• http://tripadvisorwatch.wordpress.com/ Phil

    TripAdvisor’s move is because Google Places now aggregates reviews from many sources, so why would anyone would go to TripAdvisor to read reviews if the info is already there on Google Places. The flipside is that if TA does not feature in Google Places, which are all the more more prominent in SERPs since the recent revision and promotion of Maps in Google searches, then TA is going to lose a heck of a lot of click-through traffic. This spat is benefiting neither TA nor Google – they’ll have to settle eventually.

    Meantime, it would help if Google got its Places listings in order. Their Places forum is littered with complaints of accounts being blocked and listings removed because of duplicate listings/quality guidelines. Often the problem is caused by Google itself scraping listings from sites like Trivago, causing a conflict with the proper owner’s listing.