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Google Maps Introduces Useful Popups

Google allows for more research with less clicking

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We’ll admit from the start: this change will not revolutionize the world.  It probably won’t even bring a single new person to Google Maps.  Still, a nice little interface tweak’s been made insofar as Google Maps now displays business info when users hover over any points of interest.

Try not to think of this as saving anyone a single click.  The change will matter most when people would otherwise be clicking all over the place, trying to find out more about 10, 15, or 20 different businesses scattered across a map (think restaurants, or maybe coffee shops).

Google was careful to take into account the times the times that businesses aren’t scattered, too; no one will have to repeatedly zoom and re-center a map in order to separate out a pile of similar companies.

Instead, as Michael Brge wrote on the LatLong Blog, "When hovering over a cluster of multiple results, a list of everything underneath the mouse pointer is shown, including the number of stars for a business listing.  This makes exploring large sets of search results quicker and easier."

Again, not earth-shattering news.  Just a nice little modification that may come in time for all of the out-of-school and off-work get-togethers that family members and old friends conduct during the holiday season.

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  • http://homeandbodyessence.ecrater.com HomeAndBodyEssence

    Seems like a very neat & helpful addition though I haven’t used Google Maps since I’ve been using Mapquest for so long.

  • http://www.drinkintempe.com Tempe Happy Hours

    Very nice find. As someone who is active in the local space, this is a great way to help my site keep visitors while increasing map interaction.

    Nice!

    Josh

  • http://www.voonoodle.co.uk TimR

    Neat little addition to Google Maps. A small improvement, but it was already pretty good! Like it or not, Google do some good stuff whilst striving for World Domination.

  • http://www.signature.gb.com Signature Web Design Company Kent

    According to a report posted on the BBC website, Thursday, 3 December 2009 “Google is set to launch a property dimension to its UK mapping system”

    As property website developers in kent, this respresents a great opportunity for real estate agents in the UK to market their properties as an overlay on Google Maps. It will also be a blow to the UKs biggest property portal site, rightmove.co.uk whose shares fell more than 10% as story broke over here.

    Our web developers are very excited and already running tests.

    From an SEO marketing point of view, with this devalue the real estate agents own website; which is already search engine friendly? Here I’m referring to Matt Cutts comment about duplicate content in the following YouTube clip http://www.signature.eu.com/news/2009/12/its-not-canonical-link-tag-according-to.html

    I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

    Great post!

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