Google Reviews – Disabled! (for now)

Doze meezerable cork-suckin’ bastiges!

This button is GONE!

Just when I got onboard with Google Reviews, those mega-geeks at Google are changing the game… apparently a lot.

The names on my reviews are gone.  Instead of a “star” rating system, it’s now a 0 to 3 out of 3 system.  So, instead of five stars, a perfect score is 3/3.  And, Google Places is reportedly being merged with Google+ business profiles.

Here is a quick scoring guide from Google:

Google Reviews’ new scoring guide.

When you click on the “learn more” link at the bottom of that guide, you get to this page describing the new system in more detail:

So… there ya go, and stay tuned!  It seems that Google wants to force people to set up a Google account and use Google+ in order to post reviews and access them.  Hmmmm….  I don’t know how this will all unfold.  But, it is what it is, and either we’ll adapt, or this approach will fall flat.  Post your own thoughts in the comment section below!  :)

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2 Responses to Google Reviews – Disabled! (for now)

  1. Charles Payet says:

    Mike, it’s a lot bigger than that. Google is finally merging the Google Places listings with – or converting it to – a Google+ Local listing, as I actually suggested on DT they might back when Google first announced the G+ Business Pages. Looks like this could have some major impact in terms of SEO, as the new G+ Local listings will be indexed for searches. This could be huge, and while it might make Google Reviews harder to get, the benefits may be well worth it.

    The tricky part is figuring out how the transition will happen.

  2. As my grandfather used to say: “Ima hava harda tima keepin’ uppa wit alla dis bulla crap!”

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