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Google+ takes over Google Places for local search

by Ben Romberg | 31.05.2012
Part of Google+’s recent changes we discussed last week, Google+ Business Pages have integrated Google Places. The change has meant that many pages that were Google Places (integrated with Google’s natural search) have been changed to Google+ Business pages. The 80 million Google Place pages worldwide have been automatically converted into 80 million Google+ Local pages, according to Google’s Marissa Mayer. It’s a dramatic change, though it will undoubtedly disorient some users and business owners.

Google have provided a quick breakdown of what has changed below:

  • The substitution of the new Google+ Local pages (as mentioned) for Google Places pages
  • The appearance of a “Local” tab within Google+
  • The integration and free availability of Zagat reviews (its entire archive across categories)
  • The integration of Google+ Local pages across Google properties (search, Maps, mobile)
  • Integration of a circles filter to find reviews/recommendations from friends/family/colleagues

Find out more at Google Places: