This update was posted late yesterday on the Google LatLong Blog post about Combatting Spammy Closed Listing Labels on Google Maps
Update 9/14/11 at 6:26pm (PST): As promised, we’ve recently made a change to our process of displaying when a business has been reported to be closed on its place page. More specifically, we have removed the interim notification about a report having been made so that a listing will only be updated after it has been reviewed by Google and we believe the change to be accurate.
The good news is that Google will only report out a business as being closed after it has been reviewed by Google. There will no longer be the interim message of “Reported to Be Closed”.
The questions remains as to whether an email will be sent to a claimed business and what signals and how Google will actually close the business. But on average it appears to be a solution moving in the right direction.
Here are previous articles with a timeline on the topic for those of you just catching this story:
|9/14||This blog||Google Places: Now Permanently Closed with 2 clicks – Its Getting Worse NOT Better|
|9/6||This blog||NY Times: Closed, Says Google, but Shops’ Signs Say Open|
|9/6||Lat-Long Blog||Combatting Spammy Closed Listing Labels on Google Maps|
|9/5||NY Times||Closed, Says Google, but Shops’ Signs Say Open|
|8/16||Google PR/Joey||Clarification re: Clarification re: closed listings on Google Places|
|8/15||This blog||News Flash: Google Mt View Reported Closed!|
|8/15||This blog||Places Blackhat Playground – Reported To Be Closed|
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