The Wedding of Google Places Reviews and User-Uploaded Photos

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Reviews in Google Places have just gotten a little fancier: user-uploaded photos can now appear mixed in among customer reviews.

If a customer writes you a review and uploads photos to your Google Places page, the photos actually appear IN the review.

I noticed this when I was obsessing over the cannoli at my all-time favorite bakery (Mike’s Pastry in Boston):

Google Places reviews meet user-uploaded photos

Customers have been able to upload photos for a while.  They’ve always been able to write reviews, but in the last few months Google has been placing more and more attention to your customer reviews—and making them more and more prominent on your Places page.  Customer-uploaded photos and customer reviews have finally tied the knot.

I predict that it’ll become more and more beneficial to ask your customers not only to write reviews but also to upload their pictures.  It’s already a good idea.

By the way, I don’t think there’s a name for these blended reviews.  How about we call them the “blended reviews” of Google Places?  Clever, huh? 🙂


  1. […] Sorry have not had time to blog much lately. Here’s a quickie update about a new Google Places feature I have not seen before. User-uploaded images in reviews. Check out the screenshot and Place page below. Phil Rosek made this discovery – here’s his blog post. […]

  2. […] discovered “blended reviews” last week.  Here’s the LONE example I’ve been able to find so far—for Mike’s Pastry in Boston(my […]

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