Google Places now part of Google+

Post date: 11-Jun-2012 10:17:44

Google+ is a year old this month. when Google+ and Google+ Pages for business were introduced many people speculated that Google would merge or integrate Google Places and Google+ Pages.

Google Places pages have been entirely replaced by new Google+ Local pages. Roughly 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 (and for the better) though it will undoubtedly confuse some users and business owners who are not aware of the change.

Go to your G+ page and see the new Google+ Local Tab, Will Replace Google Places.

Here’s a brief overview of what’s new and what’s changing:

  • The substitution of the new Google+ Local pages for Google Places pages
  • The appearance of a “Local” tab within Google+
  • 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

By Chris Barrow

Aragorn Consulting - Google Apps™ Authorized Reseller