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New? Google Maps "Search Memory" - Annoying new feature?

 6:45 pm on Oct 22, 2013 (gmt 0)

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.

OK, fine.

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?




 2:50 am on Oct 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

Can you clear your flash cookies and retry? Do you still get the same result?


 3:50 am on Oct 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

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.

Seems odd.


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