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|New? Google Maps "Search Memory" - Annoying new feature?|
Last night I noticed something that I hadn't noticed before. I'm wondering if it's a new "feature".
I'm NOT logged in to G.
Maps Remembering my last Google Maps search(es).
I was searching for a specific business in a city, NOT a "type of business - city" search.
Not finding it in the general serps I thought I'd try maps and street view.
I clicked on maps and was presented with a map loaded with the location of every business of that type in that city.
Not finding what I was looking for, I went on to do other stuff.
I cleared all my cache, search and form history, etc. I dump all cookies when the browser closes.
This morning I thought I'd try again. Entered only the city/state in the search box and the clicked on the little map of the city that came up with the general serps.
The result was a map with every business of the type I had looked for last night on the map.
I tried deleting the state in the search box at the top of the map page and that cleared off the businesses, but of course added a marker fot the city.
On subsequent searches both the city and business markers appeared.
Thinking this whole thing was odd, I fired up an older machine I have used in weeks and repeated the city/state search.
Got the same map with all the same business location markers on it. This was a simple city/state search, NO business type was included in the query.
So, is this maps memory feature new?
I'm NOT logged into G
So how does it work?
And is there any way to turn it off?
Can you clear your flash cookies and retry? Do you still get the same result?
OK, I installed Better Privacy and tried that.
At any rate, I get the same result using the original city/state search.
I can't replicate the issue when using different business-type/city/state searches.
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