Msg#: 4003427 posted 3:22 pm on Oct 9, 2009 (gmt 0)
The layout of the 7 pack is much more attractive to me than the 10 pack - but Google have still got a long way to go before they have decent local results in the UK (having said that, it's a problem for anyone trying to collect local data for the type of businesses that we track).
Msg#: 4003427 posted 8:26 pm on Oct 12, 2009 (gmt 0)
It is more attractive, I'd say.
Easier to read, which is likely good for usability.
Also, it's probably engineered to better target the number of choices which users are more likely to want to have.
It does tend to increase the urgency surrounding the basis for choosing which businesses make it into the highly-desired seven positions. There's been less education on the part of Google regarding rankings of Google Maps slots compared with education provided around rankings in regular websearch results.