Make the most of your free Google listing. Show up when customers search for your business or businesses like yours on Google Search and Maps. Google My Business lets you post updates to showcase what's new, respond to reviews to build loyalty and add photos to highlight what makes your business special.

Jul 26, 2013 – It helps bring your business into the social sphere for more visibility. You can, however, merge all of your Google Places information onto your Google+ Local page. In short, Google Places can still be used to manage your business listing, but it is Google+ that is likely going to give you all of your engagement.

Sep 6, 2013 – Confused about how Google Places is different from Google+ Local? You aren't alone. Do you need one, both, or neither? Google hasn't made it easy for small, local businesses to understand, and it's left many frustrated and annoyed. Let's clear up the confusion.

Show the world you are open for business on Google Search and Maps. With Google My Business, you can verify your business information, manage customer reviews, get custom insights on how customers are interacting with your business online, and build your brand. – Update business name, address, and hours

Google My Business Pages. In the above image you see two organic search results, and then a map with 7 businesses listed and Google Map icons. These map-type results are known as Google Places or My Business Pages. As of December 2015, these types of search results are showing up for just about every local …

Places API for Mobile. Connect people to places with the power of location awareness on Android and iOS. Places Library in Maps JavaScript API. Use the Google Places API on the web, as a JavaScript library integrated into the Google Maps JavaScript API. Places API Web Service. Search for local businesses by category …