Google Places

Google has renamed Local Business Center (which we mentioned back in January) as Google Places.

You can read about what’s new here: Introducing Google Places.

There are lots of new features such as Twitter style updates and (for the US) introduction of QRCodes.   This allows stickers to be put on your store front to provide easy access from customers to your Places profile from their mobile.

Pretty interesting stuff and a great way for small businesses owners to get more experience with the web as well as make it easier for new customers to find you. I wonder how long until the term ‘star the business‘ (set as a favorite) becomes part of our normal lexicon.

3 Comments

Andrew Goldie
April 21, 2010 at 2:05 pm

This is a tangible example of how Google is not only indexing online content but also meatspace content, with crowdsourcing providing the human interpretation of our world into meta tags. Very interesting.

The desire for businesses to be found is always really strong, but the more mainstream indexing, messaging and social networking becomes, the more difficult it is to rise above the increasing noise. It’s how businesses “work the system” to be noticed that I find most interesting of all.

Erika
November 10, 2010 at 3:58 am

I sure would like to see my site on the map. Of course, they’ll have to correct what is there now.

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