Last week’s “upgrade” from Places to Google+ Local has left many questions, including what will be the fate of all Pre GPlus Local Reviews?
These reviews currently display a generic “A Google User” Title that’s about as useful as an ashtray on a motorcycle.
What exactly are the chances that every gmail reviewer will step out proudly and claim their reviews even if it means putting a pic and a name next to it? I’d have a better chance of wining the nachional speling bea.
We (and G) all know that this simply is not going to happen.
The “fake” reviews by unethical competitors, shady blackhatters and people who will do anything for $5 will remain unclaimed. Which brings us to the question of “What’s G’s plan for these abandoned social votes that have shifted and swayed countless customers and have accounted for only God knows how many sleepless nights?”
I for one vote that a time period is given (ex: 6 months) for all the unloved reviews to be claimed by their proud parent or else removed due to abandonment. This allows plenty of time for Google to get the word out via Video or even via Gmail to that reviewers account giving them fair warning that their review will be deemed invalid if not claimed.
Sure, you’re going to have quite a few legitimate reviews (good and bad) lost in the process, but with the sheer number of bogus reviews floating around, it would be hard to end up any worse than what we currently are faced with!
Any other insights as to what the near future holds for the hundreds of thousands of reviews that are still influencing countless dollars on a daily basis? If you, like BK, could Have It Your Way, what would you do?