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Happy Monday all of you Odd Dog Blog readers!

This week had some interesting updates including the Facebook announcement that it will be rolling out a dating feature and the new Google My Business agency dashboard and API that’s soon to be released.
Our team also had fun playing with Moz’s new link explorer tool, which was a huge improvement on it’s old, out-of-date one.


GOOGLE LOCAL

• Google My Business agency dashboard and upgrade API coming 
If you manage a lot of businesses’ Google My Business pages, this could be great news! Google hasn’t announced the site of agencies that will be allowed to access the new dashboard, so time will tell as to the accessibility of this update.
See Mikes post or Search Engine Land for more info.

GOOGLE

Google to start charging for map API use…
• Introducing Google Maps Platform
Google will start charging based on usage of their map API. Most users will fall under the “free” usage plan, however, Google will now be charging for larger usage.
From Google, “Beginning June 11, you’ll need a valid API key and a Google Cloud Platform billing account to access our core products. Once you enable billing, you will gain access to your $200 of free monthly usage to use for our Maps, Routes, and Places products.

ADWORDS

• AdWords is fully switching to the new experience 
The new AdWords experience has been slowly rolling out over the last several months. It looks like it will now be universally available on all ad accounts.

SOCIAL

• Facebook announces dating feature for meeting non-friends
Facebook is about to take on Tinder with a new dating feature set to be released later this year. Facebook dating will allow users to “opt-in” to dating and will be matched using Facebook’s massive amount of data it already has about their users.
What do you think? Would you use Facebook as a new dating site?

INDUSTRY

• Moz’s link data used to suck… but not anymore! The new link explorer is here
If you’re a Moz pro user, you understand the pain of trying to get relevant results from their old link tool. The team at Moz has revamped the Link Explorer tool and Rand breaks down all the new fancy features in last week’s White Board Friday.