Google Changes the Name of Google Maps -> Google Local -> Google Places

Matt Cutts announced on Friday that Google Local (also known as Google Maps) will now be called “Google Places.” From This week in search (Permalink for 04/23/2010):

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Also this week we announced that the Local Business Center is becoming Google Places. With one out of five searches on Google related to location, we wanted to better connect Place Pages (which launched last September for more than 50 million places globally) to a tool that enables businesses to manage their Google presence. With this change, business owners will benefit from several new ways to expand their online presence, while making it easier for you to make better decisions about local shopping. From real-time coupon updates to interior photos of businesses on place pages, these ongoing enhancements will make local search all the more useful to you. The launch of Google Places is just the beginning of Google becoming more local. If you’re a business owner and want to learn more, check out google.com/places.

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