Google's social review system for businesses with Google+ Local utilizing Zagat which was rolled out in May this year --today received an update to the "Reviewing Scale on Google+ Local."
"It's easier than ever to write accurate, useful reviews on Google+ Local, thanks to the updated rating scale we rolled out," Google's Megan Stevenson posted on G+.
If you want to rate the food at a restaurant, or the quality of a mechanic, "just choose "poor - fair," "good," "very good," or "excellent"," she explains. Adding, "Behind the scenes, we'll convert your ratings into numbers and factor them into the business' precise 30-point score that shows up in Google+, Search and Maps," said Stevenson.
To give it a try! just click on the Google+ Local icon in the left navigation bar, search for a local spot and click "Write a review."
The other nice recent addition is that you can see reviews that your friends have made by visiting their profile -- as the company rolled out Google+ Profile update and giving back Local Reviews in Profiles.
"It seems that Google has added Local review statistics to profiles again. You may remember that they added this functionality late last month and then removed it less than 48 hours later for reasons unknown," posted Lee Jarratt.
"Seeing reviews that others have left, if they want to expose that, is a great way to find new places to check out, and also plants the seed that you should also review a place to help the next person out," Google said.
Let's hope the 'link to Local' functionality is here to stay as it is sure to boost the number of reviews for businesses in Google+ Local.
A new version 3.2 of Google+ apps for Android and iOS out today brings "support for Google+ pages," that gives page owners the ability to post, comment, and interact with their followers directly from their mobile device.
Additionally the "Android version now includes an updated widget, and a new 'Find People' experience. And, the iOS version adds iPhone 5 and iOS 6 support, and the ability to edit your posts," Google posted.
AppSurfer, a new startup debuts with a aim to help developers let their users experience Android app through a web browser before downloading to their devices.
"AppSurfer is an open platform which wants to promote apps everywhere on the web - blogs, product pages, social, etc.," the promoters says. "As a standard, we send users to Google Play for downloading apps."
The AppSurfer in nustshell let:
- instant publishing of an Android app on AppSurfer and creates web presence for your app
- app on the web links can be used on social channels, blogs, reviews sites etc. Users will re-share it on the web, culminating in a snowball effect of traffic and referrals.
- As consumers experience the app on the web, they are gently prompted to download the app
- AppSurfer provides an embeddable app widget of your app that can be integrated on your own product web page.
- AppSurfer intends to also offer an 'App Showcase' section for visitors to its site so that they can discover new apps.
- Users can directly use and experience the'app on the web' offering (for a short time of 10 minutes)
In addition, AppSurfer will also offer HTML5 access, allowing it to run in the browser on smartphones, tablets, and PCs.
And, finally, a new look for the mobile Google homepage launches today -- Now, when you tap the new menu button in the upper left you'll see a sidebar with other popular Google products, helping you get to them quickly and easily, google announced.
If you've upgraded to Google+, you'll also see your Google+ notifications and the share button.
The new homepage only links to Google Image Search and you have to tap a button to find all the other Google services. Even search results page don't include the menu. The search box has been shrinked, there's a bigger Google logo and the links to specialized search engines are displayed below the search box, just like in the tablet interface.
Visitwww.google.com on your Android phone or iPhone to give it a try.