Google Places is Replaced with a New Google+ Local Tab
Google has just announced that Google Places will be phased out and replaced with a Zagat infused Google+ Local tab, the tab can be found underneath the Games button.
When you click on the tab, you will receive recommendations based off of previous reviews of your circles and Zagat ratings. If you recall Google and Zagat had a merger about a year ago. Remember the days of the 1-5 star ratings? Well they are gone and have been replaced with the Zagat 30 point system. If you take a look at the Local Tab the layout is about as close as you can get to Yelp, you can enter in what you are looking for including the city.
Here is a brief overview of some of the changes.
- The appearance of a “Local” tab within Google+
- The integration of Zagat
- The integration of Google+ Local pages across Google. Mobil, search and maps.
- Static Places now give way to Google+ Local pages.
- Google’s 5 star ratings are replaced by the Zagat 30-point rating scale.
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