What will be the Fate of Pre Google+ Local Anonymous Reviews?

Google+ Local ImageLast 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?





  1. John Wilson on July 22, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I think they should go away and not be counted unless they are claimed within 60 days which is almost gone.

    Google will want to do that to get those who were OK with their reviews to have to get new ones which will get Google more Google+ users in the process.


  2. Ben on August 30, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Anonymous reviews are essential… Keep them!

    What if you want to review about a strip club? Or an embarrassing medical situation? Or your a-hole cousin runs a terrible pizza shop? Hello??

    Abuse can still be easily identified, tracked, and dealt with. I myself have been the victim of malicious competitor reviews, and they stick out like a sore thumb: No very negative reviews EVER over seven years, and then 6 within two hours, all originating from the same IP address? C’mon.

    It’s like having to log into Facebook in order to vote in a political election.

    This is just Google trying to overstep. The result is that I will not be reviewing anymore, for fear of retaliation. Adios, Google Local.

  3. admin on September 13, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Thanks for the comment John.

    It’s interesting to see how many reviews have “disappeared” recently.

    I wonder if Google did have a time period set for people to claim before their “spam filters” kicked in?!

  4. admin on September 13, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Thanks for chiming in Ben!

    Good points about reviews that may be credible, but you don’t necessarily want your name associated with the review.

    Another example would be if you had a really great DUI lawyer or an outstanding Plastic Surgeon (can’t remember where I read these examples, but really liked them).

    Maybe you could have a friend leave the review – something similar to “Had a friend who had as good an experience as could be expected given the circumstances of his bad decision. If you ever find yourself in need of a DUI lawyer, my friend highly recommends the Law Firm of DUI Firm Inc.”

    However, you’d have to read the Review Requirements for the site you’re submitting to. You may not be able to use the above example if the submission site requires the review to be from First hand Experience.

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