Ryan Pitylak here covering Mike Blumenthal’s coverage of Google’s new Places functionality.
Google has been doing some pretty interesting stuff with their new Places pages. Although I was a bit unhappy with the Places pages at first, I’m starting to like them as I become used to them. Some of the new functionality, as outlined by Mike Blumenthal in his Google Maps: Now Adding Reviews from News Sites, Hyperlocal Blogs, and Other Non Traditional Reviews Sources (long title…) writes about how Google is parsing review based content from blogs and using that information in the Google Local post. This is very interesting because it means that Google is starting to understand the details of the content within local websites. I thought it would take some standardized format, such as hReviews, but I guess it didn’t. However, I think some standardization would be nice for everyone, including Google.
Great post Mike – looking forward to looking into this concept more! ~ Ryan Pitylak