Are you sure you want to continue? Your thoughts? I think it is more about highlighting the star reviews. We'll get back to you only if we require additional details or have more information to share. To turn them on, go to. Although I often figure that its a good bet to follow the money. I’d be interested in knowing how you figure that the wider map on the right would allow *organic* results to rise higher above the fold. The lack of change of color to the Adword/Express pins would be consistent with the theory that they are attempting to increase ad income… particularly if at the top of the page above a blended result. Just had this marker show up at a house I went to one time for a moving sale. Not to mention the fact that the new 7-pack seems larger in area than the old one (I’ve been too lazy to measure it, so someone please correct me if in fact the new 7-pack in fact is *not* bigger than the old one. They are marketing that red location marker like crazy, so changing it to the grey isn’t about reducing it’s importance, but more likely increasing the importance of the red mark. Your notifications are currently off and you won't receive subscription updates. Hi, and thank you for trying to help out here. When you submit a report, we'll investigate it and take the appropriate action. This will remove the reply from the Answers section. Also any reference to 3rd party reviews have vanished completely. *LocalvisibilitySystem. No emotion lost on my side. I've chased Google about this - hopefully will get some news soon. Unfortunately, no, these addresses are not in my contacts. We found the following personal information in your message: This information will be visible to anyone who visits or subscribes to notifications for this post. Ever since (over 1 year ago) the customers house shows up on my google maps (android phone and PC) as a grey dot, with a small red dot in the centre. They will probably roll out a change in AdWords where people have to pay to get the red pin. Ever since updating to M developer preview 2 the location dot goes gray when trying to access my location. Hey, guys, speaking of the “Color Pins” – Have any of you received an email about the “Pink Pin” from Google? Yeah, the different map colors definitely do produce a disjointed effect. I mean they are gradually transforming into a large advertising agency offering both advertising options and the main platform to display them. Note that the grey pins turn red when you mouse over them: Here are the original postings & summaries of the grey pin discoveries : *CatalystMarketing’s summary I looked the address up once, in relation to a news story. I also agree with Phil on the layout of the map. All signs are Google is going more social and we know how they are trying to promote their own reviews given the recent Places changes. Advertisers get two highlighted areas, first in the list view on the left an advertiser will appear at the top with a purple ‘Ad’ label. This will remove the reply from the Answers section. Would not be surprised if they scrapped their red pins – especially after they’ve created a brand around it. Thank you. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This is capitalism and the prize goes to the biggest baddest profit generator. Community content may not be verified or up-to-date. Currently I use a StyledMarker icon (the default bubble icon with custom colors), but I've seen that some sites use the more compact "dot" (picture of dot marker). Maybe it’s intentional: if Google doesn’t have its “colors” plastered everywhere, it doesn’t seem like as much of a monopoly . I was wondering how you’d weigh in on this latest salvo of changes. Community content may not be verified or up-to-date. Discard post? Post is disrespectful, about third party products or contains unrelated content or personal information. Thank you. Fine, potentially they’ll change the pins in the 7-pack and blended results to gray, but may keep the “iconic” red pins on the map itself. //www.google.com/tools/feedback/metric/report. This reply will now display in the answers section. Like you said, the red pin is compelling (and familiar) to the searcher and attracts focus.. could pull much more weight than the purple Adwords pin. When you submit a report, we'll investigate it and take the appropriate action. It is a normal residential address, not a business - ie it should not show on google maps at all.