I'm testing out the report a duplicate feature to see if the response (or lack of) has changed at all.
Something else different that I noticed, and makes me a little hopeful, is that I was provided a list of Business listings at the location, and was able to choose the location the listing is a duplicate of. And interestingly enough, that feature showed me another dup I wasn't aware of.. so if nothing else, this may be useful as another method to check for duplicates.
@Cherie Dickey, it is useful for sniffing out duplicates, for sure. It's a pity Google only seems to turn up a short list, though. Would be nice if when we picked "None of the above" Google would show even more potential duplicates.
Hmm...I'm not certain. Maybe it's asking if the business is changing hands? As in new owners? That would make sense because when that's the case, technically the old listing should be closed because the business itself is fundamentally different under new management - the reviews are not theirs.
The report change of business opion will create two edit suggestions at once:
1. Place closed - you're suggesting that the existing business is permanantly closed
2. Place creation - you're suggesting a new place is there with the name you put in the field
@Cherie Dickey, that was my guess. It's a weird question, because it doesn't seem to affect the nature or outcome of your edit. After you choose either "report a change of business" or "fix the name," Google just says "thanks for your edit." Seems just for decoration.
@Phil Rozek, @Cherie Dickey's - Yep, it does seem the intention is to prevent people from just changing the name on a listing in a situation where it instead should be closed and a new one created in its place.
The outcome of each option differs in that 'report change of business' makes two suggestions at once when you submit (close this listing and also create a new one with the suggested name), while 'fix the name' just makes an edit suggestion to the existing listing's name, which is what we're used to.
I tested it on a listing that needed to be corrected. I chose 'report change of business' and it created these two edits in my edit history. Fortunately, they were both denied instantly.
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