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Colan Nielsen

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Jul 19, 2012
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This is new to me. It appears that there are now additional options when reporting a business in Google Maps.

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Anyone else seeing this? What do you think?

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Nice find, Colan. It does look like that toggle feature (at the top of the display) is new.
Yes! I saw those yesterday when I wanted to report someone who was not hiding their address when they worked from home. But I wasn't sure which box to check. Private?
That is very exciting indeed.
Good coverage in the post, Colan.

I find it interesting that Google doesn't even make you sign into a Google account to leave feedback. (I just reported a duplicate listing without signing in.)

BTW, the reCAPTCHA on the Imprezzio blog seems to be broken. Tried to leave a comment on there, but couldn't.
Thanks Phil! I didn't realize you could leave feedback if you aren't signed-in. Good to know.
I think they may be doing some quality control here. Taking a page out of the market research book, they may be trying to find the biggest flaw via user responses then work to create a solution for users. At least that's what I would use this data for if I was on the receiving end of it.
It would be Spam if verified listing.

Thanks Andrew - only just saw this. I have been reluctant to 'dob people in' for showing their home address but these are guys who are marketing themselves as SEO specialists and taking up 3 of the 7 pack.

I think the time has come!
I agree with you Jo. I think a lot of business owners who are SAB's don't even realize that they aren't set-up with proper service area settings. So I usually give the benefit of the doubt.

However, I also agree with you that I would submit the report if there were other factors that made it pretty clear that they were purposefully spamming.
If its a verified listing then its purposeful spamming. Otherwise its just spam, either way it violates the rules and is properly removed as such.
If it's a verified listing, most likely purposeful, yes. But not always. And I don't think messing up on the settings in the dashboard is cause for listing removal.

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