mhansen - 6:12 pm on Sep 20, 2011 (gmt 0)
Off topic - did WebmasterWorld just install a new text editor, like within a few minutes ago?
are you seeing changes from today
Yes, the changes seem to have taken hold on the local 7-pack within the last day or two at best.
Test it... "cityname locksmith" (Something that has gotten a LOT of attention lately) shows a mix off generic serp's plus local listings mixed in, but no 7-pack, no Google Places package.
cityname landscaper, cityname plumber... all the same, no more Google places listings.
2-3 general serp listings
7-10 map pin listings, but not a normal Google Places 7-pack.