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Google officially launches Google Local, merging it Google maps

official launch of Google Local, merging it Google maps

     
7:32 am on Oct 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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didn't see this anywhere so......

Google Inc. today announced the official launch of Google Local, merging the technologies behind Google Local and Google Maps. No longer in beta in the U.S. and Canada, users can visit [local.google.com...] to find local search and mapping information in one place.

full article at: [w3reports.com...]

check it out directly at: [local.google.com...]

12:05 pm on Oct 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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We have two related business operating from one location. They are distinct but similar in a large market big-picture view.

Local grouped the two companies together when searching the lesser brand with the greater. Love that cross sell.

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Newspapers are very, very worried about this. Rightfully so. But, most newspapers have been (and remain) so lame in developing local web directories that it is difficult to feel sorry for them.

Ditto yellow pages.

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Anyone notice anything new or different about google's local search since it's left beta?
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Wonder if they will add it to the Autolink in the GoogleToolbar?
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OK, judging by the reponse to this thread, Local is still nowhere in the minds of most webmasters.
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OK, judging by the reponse to this thread, Local is still nowhere in the minds of most webmasters.

I was just about to say that. ^^;;

I thought local was the supposed to THE new "search" thing, so to speak. go figure. heh.

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It might be a little more exciting if it worked better. Local search is good for some searches, but is really poor for many others.

As the owner of a local directory, I'm in no special hurry to see them get it right!

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ditto here - I run a local directory/search engine for the town I live in (in the UK) and am busy signing up local businesses.

We have a number of paper directories in the town but nobody (apart from yours truly) has ever tried an online one.

G can hold their horses as far as I'm concerned.

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So how do you get into local search?
I thought in UK you subscribe to Yellow Pages. I did that about 9 months ago and I'm still not in Googles local search (the UK version).
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in korea... "they" (won't say who..I'm paranoid like that...but they are the only one that can really do it) are going to launch a service soon where you just pay to be included... about $5 a month. again..um..er... I so I heard (disclaimer disclaimer). Shhhhhhh! I didn't say that. and you probably don't care. but anyway...that's what it is.

that's very NOT google style, but it does mean they probably won't going to be launching local here with any kind of following either. (netizens here don't really cares about google in the first place as its not popular anyway)

Every business or owner of a phone number can register---site or not. 0_0;; ^^

Interesting though...never thought aobut how private online local directory providers would NOT like to hear this news. (but hey...maybe you all should be thinking...buyout! lol).