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June 27, 2005, 5:22 am
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information but they put the zip code in wrong and now it appears in Google
Local as many miles away from the actual location. I contacted them and
they said that "there is nothing that we can do about it. Eventually there
will be a way for people to edit their own Google Local listings."
Does anyone know when this is going to happen? This is really terrible
because only the competing businesses are listed in Google Local. I can't
get too angry at them in email becuase I'm afraid of the power they have
over the site rankings. Google has so much power over the success of
certain businesses now; how can they say that they are unwilling to correct
their own mistake?
Re: Google Local - Mistake "cannot be fixed"
You do know that Google Local in the UK is in fact Yell?
Their mistake is in being so dumb they think people can't recognise
the Yell directory when they see it. You could try having a go at Yell
and getting them to change it. Did you have a Paid entry or a freebie?
seo that watches the river flow...
Re: Google Local - Mistake "cannot be fixed"
And shortly you will be have "Google Earth" ....... that's if it ever
gets off the ground (no pun intended) ........ I can see lots people
crying "invasion of privacy" on this one.
Google Earth, which uses broadband streaming technology, shows an
aerial view of a user-requested location. The software can zoom in
from space-level close enough to see streets and buildings, and
overlays the search location on the picture.
The service includes local search for finding businesses, residences,
points of interest and other places. Driving instructions are also
overlaid on the aerial view, and are available in text format, which
is printable. The view itself can be tilted and rotated.
The new product uses technology from Keyhole Corp., a digital-mapping
company that Google acquired last year. Keyhole, based in Mountain
View, Calif., has built a multi-terabyte database of mapping
information and images collected from satellites and airplanes. Google
sold the Keyhole 2 LT software package for $29.95.
Google is not the first of its major rivals to combine aerial images
with local search. Microsoft Corp. last week started testing on its
MSN portal a service that enables consumers to get directory
information from Yellow and White pages, corresponding street maps
from Microsoft MapPoint and digital aerial images supplied by
TerraServer USA, a research project operated by Microsoft.
Another major competitor, Yahoo Inc., doesn't offer aerial views with
local search. But Gary Price of SearchEngineWatch.com said that's
probably just fine for the average consumer, since aerial views don't
add a lot of value when getting directions from one location to
another. A street map or driving directions in text format is all
But the Google service is advanced enough to attract attention, which
adds to its marketing image of being a technology-focused company
that's always on the cutting edge, even when less known companies,
such as GlobeXplorer LLC, has offered 3D aerial views for years.
"This helps Google reinforce its brand," Price said. "It keeps people
talking about Google. It keeps the buzz going."
And buzz has been a significant contributor to Google's success in
luring consumers. As of early June, the company's share of the U.S.
search market reached an all-time high of 52 percent, more than double
its closest competitor Yahoo and more than four times that of MSN.
This certainly helps Google in the area of local search, which holds
strong revenue potential for search engines, experts say. The reason
is many web surfers look for products and services near their home or
in cities they're visiting, making local search a favorite category
Google is offering a Google Earth Plus service for $20 a year that has
additional features, including compatibility with global positioning
systems and the ability to import data and make annotations. For
businesses, there's a professional version for $400 a year that offers
high-resolution printing and the ability to import data from
geographic information systems.
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