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If they let this stay the way it is, people will flock to Bing in droves.
its a bit like when you go in the supermarket and they've changed all the shelves around. the bread is where the milk goes and you cant find the biscuits. its annoying, but do we go to the shop down the road? nope. we just have a little moan and carry on shopping.
users will probably do the same with google. bit depressing for us webmasters
...to appear in the organic listings (as opposed to the Map listings), from the results I've seen, anyway, a local business must have a website.
I don't see how Google could easily resolve the differences. In the Google Map listings, it's not necessary for local business to have websites... whereas in the organic listings, at least for now, it is.
.... heads up about Places. Out of about 10 or so people on two or three noticed "something different."
What was the overall user behaviour - what did they click on?
gives them a way to monetize organic SERPS
In the current format ? Across all categories ?
I'm not sure Google feels any genuine obligation other than to the shareholders
so far we've not suffered from a loss of traffic
From what I can see so far we've not suffered from a loss of traffic post update on any of our sites.