google places

  • Foursquare Declares Local Search (Yelp And Google) Broken, Vows Fix With Personalization

    Foursquare Declares Local Search (Yelp And Google) Broken, Vows Fix With Personalization

    Foursquare escalated its battle versus Yelp and Google today with a blog post explaining that its redesigned app will beat their “one-size-fits-all results” that users get “regardless of their interests or places they’ve been before”. Foursquare explains it transplanted checkins into its Swarm standalone app to let the forthcoming overhaul of its main app focus… Read More

  • Google Places Now Borrowing Yelp Reviews Without Attribution In iPhone App

    Google Places Now Borrowing Yelp Reviews Without Attribution In iPhone App

    Google Places is at it again, brazenly borrowing reviews from Yelp. But this time it’s in their iPhone app and they are not even bothering to link back to Yelp or attribute where they are getting the reviews. Yelp and Google have a love-hate relationship. Yelp loves when its listings and reviews show up in natural search results, but they hate it when Google scrapes their reviews… Read More

  • Google Kills Tags In Favor Of Boost

    Google Kills Tags In Favor Of Boost

    Google is killing Tags, an advertising product for local businesses which allowed them to enhance their Google Maps or Places listings. For a flat $25 monthly fee, local merchants could make their their natural listings stand out a bit with a yellow tag and a few words pointing to offers, photos, menus, or links back to their website. Tags were introduced with Google Places, the search… Read More

  • Google Places Swallows The Awkwardly Named "Hotpot"

    Google Places Swallows The Awkwardly Named "Hotpot"

    I can’t recall Google pushing a product as hard as they’ve pushed Hotpot on their blogs in recent months. I swear that on a daily basis there’s some sort of update about “what’s new with Hotpot”. The only problem? I have basically no idea what Hotpot is. I mean, I sort of do, but it’s such a bad name and it’s a product that seems to overlap… Read More

  • Google Serves Places On The iPhone With A Side Of Hotpot

    Google Serves Places On The iPhone With A Side Of Hotpot

    Google Places is now on your iPhone. If you download the app (iTunes link) you get a mobile version of Google Places, Google’s local directory. It shows you nearby restaurants, coffee shops, bars, ATMs, gas stations, hotels, and other attractions. You can also search for any category you like, just like on Google Places proper or on Google Maps for Android. Perhaps the most… Read More

  • Google Targets Small Businesses With $100 Million Worth Of AdWords Credits

    Google Targets Small Businesses With $100 Million Worth Of AdWords Credits

    Google is going after local businesses in a big way. It is promoting Google Places any time someone does a local search, it tried to buy Groupon for $6 billion, and it put star exec Marissa Mayer in charge of local products. Since the middle of December, it’s been running a $100 million marketing promotion aimed at small and medium-sized businesses to try to get them to sign up for… Read More

  • Google, These Aren't Really The Best Answers For Users. They Are The Best Answers For You.

    Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal ran an article pointing out how Google is increasingly favoring its own properties, in search results over natural results to outside sites which previously commanded the top spots. This practice is especially noticeable with Google Places and local results, but there are other examples as well from product and mortgage search to health search. … Read More

  • Twitter Places Is Nothing New, But The Ability To Claim Venues Is Being Tested

    Okay everyone, let’s calm down. Currently making the rounds on the Internet is that Twitter is about to launch a Foursquare-killer, Twitter Places. The only problem? They actually launched it about five months ago. They wrote about it, we covered it, so did just about everyone else on the web. That said, there is one potentially new element of Places that we haven’t noticed before… Read More

  • It's A Location Turf War As Google Rolls Out Place Search

    It's A Location Turf War As Google Rolls Out Place Search

    Back in April, we noted that Google was about to escalate the so-called “location wars” by reworking and rebranding their Locale Business Center as Google Places. They’ve since done a lot of work on improving the area (despite an on-again/off-again war with Yelp over results) and they’re clearly feeling good about it. How do I know? Because starting today… Read More

  • Fwix Shifts From Local News To Places: "We Are Automating Patch"

    For the past two years, Fwix has been building a hyperlocal news site for cities and neighborhoods around the country in a very automated fashion. Its homepage for every city has been three columns filled with recent news and blog headlines, along with other local data like weather (see second screenshot below). Today, it is scrapping that approach to become more of a hyperlocal places… Read More

  • Google: There Have To Be Yelps In The World, But…

    Google: There Have To Be Yelps In The World, But…

    Today during our Social Currency CrunchUp, Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman and John Hanke, a Google VP of Product Management, took the stage. Given that the two companies seem to be at odds with one another recently (following a failed acquisition), it was a little tense. Specifically, Google’s strong moves into local with their new Places push seem to be going right at Yelp’s core. Read More

  • Google Opens Places API With Initial Focus On Check-In Apps

    Google Opens Places API With Initial Focus On Check-In Apps

    At Google I/O in May, the search giant indicated that they were about to take their commitment to location to the next level. Sure, Latitude had been around for a while, but everyone knew that Google could do more in the space. The announcement of some new location APIs seemed to a big part of the solution. And now comes the fun part. Today on their Geo blog, Google is announcing that… Read More

  • Not Only Is Google Places Going After Yelp, They're Doing So With Yelp's Content

    Not Only Is Google Places Going After Yelp, They're Doing So With Yelp's Content

    Earlier today, we noted that an update to Google Maps for Mobile was the clearest sign yet of Google going directly after Yelp. But it’s actually even more interesting than we thought. Key to the new Google Maps for Mobile is Places, the new establishment-centric area which Google has been building up for about the past year or so. Places is basically an evolution of Google Local, which… Read More

  • Google May Not Have Bought Yelp, But They Sure Are Trying To Own Them With Places

    Google May Not Have Bought Yelp, But They Sure Are Trying To Own Them With Places

    Perhaps you recall that late last year, Google was in discussions to buy Yelp. Despite a supposed offer of $550 million plus earn-outs, Yelp walked away from the deal. But that isn’t stopping Google for entering Yelp’s business. Today, Google continues their fast-moving assault on local and location with a revamped Google Maps for mobile. Central to Maps for mobile 4.4 is… Read More

  • Happy Friday: 100 More Tickets Released for July 30 Summer Party

    UPDATE: Batch if tickets is sold out. Check back again next week. We’re releasing another 100 tickets now to our July 30 summer party at August Capital. Act fast if you want one, these things sell out in less than an hour. If you don’t get a ticket, don’t email me begging for one. Come to our Social Currency Crunchup earlier that day instead. A ticket to the CrunchUp gives… Read More

  • Google Escalates The Location War With Google Places

    Google Escalates The Location War With Google Places

    The Location War going on right now has many fronts (Foursquare, Twitter, search, mobile), but it is being funded by one thing: convincing local businesses to spend money on online advertising. Google is escalating that war today by making a big push to become the de facto directory for local businesses on the Web. Its Local Business Center is being renamed Google Places and it is introducing… Read More