There are a couple of threads in the Local Search Forum discussing a rather expected phenomenon – significant changes to the Google Places dashboard. While these seem not to appear under everyone’s account, I managed to find such with one of my clients. Here is how the dashboard looks like:
As you could see, the right part of the page where the “Share an update” and “Edit” functionality are normally located, are now missing. The only way to edit a listing is via the “Locations” page (at the top left corner). This “anomaly” coincides with Jade Wang’s recent posting of tips on what to do while Google is gradually rolling out the Google Local pages verification functionality. Additionally, note that the dashboard has changed very little (if at all) during the last 3 years since its launch.
Bugs/malfunctions very often mean some sorts of tweaks or updates to the back end of Google’s local world. This one smells very much like an upcoming complete roll out of Google Places to Google+ Local. Maybe we will finally get some improved dashboard?