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Understanding Google My Business & Local Search

Google Places – Flakiness and New Display

Reports have been coming in about flakiness in the verification process. Optilocal reported earlier in the week issues with service area and he also noted several users having reported temporary issues with phone verification which Google reports is fixed(Image from Michael Borgeit of, frequent system errors (We’re sorry but we are unable to server your request). I have also noticed issues with verified listings not showing up in Places in a timely manner.

Steve King from spotted this change to the Places page. Although one presumes with all of these other quirks that more significant changes are likely on the way.