The NY Times reports on the epidemic of open businesses that are reported as “closed” in Google Places and name checks Linda Buquet and Mike Blumenthal, who successfully changed the Googleplex’s Place Page status to “closed” a few weeks ago (SEO Badass award goes to you Mike).

Howard Lerman, CEO of Yext, sees an opportunity for Yext Power Listings to save the day.

Ethan Russell, Senior Product Manager for Google Places, decides that perhaps all publicity is not necessarily good publicity and pledges to fix the problem.

And of course Frank Reed of Marketing Pilgrim wonders if Google Only Listens If The New York Times Calls Them Out?

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  •  September 6, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I do not understand. Google is promoting Google Places like a big step in search engine future, but they are acting like really unprofessional. For one of my clients, Google was automatically created the Google Places listing. He changed the name two years ago, but he have the same phone number. We have put his new name on Google Places listing but we are now waiting GOOGLE to suspend the old listing one month.

    I do not think that si to hard to suspend one listing, especially for Google

  • Jim Rudnick  September 12, 2011 at 6:06 am

    @Andrew…as one of the original “Blumenthal’s Raiders” it was so so much fun to “close” Google via their own Places page…and I’m also so proud that the NYTimes featured both Mike and Linda too in their piece on this kind of shortcoming that they allow….let’s all just hope that they DO fix this, eh!