Google’s Local Carousel Disappears for Several Local Listing Categories

It seems the end to Google’s local Carousel has finally come – at least for some search categories.

The Local Carousel of search results for hotels, restaurants, nightlife and entertainment is now being replaced by a pack of three organic listings along with some secondary pages, according to a report from Search Engine Land.

Rather than showing […]

Checked Out the Revamped Facebook Places Directory Yet?

It seems Facebook has quietly redesigned its Places directory page. With the integration of the Page Locations API, Graph Search and user-generated content, Facebook Places now almost looks like a crude local search site that offers guided browsing.

Places also now has a small section of popular places in the user’s current location, like the one […]

New Google My Maps Offers Local Search Opportunities

Google My Maps, previously Google Maps Engine Lite, lets you create custom maps and share them with others. The upgraded features will be the default setting by the end of the year.

With the new My Maps, you can create your own event maps for camping trips, conventions or city breaks, or share driving directions. It […]

Microsoft Adds Interactive 3D Views to New Bing Maps Preview App

If you love exploring new places, now you can do so at the comfort of your couch or office (or anywhere actually) with the new Bing Maps Preview app.

Featuring interactive, high-resolution 3D world and city views, the app takes you on a virtual tour to places you always wanted to visit. The app is optimised […]

Google’s Carousel is Dropped from Local Search Results in a Test

Google is looking at trading out the local carousel on desktop with a cleaner knowledge graph box that closely resembles mobile search results. The carousel of results especially applies to searches like restaurants, hotels and the like.

The test was first mentioned on the Moz Google+ page on August 15th. The updated knowledge graph shows still […]

Yahoo Acquires Zofari: Search Engine Takes ‘Pandora for Places’ App Into Its Fold

It seems search engines are in a race to acquire apps to improve their search functionalities. Recently, Yahoo bought local recommendations app Zofari, which said in a post that it will “continue to build amazing discovery experiences at a scale we’ve only dreamed of.”

The San Francisco-based startup says it will “deliver brilliant local recommendations in […]

Google Pigeon Shakes Things Up on Local Search

Google Pigeon: Google’s New Algorithm Update Affect Local Queries
For those unaware, Google has let out another one of its pets to shake things up on local search. The tech giant said that the new algorithm update is tied more closely to traditional web search ranking signals to deliver more accurate, useful and relevant local results […]

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