Google Maps has been busy with update after update lately; but most interesting is a feature that allows users to “Follow” businesses.
This means users can keep updated on news from the restaurants, bars, or stores they select from within the Maps App.
After building a Business Profile using Google My Business which includes their opening date, the business will then be surfaced in users’ searches on mobile web and in the app, up to three months before their opening.
This profile will display the opening date in orange just below the business name, and users can save the business to one of their lists, if they choose. Users can also view all the other usual business information, like address, phone, website and photos.
Google currently has well over 150 million places listed in Maps and this feature is now available to all businesses registered with google.