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Google Local search showing completely unrelated results



2:52 pm on Jan 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Something seems to be very wrong with local search, at least in my country.
It is showing results that are totally unrelated to the searches. And I'm not talking about a few sites that managed to show there, I'm talking about a total mess.

For example searches for hospital+city is showing restaurants, coffees, libraries, etc
Searching for police+city shows pharmacies and hotels while searching for electrician+city I see a church, a library and a university.

It's never been 100% precise but it looks like its 100% broken now.


7:03 pm on Jan 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

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For the Onebox to be accurate, I think you need to search for something of which there would be at around 7 results (or at least more than one).

For organic results (We have only one hospital to my knowledge in my suburb), I get a map result and a few results directly tied to the hospital but then lots of directories about hospitals (including ours).

Ditto for Police+suburb.

I see that for large city centres there is a onebox but lower in the page. I am not seeing the issues you are seeing. I guess you should use the "Dissatisfied? Help us improve" link.


7:32 pm on Jan 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for your reply anallawalla,

the problem is that my local searches regard a city with 3+ millions people, more than 20 hospitals, hundreds of restaurants, hotels, etc.

There are way more than 7 hospitals, restaurants, b&b or electricians listed in local search... only they appear for the wrong searches.


3:54 pm on Jan 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Sounds like a definite malfunction. What country is it?

You could probably get it attended-to most rapidly by reporting it in the Google Maps Help forums:



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