In May, Linda Buquet reported on what turned out to be apparent sabotage of Places business listings by the local search firm 411Local. Here is a recent screen shot of a search in Maps still showing the Places listing defacements.
Well 411Local is back in the spotlight today. This post appeared in the Google Places Forums:
411locals is threatening to remove my places account
Topic of your question (reviews, categories, duplicate listing, etc.): I have been getting call from 411 locals threatening to remove my places page.
Your business name as it is in your Google Places account:ArtKat Photography
Your business type/category (e.g. photographer, hospital, etc.): Photography
URL(s) if applicable:www.artkatphotography.com
2 years ago I did a 1 month trial with 411locals.net. They got everything wrong and I cancelled after 1 month of service. Since then I have made many updates to my places account and now, 2 years later, 411locals is calling and telling me “we have been updating your account and if you don’t sign up again we will remove it” Since I maintain it myself, I know this is not the case, but they have my PIN so I am afraid of the damage they will do to my places page. Any suggestions? 10/24/11
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411Locals In the Spotlight Again
by Mike Blumenthal