londrum - 9:04 pm on Jan 10, 2011 (gmt 0)
i discovered today that someone has used my website's URL to register for one of Google's place pages.
My website's name is of the format 'Location-Noun.com' and someone who's business can be described with the same noun, in the same location as me, has used my site to get themselves on of those big red pins positioned above me in the SERPs.
Now... my site has got absolutely nothing to do with his business. The noun can have several different meanings, and anyone who ends up on my site looking for his business will immediately know that they're in the wrong place. it's a completely different subject.
I can only guess that he hasn't got a website of his own, and he thought he'd hijack my URL to benefit from the traffic that my site gets in the SERPs.
I think it's a bit out of order that Google allows people to effectively "claim ownership" of a website for their place page, without even checking if it's true.
I've had to email google to try and get my site disassociated with his business, but knowing how slow they reply to emails, i'm not holding my breath.