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    RIP Google+ Local Search - More Changes

    EDIT BY LINDA: This thread was split off from a thread on another topic. Gave this one a new thread so the 2 topics would not get mixed up and so could have a more relevant title.

    ORIGINAL THREAD:
    Google + "Collections" feature now live

    Scott in looking at that new feature discovered the missing Local Search. Scott said:


    Is it just me or is there no more "Local" under the drop down now that Collections has been added?
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    Re: Google + "Collections" feature now live

    OMG Scott, Local is gone from the G+ side menu.

    AND my direct bookmark link I always use for G Local search no longer works either.
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/local/united%20states
    It redirects to Google+ home page!

    I'll tell Google I think Collections accidentally knocked Local out.
    I hope it's an oops. Can't imagine it would be by design!
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    Re: Google + "Collections" feature now live

    I hope you're right Linda. I've been racking my brain trying to find it ever since I posted that. I even tried directly inputting the url and like you, it takes me back to the home page.
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    Re: Google + "Collections" feature now live

    Used G+ Local search 8 times earlier today. It's my primary tool for dupe research and other troubleshooting now.

    Please tell me this is a temporary oops and not a permanent change!

    Reported to Google. Will let you know what they say.
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    It's gone. It's by design!!!

    Just told Google:

    Did you know Google maps hides dupes so you can't find them and do research to fix them. Local shows them all. Classic used, to but it started hiding them too. This really cripples my ability to research and help folks with a variety of problems. That local search option was very valuable.

    I know you can find dupes in MM but it's a pain because you can't click through to view the listings. So if you have several dupes or spam listings that come up in MM for the same phone # for example, then to find which listing you want to report on G+ is a major pain. Or to even check the listings to see which are claimed. It's like 8 extra clicks for my painful carpal to do research on each listing now.

    I mean I know you can't make changes to please my carpal BUT after losing Classic, tons of consultants are going to be upset about losing G+ Local search too.
    Waiting to find out if I can quote the details I just got from Google.

    Oh and FYI listings NO LONGER HAVE A LOCAL ICON ON THEM EITHER.
    Local listings are now just labeled profile.


    As if it was not hard enough before for folks to tell the difference between page types.

    Makes me wonder what else is missing from local?
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    Re: Google + "Collections" feature now live

    Tim Sweeney in our Pro Community just showed me this post.

    Simplifying your review writing experience We are making some changes to…

    It basically explains the changes.
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    Re: Google + "Collections" feature now live

    I don't even know how to respond except WOW - sometimes Google just doesn't get it and I believe this is a perfect example.

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    Re: Google + "Collections" feature now live

    I know Holly. I'm kinda shell shocked too!

    Scott just posted at the Pro Community that Darren made a post too:

    So Long Google+ Local
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    Re: Google + "Collections" feature now live

    Of all the things to take away from that menu....local should not have been one of them. So frustrating.
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    Re: Google + "Collections" feature now live

    Here is the official statement I got from Google.

    We’ve been making some changes to Google+ to streamline the user experience. Recently, we’ve removed the Local element from the left-hand navigation ribbon and the local search box on Google+ Local pages. Users will see a Profile element and the standard Google+ search box moving forward and may still search for local (and other) pages using this search box.
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