Over the past few days there's been a lot of discussion revolving the new Google Algorithmic changes and how they will affect your business across the web. Google has added new features to the Google Places to one that will provide more evidence of Google's focus on local commerce.
The new "NOW OPEN" feature allows IPhone and Android users to filter their local search results to show only businesses that are open at the time of their queries. Based on the business listed hours in Google Places. That presents a powerful tool for late-night restaurants and any local business that operates outside the realm of a traditional schedule - especially if most of their competitors do keep traditional schedules?
Do you feel that this will be a helpful tool for your business? Do you think you will have to stay open longer? More important, is the fact that Open Now is just one of many new features aimed at dressing up Places and making it easier for users to find local businesses on Google.
Do you find any value in it? to me it seems like it will just add more confusion to the Google Algorithm, because anyone can go online and say they are open 24 hours a day.
To me it seems Google's just has a strong interest on local businesses some say it's just a way for Google to compete with Groupon and the link. What ever Google's motivation is, Google is making it easier for businesses to get noticed on the web... But what if you don't have a web site? What if you're in the beginning stages of forming your business?
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