UPDATE 18-may-2014: I don't think i have this kind of influence, but according to Jade Wang, there are new features for google maps for Business, including
- Bulk Edit of locations
- Data Conflict interface
- Adding and removing managers
See the whole thread on the product forum of Google.!
(and now… the original post)
It happened so fast: Vic Gundotra announced that he was leaving Google+ and suddenly, all hell broke loose! The ground cracked open, flames erupted and the sky become dark… And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
Riding the Google+ (Wave?)
Most press has decided to ride the wave in order to get more exposure. I’m talking about you, Techcrunch, especially if your editors have not been on Google+ for… well… ages.
…but i digress.
The departure of Vic could probably forestall some important changes, but i doubt that Google+ will disappear. According to similar web estimates, the G+ URL is visited by 1.2 BILLION people. Come on guys, it’s not Google Wave.
The Killing Streak Continues!
It seems that declaring the premature death of social networks is the hot trend between
serial gossipers journalists.
This time it’s the Atlantic, which on the 30th of April, declared Twitter… dead. Or at least suffering a slow and painful demise. (Check the article, but you deserve a nofollow dear Atlantic, the html5 standard states that we should nofollow untrustworthy sites).
Fortunately, there’s a counter-article written by the Slate, detailing why Twitter is staying and what is the difference between a service platform (Twitter) and a social network (Facebook).
The Problem with the Press is…
Even when they have no conflict of interest (cough-cough, shares, cough-cough), in most cases, articles are written by people with no technical competence.
I’m not saying that articles should be written by engineers… heaven forbid! But journalists (and bloggers) should try to check their sources before declaring the death of something that’s beyond their grasp.
One Last Word Dedicated to the Google+ Dev Team
Please, release your grip from Google maps for business.
Or assign a serious team of developers and evolve it into a serious platform for real companies. At the moment, it’s perfect… for small(ish) businesses.
jumping around managing several Google maps stores is a nightmare and it’s neither scalable nor automatable. And I assure you that when you’re publishing updated product lists for retail outlets, it’s a proper and useful feature that should be automated (like the product feed for Adwords, so to speak).
Two years ago, i had a client with NINETY-FOUR (94) retail outlets. A proper business would be happy to pay a price (do i have your attention, sales team?) to have a dashboard in order to simplify the management of the Map properties.
Oh right, i almost forgot to ask for proper customer support with tickets. You have no idea how many months it took to get the bulk list to be approved… but i do: four frigging months!
So Google plus dev team, pretty please – request the resources to fix those issues or get rid of Maps and make it a stand-alone product.