Google Places has updated their location-based server and said that they aim to give “better access to your content.” With that, Google Places now offers the option to import your Foursquare check-in data for rating and reviewing purposes.
The first modification is the capability to get your Google Place reviews and ratings as an Atom feed. You simply ahead over to Places profile and click on your picture at the top left and on the left you will see the option to “get your reviews as a feed.”
Google Places told their readers, “In addition to taking your Google Places ratings and reviews with you, we also thought it’d be useful if you could more easily rate and review on Google the places you’ve found elsewhere in your travels or on the web.”
The directions are pretty simple. “To import Foursquare data, just find the URL of a public GeoRSS/Atom feed that contains place information you care about. This could be anything from a feed of your Foursquare check-ins to a My Map you may have created years ago.”
The next modification is importing Foursquare data. The blog states, “The process is easy enough. All you have to do is sign into the Foursquare website and then go to foursquare.com/feeds. Once there, copy the RSS feed link. Then head on over to places.google.com/rate and paste the link into the search box in Google Places.”
There appears to be a learning curve for those who have tried to import their Foursquare data. Perhaps, it wasn’t as easy as it was written. Never fear, Google Places is there to help at the blog.