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Google Maps is getting my location wrong

Something I've only noticed happening lately

   
7:38 pm on Jun 7, 2011 (gmt 0)



My websites have to deal with particular widgets in New York state and I've realized lately that for searches involving cities like "Rotterdam", and "Cairo" (both small to medium-sized towns in Upstate New York), Google Maps and Google Places (edit)is showing results for larger cities of the same name that are located in another country.

I don't remember this happening except for lately. Has anyone else experienced this behavior in the past?
3:51 pm on Jul 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Ok, so Google has always defaulted search results to the most popular location in cases where multiple cities/towns share the same name. For instance, when a user searches for "keyword, Dallas", Google supposes that most users are looking for the larger city -- Dallas, Texas.

If the user has their geography specified (it should display in the left sidebar in Google SERPs) they will default the local searches to that city you've specified. OR, if you narrow it down further.

For instance, if I search for "restaurants in Paris", Google assumes I mean the most-popular "Paris" located in France. However, if I then make it more specific by saying "restaurants in Paris, Tx", then Google defaults it to the "Paris" located here in Texas where I live.

This defaulting behavior has been in Google to some degree for quite a few years. I expect that searches in the less-popular versions of cities may adjust their searches to be more specific, or they are defaulted to their particular city by self-disclosure or maybe if Google geolocates them by IP address.
4:43 pm on Jul 6, 2011 (gmt 0)



Right, but in this case my default location was set and this happens to be fairly close to the cities whose widgets I was searching for.

In this case, I was searching for a court in the town of Cairo (NY) and my local results showed for Cairo, Egypt. Why Google would think I'm searching for something in Cairo, Egypt without specifying "Egypt" when there is another location named Cairo that is much closer to me geographically is an interesting assumption. We know what happens when we assume.

I don't remember this degree of assumption happening in the past.
3:50 pm on Jul 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

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where are you searching from?

a static wired connection?(ie broadband) or a wireless carrier wireless connection.(ie verizon)