TripAdvisor content on Google still restricted, but talks continue
Various reports in recent weeks had suggested that the blockade of content had been lifted and reviews are now appearing once more against searches on Google Places.
A number of reviews are indeed filtering through to a number search results, but TripAdvisor says there is no change to its existing strategy and the restriction remains in place.
Sticking pretty much to the original line from early-December 2010, an official says the restriction will continue as the company still does not believe users “benefit with the experience of selecting the right hotel”.
TripAdvisor is in “constant discussions with Google”, the official continues.
However, the nature of such talks is a mystery, with TripAdvisor staying tight lipped as to what assurances (if any) it wants from Google – or vice versa.
Kevin May is a senior editor and one of the co-founders at Tnooz. He was previously editor of UK-based magazine Travolution and web editor of Media Week UK from 2003 to 2005.
He has worked in regional newspapers (Essex Enquirer) and started his career in journalism at the Police Gazette at New Scotland Yard in London. He has a degree in criminology, a postgraduate diploma in magazine journalism and will be publishing his first book - a biography about electronic band, Depeche Mode - soon.