Google Places is like the Wild West currently, it's incredible how much Google is changing currently, hard to keep up with.
I just logged into one of my client's accounts and saw an alarm message that I've never seen before - I think it's important that you guys know about it in order to react, so consider this a heads up.
Here goes the exact message:
Information about this listing may be incorrect. Please review by 1/30/11. Review and correct
(Then, when I click on review and correct, I get the following message):
To help people searching for businesses like yours, Google is always working to improve the accuracy of local business listings. While reviewing your Places listing, we found a problem:
You provided: (my categories go here)
Suggested change:(Google's suggestions go here)
(Now here is the important part):
Please choose an option below. If we don't hear from you before January 30, 2011 we'll leave your listing up, but we'll override some parts of the listing that you provided with data from other sources until you address this issue.
Options: Accept Suggested Change - Make Different Change - Leave Listing Unchanged
So as you can see, Google is cracking down for real, so make sure that you check your client's listings!
Looks to me like there could be some major changes end of January and some people might lose rankings if they don't make the suggested changes, who knows.
I try to stay on top of things and let you know what happened after doing the suggested changes. (haven't done them yet)