Well, it looks like the new
Google Places Google+ Local has been up for a couple days. I haven’t gotten a chance to play around much yet, but hopefully will soon. I did get a chance to check out observations from David Mihm. Another post I found really interesting was a Q&A from Mike Blumenthal. Two questions and answers I really liked:
To me, this is fantastic news. I’ve never been a fan of companies or individuals leaving fake reviews just to try to help either their own or their client’s placement. Plus, users are smart and see right through this kind of thing.
So, I dug around just a bit and went to my profile which I admittedly never update. They let me know that any review I make is from my real name. I like this. It just makes sense.
Very intuitive. Next, a real example:
Hit Continue? You see something like this.
Again, I like this. If I was to have a change of heart regarding a business I’ve purchased from, not letting the public see the review is an option.
Now it’s time to confirm and publish:
That’s it. Here’s an example of a review:
Many others have noted about the more prominence of Zagat. I did notice my rating changed just a bit. When I initially gave it a review it was for four out of five stars. Now that they are using a 0-3 rating, it changed just a bit. I’m not going to worry about the small things, though.
What are your thoughts on the new review system? We’d love to hear them.