Localeze’s ambitions to be the single management source for all local listings on the web got yet another boost yesterday. Their “Persistent ID” (PID) system has been integrated into Twitter Places alongside other services such as Gowalla and OpenTable.
This is good news for app developers who previously had no means to easily and reliably extract data from Twitter Places. Now, the data can be called via the API using the ‘place ID’ of particular providers. Whereas before it all had to be done via a crude search query. It’s also good news for Localeze customers as it means not only are they maintaining the integrity of their business listings on search engines, but also in the eco-system of apps too.
With the U.S. holiday shopping stampede commencing in approximately 36 hours, tech savvy New Yorkers could develop a strategic advantage in the competition for deal-nabbing. Today, software engineers Dmitry Pakhomkin and Artem Zarutskiy, have launched a location based search engine called Goodzer to find any consumer item in any store of the five boroughs of New York City.
Search for any product and Goodzer will tell you which stores currently have the product in stock, comparative pricing, distance to the retailer and what the store looks like.
On Thursday I went to lunch with Sage Lewis at his favorite restaurant in Akron, Rancheros Taqueria. Although I feel their food is very good and more ‘authentic’ than most Tex-Mex we get in Ohio, they are not my favorite due to their lack of a Margarita/liquor license which I sorely wish they would get.
As we sat down, Sage whips out his phone and proceeds to check-in at FourSquare for he is the “mayor” of this fine Mexican restaurant. Our conversation turns to 4sq and our likes and dislikes with what they offer and where they’ve gone in the past couple of years. We both have our +’s and -’s but one thing is clear: Local is BIG. Unbeknownst to the people running this establishment it has a very direct correlation to us being here this very day.
Localeze, the business listings identity management provider for local search, has launched its Business Registration Manager service that validates ownership of a business’ online identity.
The newly launched Business Relationship Manager (BRM) establishes ongoing dialogue to verify business listing data, creating trusted authorized relationships, which yield a high level of confidence in listings quality for local search platforms, including Google Maps and Bing.
“The BRM upgrade, which includes a new design and interface, allows users to quickly claim their anchor business listing identity (Name, Address, Phone Number) and enhance listings with descriptive keywords and links. The web application gives complete 24/7 access to update, revalidate, and manage local search business listings,” it said in a statement.
As consumers and audiences shift toward non-traditional channels in their quest for content, online gaming via social media platforms have become the prime battleground for advertisers and marketers alike, spurring widely reported animosity between Facebook and Zynga.
According to a TechCrunch report citing an email from unnamed sources, social-gaming giant Zynga is readying to fend for itself, cutting the cord to Facebook and launching its own social gaming platform to be called Zynga Live.
Answers search service expands offering to create more comprehensive experience.
You may have used ChaCha to text a question and get a direct answer back a few minutes later. You may have recently used ChaCha to ask your network a question on Facebook. Now, you can use the ChaCha web homepage to look up local businesses.
“Our goal at ChaCha has always been to provide the most accurate and comprehensive answers to our audience. This is a natural extension for our answers service, providing a way for users to instantly find and contact the businesses that interest them without additional navigation or having to deduce which search results link will provide relevant information,” says Scott Jones, CEO of ChaCha.