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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Places, Everyone! GOOGLE Places, That Is

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Were you ever in a school play, pageant, band, or orchestra? It could have been grammar school, middle school, college, Summer Stock, regional community theatre, or Broadway...do you remember the "director" calling out: "Places, everyone!"  In grammar school it was the Benedictine (O.S.B.) nuns who tried to control me and in high school it was Mr. Van Vleck who taught drama.  I am pretty sure I annoyed him.

Today I saw a Tweet that said something like this: "Google Places just got better!" I was intrigued and I thought I need to write a post about whatever is new at GOOGLE Places, because I keep trying to stress to our clients the importance of GOOGLE Places.  Suddenly, I thought maybe I can get everyone's attention by calling out "Places, Everyone!" GOOGLE Places, that is. 

This is what is new with GOOGLE Places.
'Starting today [June 13, 2011], Google Maps search results in the U.S. and Great Britain will include some of the phrases which are most frequently used to describe those places. These phrases come from sources all across the web, such as reviews, web pages and other online references, and they can help people quickly identify the characteristics that make a particular place unique. It’s like an opportunity to ask the business owner or its patrons “What’s good here?” or “What do most people get here?” '
I also learned that if you want to stay on top of all things about GOOGLE Places, then you can:

  1. Subscribe to the GOOGLE Places Blog
  2. Follow GOOGLE Places on Twitter @GooglePlaces
  3. And if you have even more free time you can review GOOGLES' Blog Directory and subscribe to other GOOGLE Blogs.
Have you claimed your GOOGLE place? If so, do you update it regularly to keep it interesting?

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