Merchant Verified Places

Sample “Verified” Icon

How do you know the information on local businesses provided is accurate?  We just added one more way for you and your users to know the info we’re providing is top-notch.  In our Places Detail API response, we provide a “claimed” element that lets you know if the merchant has verified their listing.

Beyond these places being flagged as “claimed”, they often also contain additional content. Local business owners can add images, a teaser, an offer, and external menu or reservation urls.  They can also customize how their name and address are displayed across the CityGrid network.  Merchants can claim their listings today on Citysearch.com, and in the future possibly from your own site or application.  The process involves phone-verification in order to minimize fraudulent claims.

Start using the “claimed” element today to show your users know the information they see is verified.

SDKs are now open source

We want to make sure that you, our publishers, have the ability to help make CityGrid SDKs better for the entire community, and that you aren’t forced to wait for us to make changes or to make changes yourself that we’ll eventually make on our own (and expect you to use).

That’s why you’ll now find our SDKs on github.  iOS is located here and android here

Go ahead and fork the code on github and when you’re ready to submit changes post a merge request in the “citygrid-dev-talk” Google forum.  You can also submit an SDK in an additional language or let us know of examples you’ve built.

We can’t wait to see what exciting things you’ll come up with.

Tags for all!

You asked for it and now you got it – an easy way to reference our taxonomy of tags.  I hope this will inspire you to do more and create more innovate apps on top of CityGrid APIs.  Using the taxonomy you can create dynamic applications, browse and breadcrumb functionalities and other rich ways to interact with local data and find more relevant Places for your users.

Our taxonomy is published daily in two formats: first as a list (available here) and second as a tree (available here).  Both are in json format.

Want more details? Check out our documentation on tags.