of the Search Engine Journal, Barry Scwartz of Search Engine Roundtable was the first reported this information.
Google Business Community Manager Jade Wang confirms this is a legitimate email Google is sending out. Google is making some changes to Google Places for Business and Google Maps. Business owners are being asked to review and confirm some of the information in their Google Places accounts.
If you didn’t receive the email, Jade says this does not necessarily mean you weren’t affected. The email may have been automatically trashed by the spam filter of your inbox, so you may want to manually check to make sure so you can avoid your Places listing becoming de-listed.
In order to manually check, just log into Places for Business and take a look at your business information. Go through it and update it if necessary, then click “Submit.” You’ll need to do this for all listings in your account by February 21, 2014, to ensure they remain on Google Maps. If you don’t, you’ll need to add your business information and undergo the tedious PIN verification using Google Places all over again.
Editor’s Note: This post has been amended to include additional sources of the first report.
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