Okay, everyone knows about Google but Google+ and Google Places is still a mystery for many people. It may become a bit simpler because the rumor is that Google Places is slowly being replaced by Google+ Local. Or did that just complicate things? Let’s start over.
Google has launched new search results that include the usual title, web link, and brief description, but now adds the address, phone number, shows the location on a map, a link to reviews, and a Zagat ranking on a scale of 1 to 30. In the example to the left, you’ll see the search results for “historic sites in Philadelphia” and that the Eastern State Penitentiary (the third item) received a Zagat rating of 25 (it really is an amazing place) and has 81 Google reviews (wow! their visitors have opinions). This new form of listing doesn’t occur for every city, just those that seem to have enough places to warrant them (right now, this list appears for Denver but not San Francisco). Local information is being integrated across Google (including the Zagat ratings, which was acquired by Google last year), so you’ll find Continue reading