What has caught my eye in Google this week?
Google Places Forum Weekly Video Wrap Up
Vanessa Schneider, the Google Places Community Manager over at the Google And Your Business forum has started a weekly video overview of the topics from the forum. I have to say – with the number of posts on that forum, it can’t be an easy task keeping an eye on it even with help!
The video is below, but please remember that what happens in the US Google Places doesn’t automatically appear here in the UK.
- New bulk uploads feature for 10 or more listings (not tried/seen this as I work with small businesses)
- New features on Google Offers (Offers feature not available in the UK)
- “We currently do not support this location” bug fixed
- The use of a URL in addition to direct upload for showing photos in Google Places fixed (Lies! Still doesn’t work for me or on a couple of clients Places I checked, may take a while to swim over)
- If you have a suite number in your address it should be in line 2 of the street address field (Since Google appears not to like building names, I’d put those there too)
- Videos in the dashboard not appearing live on the Places listing – may be related to the location bug, under investigation
Google Knowledge Graph
“Things, not strings”, the idea being that Google recognises when you have searched for something real – a person, place etc and gives you other info that others have found useful based on their Knowledge Graph. It’s rolling out over on google.com, so expect it here at some point too.
Two videos in one post – I apologise!
(excuse me while I sob into my coffee – or is it just me who doesn’t want or need others opinions on what I should be looking for?)
Search Plus Your World
Talking of what others think… Google’s Search Plus Your World still isn’t ready to roll out in Europe (hurrah!) Google Fellow and VP, Amit Singhal revealed this titbit of info in his keynote speech at SMX London earlier in the week.
It all boils back down to “relevancy” rather than traditional links. Whom you are connected to, what content you are producing and what’s being shared is becoming a major player.
Well, it gives us more time to get to grips with Google Plus – you are there aren’t you? Connect with me.A Week in Google - 19th May 2012 by Jan Kearney