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Wednesday, May 18, 2011 | 5:23 PM

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Google Places makes it quick and easy for you to tell your friends, and the world, what you think about the places you visit.

And since your reviews are your reviews, we figured giving you access to all this content in one convenient way might be helpful. Now, when you visit your profile on Google Places (to find it, click on your picture in the upper left of the screen), you’ll find a link along the left that points to an Atom feed of all the place ratings and reviews you’ve created on Google. The feed address is known only to you, but you are free to share it however you want. So, go on, enjoy your data.

In addition to taking your Google Places ratings and reviews with you, we also thought it’d be useful if you could more easily rate and review on Google the places you’ve found elsewhere in your travels or on the web.

To do that, just find the URL of a public GeoRSS/Atom feed that contains place information you care about. This could be anything from a feed of your Foursquare check-ins to a My Map you may have created years ago. Paste the URL into the search box on Google Places. We’ll show you place cards that line up, as best as we’re able to determine, with the places in the public geo feed. Then, you can rate to your heart’s content.

By making it easier for you take your opinions with you and rate familiar places quickly, we hope you’ll find more places you love, no matter where you may have discovered them.

Posted by Juan Silveira, Software Engineer

9 comments:

Ash said...

Doesn't seem to work as described. The markers come up, but each place shows a URL as feeds.foursquare.com but the Place Page can't be opened to view or rate.

Vanessa Schneider said...

Hey Ash --

Here are the steps:

1) Go to foursquare.com/feeds (make sure to be logged in)
2) Cut/paste the first RSS link there
3) Go to places.google.com/rate (make sure to be logged in)
4) Drop that RSS link in the "Search" bar at the top, hit Search
5) The Place cards corresponding with your Foursquare check-ins should show up. Rate and review away!

And here are the links to our Help Center articles for this particular feature:

http://www.google.com/support/places/home/bin/static.py?page=guide.cs&guide=29942&topic=29944&answer=1060891

http://www.google.com/support/places/home/bin/static.py?page=guide.cs&guide=29942&topic=29944&answer=1062007

Hope that helps!

- Vanessa, Google Places community manager

Stevhen said...

As an avid Foursquare user with check-ins everywhere I go, I love this addition. Good work!

Edo said...

I can't find the "See reviews as a feed" link in my google places profile as described here http://goo.gl/hcIjA

imma said...

is there an easy way to get the geo feed from a google mymap? it doesn't seem to be simple or easy :-(
oh, I have to right click on the strange blue icon to get the feed? *looks confused* that seems to have done something but it really should be under a link called 'geo feed' or something *sigh*
Yay for it working eventually, though :-)

foursquare feed works great :-) thanks

Joel said...

I can't find it in my places account. I also control about 52 locations in there, is that the problem?

Mason said...

Awesome new feature. I also like the ability to add ?count=3000 (or whatever number you'd like to display) to the end of the rss link to import more than the default load of I believe 25 most recent Foursquare check-ins. You can also add this to the kml network link that Foursquare provides to display all the places you've checked-in on Google Earth ;)

Vanessa Schneider said...

Edo -- Try clearing your cache? You should see the link about halfway down the page on the left: "Get your reviews as a feed." To access your Places profile, go to google.com/hotpot/me.

Joel -- The link is not in your LBC/business owner account, but on your Google Places ratings and reviews profile: google.com/hotpot/me.

Let me know if you're both still having trouble!

And Mason -- great tip!

- Vanessa, Google Places community manager

Zachary Reiss-Davis said...

Will there be, or is there, any way of merging my Yelp reviews into Google Places? I'd be very interested in doing so, and I have a lot more interesting "reviews" type information there than I do on Foursquare. Thanks.