As many of you know, when you search for a local place, the local panel will come up with information on that place. This is also the case with searching in Google Maps directly. In those panel have a link to "suggest an edit" - where the searcher can try to make a change to the local venue's details. Supposedly, those suggest an edit requests are being approved much quicker than in the past. … [Read more...] about Google Maps Suggest An Edit Works Fast
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The explanations didn’t add up when it seemed this was a new thing impacting many people. But the closer look that I’ve covered in the postscript makes the explanation seem reasonable. Of course, if it turns out there are other sources out there actually documenting this as a new shift, that changes things. But I’ve looked, and I can’t find them so far. … [Read more...] about The Strange Explanation Of Why Windows Phone Users Lost Access To Google Maps
Google Maps is gaining from Google search referrals, and this may be the single greatest explanation for the traffic numbers cited by Hitwise. But Google has also integrated that product smartly into search results for an improved overall user experience. The company might still have seen the same or similar traffic growth had it opted to show OneBox/Universal Search results but maintain text links to Yahoo Maps and Mapquest at the top of the page, as it had done previously. We’ll never know. As I suggested above, however, I believe that Google Maps has also gained from considerable investment and product innovation, as well as the popular exposure those things have brought. … [Read more...] about Google Maps Gaining On Market Leader Mapquest
Sometimes places don’t exist where Google Maps say they do. That can happen when places close and it’s not reported to maps, or places move and don’t update their address information on the Web, or sometimes places just aren’t where Google Maps say they are. I tried to find a local restaurant last year, and drove around in circles until finally giving up. I later found that the place had closed, but wasn’t sure of the right way to try to report my inability to find it to Google when I was driving around, since I wasn’t sure that it had closed at that time. … [Read more...] about GPS to Correct Google Maps and Driving Directions as a Local Search Ranking Factor?
Accordingly putting “nearby offers on a map” isn’t groundbreaking or in and of itself a big deal. The big deal is that Google Maps can offer massive distribution and exposure to those offers given how large Google Maps’ user base is. Google Maps is the second most popular app on Android handsets (after search) according to comScore. … [Read more...] about Google Maps For Android 6.7 Has Indoor Walking Directions, Nearby Offers