Msg#: 27911 posted 11:47 am on Feb 8, 2005 (gmt 0)
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Msg#: 27911 posted 12:27 pm on Feb 8, 2005 (gmt 0)
Interesting service, but needs some work. I searched for Italy (a small town in Texas I visited some years ago) in "Go to a location" and there were many related results including "Alcoholics Anonymous", but not the town itself.
I wonder if the semantic matching of Google thinks Italy is directly related to wine and alcohol?
When typing "Italy, TX" it could find the town and it included all the small streets that I knew of.
Its a good service and I like that they attempted to tie it into local search. But the user experience is poor. You need a postal address to search by location. If you enter something like "empire state building" it will show you results in Kansas (probably because the default search is Kansas City) . If you search by business, you need the business name or a very generic term like "hotel". If you search for "cheap hotel in ny" you will be given a cheap junk yard in ny.
They need to make this more robust and able to handle different user input. IMHO I would also auggest a breaking out the search box, one box for location and one for search term.
I actually see a lot of potential here... > Google maps tied to local search > Offer ads down to a specific blocks to those traveling to that area. > More interaction needed as well and more important browser support. Whew... it took so much just to use Gmaps.
I think offering 2 versions so as not to bog down the user experience. Basic Maps and Business/Travel maps.