What Came Before Google Places?

By now, it's no secret that most people who are online use Google to search for information about local restaurants, shops, and other businesses. As we presented in a recent Business Bytes program, it's simply common sense for most businesses to verify their listing on Google Places. But have you ever wondered what came before Google Places? Many of you might remember Google Local and, of course, Google Maps is still around.
 
This presentation by Mike Blumenthal provides a brief history of features Google has implemented in Google Local, Google Maps, and now Google Places. What's most interesting to me is Google's shift to develop content and information for mobile device users. What types of features are you hoping for in the next year?
 

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