, a new social local search experience that will spread across Google+, Google Search and Google’s mobile search. It uses Zagat ratings and Google+ connections, and gives businesses a chance to make…

Google Places API Gets Events Support

Google is always supporting their APIs with new features and the like, but they’ve been spending a lot of effort on the Places API recently. That’s to be expected since the Places API is great for businesses and the regular…

Google Suggests Closing Old Listings In Places When Changing Addresses

SEO Barry Scwhartz blogged about moving to a new office, saying that Google suggested he close his listing and open a new one. However, in doing that, there’s no guarantee that he would retain any reviews that had ben posted.…

Google Implementing Places API Search Refinements

One of the more interesting things Google has been involved with recently is its Places API. When it brought search along for the ride, it made the Places API even more valuable. There were still areas in which search could…

Glitch in Google Reviews for Places

Hamish McKenzie over at PandoDaily recently noticed an interesting “glitch” regarding how Google lists its reviews of various places in search. For example, when searching for Fior d’Italia Restaurant in San Francisco, Google initially presents 145 reviews. Though, when actually…