Local Search Expert
- Jun 28, 2012
Google has not given up on Google+, they just did a MAJOR upgrade. Big changes, no hangouts, lots of other things changed, you can read links below for all of that info.
The bad news for Local?
NO reviews. NO obvious "About" page and no "About" tab.
You have to hit the very subtle i icon to get to "About".
Then it just loads a pop over with contact info. Many listings don't even have phone.
NO business category. NO business description. Oh and and I'll say it again - NO reviews!
The emphasis of Google+ now is Communities and Collections.
Local is even further distanced from Google+ than before.
I'm rushing to print, just to get the news out there and get the discussion started, so folks can start checking it out and sharing observations.
Here are a few quick posts about the update. I'm still digesting, so will have more info in a bit:
Local Search Pros Discussion Here
<a href="https://googleblog.blogspot.com/2015/11/introducing-new-google.html">Introducing the new Google+</a>
<a href="https://plus.google.com/+LukeWroblewski/posts/jJvNS3mwxyv">Dive into the new Google+</a>
<a href="https://plus.google.com/+MartinBrossman/posts/4fswA85ffiV">OK, how do I try out the new Google Plus?</a>
Good post by Ben Fisher about New G+ Navigation + Whats missing
IF YOU ARE NOT SEEING IT - YOU HAVE TO FORCE IT.
There's a trick you'd never find on your own. h/t Ana Hoffman on Google+
To force it: settings >>> Apps & Activities >>> MANAGE GOOGLE+ ACTIVITY then on next page click the search bar and then it will change, but it will kick you out to a new screen. So then you have to search bar the business or copy the URL to the G+ page. But sometimes when you just copy the link in, it goes to 404.
(PS the image above is just some random Chiro I don't know. Note: He has 8 reviews in reality.)