Google+ Local Replaces Google Places

May 30, 2012 • 9:59 am | comments (10) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Maps
 

Google+ LocalGoogle Maps, Google Local, Google Places and now Google+ Local - yep Google has yet again renamed their local results to bring in Google+, as expected.

The new experience ties in Google+ into Google Maps and business listings, plus adds Zagat reviews to the foreground.

As Google announced on their Google+ page:

Today we’re rolling out Google+ Local, a simple way to discover and share local information featuring ZAGAT scores and recommendations from people you trust in Google+.

From the new “Local” icon on the left-hand side of Google+, you can search for specific places or browse for ones that fit your mood. Clicking on any place will take you to a local Google+ page that includes photos, Zagat’s high-quality scores and summaries, reviews from people in your circles and other information like address and opening hours.

Google+ Local is also integrated across the other products you already use every day, including Search, Maps and mobile, so you can get the same great local information wherever you go.

Here are some screen shots showing the level of integration with Google+, circles, and Zagat reviews (note click on any image to enlarge):

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If you have a Google Places result, continue to manage that place result in Google Places at Google Places. Although it seems like that will change over time and more and more features will be tied to the Google+ experience.

Greg Sterling as his review on Search Engine Land.

Forum discussion at Google+ Page.

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Comments:

Kevin

05/30/2012 10:35 pm

Won't Google get sued? Yelp and Facebook are being excluded from the process. Seems like we are being forced to use Googles social network.

Mannyknowsit

05/31/2012 12:38 am

There was another product called google wave that I loved, let's see if G+local will spark their social fire!

Alan

05/31/2012 02:09 am

litigation like is water off a ducks back for Google. They have never cared about being sued. If they did youtube wouldn't exist.

Pat Graham-Block

05/31/2012 12:39 pm

The "Write a Review" button you are showing in your graphic is missing from most of the Google+ Pages now. How are people supposed to write a review now? Is that coming back?

Muddywall

05/31/2012 01:25 pm

I like it!

Edgar Sanchez

05/31/2012 05:31 pm

At the end G+ will replace FB, They are working hard on it (by imposing it)

Luis Galarza

05/31/2012 11:52 pm

Facebook local experiment is worthless, Google nail it every single time!...

lestarte

06/01/2012 07:32 am

Thanks. What I wonder: Why didn't they develop vanity URLs prior to this? Nearly a complete fail in my opinion.

Matthew Green

06/01/2012 07:09 pm

Google is failing miserable right now to attempt to beat out Facebook. I don't think they will ever take over Facebook.

Graham Ginsberg

06/06/2012 11:02 pm

Yeah, great. Google allows ANYONE to make changes to these places accounts and in my case, directed traffic to my competitor. The police are still toying with the idea that this is identity theft .... see the crime in action http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9oh6fpExtw

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