Google added an exciting new element to its local search today, the launch of Google+ Local. The new feature is similar to Google’s Places pages, which show information and reviews for more than 80 million places worldwide. The new service also incorporates information from Zagat, which Google bought last year. The company introduced a new design of those pages in mobile search just yesterday, and it’s now adding that search into Google+. . Local is now a tab in the left sidebar of Google Plus, though you’ll also be able to get to it by clicking on a place listing in Maps or simply through search.
The rating system has been redesigned, too: five-star reviews are being replaced by multi-category scores that Zagat created. This is the first integration since Google bought Zagat last September. Google+ Local is being launched now, you will soon.