Google Testing (or Rolling out?) New 3-Pack Carousel

Downdated 6/22: This was reported by Barry Schwartz as first spotted in November by Velentin Pletzer and seen off and on in June by tl;dr Marketing. The current widespread visibility implies that this might be the rollout and not a test. Over the weekend, my mobile devices are all seeing a new 3-pack with a carousel display …

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Google Maps Updated to Include Black Lives Matter Plaza

As noted by John Gruber, sometimes the pen can send a mighty message. Or rather in this case, a paint brush. Yesterday (Friday), The Mayor of DC declared part of a street that runs near the White House “Black Lives Matter Plaza”, inaugurating the new plaza with giant yellow letters and a brand-new street sign. …

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Google Rolls Out Business Provider Plan to Replace Trusted Verifier Program

Google has begun rolling out their Business Provider program to replace the Trusted Verifier Program that was recently terminated.  The Business Provider program is designed to let organizations like Chambers of Commerce or banks with small business clients facilitate a Google My Business Verification for their members or clients.  Groups or organizations share business data with …

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New Google Local Discovery: Search by Photos

On mobile, Google is showing a new image based search interface. It is currently a supplement to the 3 Pack for local keyword searches and it shows local results visually based on an image matching the search query. The new mobile focused search method does not yet appear on the desktop. It is not clear …

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Google Local Events: Immersive Experience or Endless Loop?

My nephew and his fiancee recently moved back to Buffalo NY from San Francisco. Their dream was to help create and foster the art scene in the reviving Buffalo urban culture. So they created the Buffalo Institute for Contemporary Art (aka BICA)1.  They bought some gallery space and put up a somewhat inadequate  SquareSpace website2. …

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