Google Tags Now Available Nationwide

In a post on the Google Maps blog last night, Google announced that Tags will begin rolling out nationwide.  The latest list of available areas will be available here.

For the $25 a month, your Tags are now included in mobile search results as well.

The post still used the word ‘trial’ to describe the program, so it is still possible that Tags get retired at some point here.  However, the nationwide expansion means the limited trial must have cleared whatever internal relevancy, performance or revenue metrics Google had in place.

Google Places Update Pushes Bulk Verification

Last week, Google Places got some minor UI and functional tweaks.  The changes were focused on the ‘business summary’ page that lists all of the locations managed within the account and are summarized here. The most interesting change though, was the push to verify bulk listings.  When you login to an account that has locations added via the bulk feed and they have not been verified, you now get a very prominent message that you should consider doing so: