Google Maps update brings Live Events to Google Places

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Google is at it again today with another quite fancy update to Google Maps. While this might not be as big as 3D buildings or transit navigation in some of the recent updates they do have a cool new feature for those that like to get out and have some fun in the town. Today Google’s update adds a notification to Google Places for live events going on nearby. So your next trip to San Fransisco you can quickly and easily find something fun to do.


Along with the live events we also have a small change where Google has removed the “post to Twitter” option while reviewing places. We aren’t sure what brought about that change, but no more tweeting from Google Places while writing a review. The new live events feature is currently just a BETA and is available now for a few select cities and more should follow shortly.
Currently Google is only offering this new update in New York, San Fransisco, Paris, Zurich, and London to the list of “live events” in the Places page. Users should be able to find events going on based on their location. Should be a great feature for this holiday season as the Christmas events start lighting up the night sky’s. Give this new feature a try and let us know what you think.
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  • What’s weird is how they have now integrated Twitter hash tag support into Google + but now took off integration in places. Dare I say.. I think Google is positioning to acquire Twitter. I say this because your Google Places review is tied to your Google + stream. If the streams support twitter hash tags and they are taking out direct twitter submissions from Places it means that they are going to integrate twitter directly into the streams. There is no other reason to announce support for twitter hash tags.