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article imageGoogle adds 'Places' to Google Maps

By Brenton Currie     Sep 25, 2009 in Internet
Today Google posted information on its blog about a new feature for Google Maps called "Places" which combines aggregated data about a location, for example the United States of America, or business, in one page similar to that offered by Yelp.
"A Place Page is a webpage for every place in the world, organizing all the relevant information about it. By every place, we really mean *every* place — there are Place Pages for businesses, points of interest, transit stations, neighborhoods, landmarks and cities all over the world" Lior Ron, a Senior Product Manager on the Place Page team said.
You can access these pages by clicking "More Info" in the sidebar when you search for a location, or by visiting the page direct using a friendly URL (which you can usually work out as they are in the format of google.com/places/country/state/suburb).
At this stage it appears you can't actually edit the pages, and they simply contain information pulled from places such as YouTube, Panoramio and Wikipedia.
These "places" for businesses are very similar to Yelp for because they contain almost every ounce of information you're likely to need such as the website, location, reviews etc. along with some data which seems to be being pulled from the likes of Citysearch and Zagat.
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