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Google Launches My Places Tab on Google Maps

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Google announced the launch of a new tab on Google Maps, called “My Places,” which gives users a place where they can see the places they’ve starred on Google Maps, rated on Google Places or added to a customized map with icons and annotations through My Maps.

“Items are organized by date with your most recent activity at the top, and filters make it easy to sort and view only your maps, starred locations or rated places,” explains Google software engineer Hiroki Asakawa. “And of course, you can still create and share personalized My Maps through the ‘Create new map’ link.”

“My Places also simplifies your ability to manage the locations that make up your personalized maps experience,” adds Asakawa. “Using the drop-down arrow next to each location in your list, you can easily delete any of your saved maps, stars or Google Places ratings. These personalization changes will automatically be synchronized across all other Google properties including Google Places, Google Maps, and Google Maps for mobile.”

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The My Places tab actually replaces the My Maps tab. To use it, you’ll obviously have to sign into a Google account.

The feature comes on the heels of some other local-related announcements from Google. This week, the company announced the addition of descriptive phrases to local search. The feature scours the web for the most commonly used terms used to describe places, and uses them to give users a quick glance of what places are known for.

Google also launched icons on the front page of Google for Mobile, which provide shortcuts to nearby places by category. There are icons for restaurants, coffee, and bars. If you go to “more” you can access things like shopping, ATMs, gas stations, etc.

Google Launches My Places Tab on Google Maps
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  • http://www.phoenixokay.com Adsense Publisher

    Wonderful, but when is Google going to get that map crap off my “organic” search results? I applaud the tab that says “maps” and I’ll use it if it’s relevant to the search I’m trying to do, but for search in general I shouldn’t be looking at a map almost every time I do a search on Google’s main index.

  • Johnathan

    This improvement …. isn’t, in many senses of the word. It now seems to me that while I am using my mobile, I can no longer create a “MY PLACES” nor add any “star” (as used to be).
    I will have to wait until I am back in a city with a computer an Internet connection in order to add places — so Google Maps Mobile… isn’t mobile at all.

    I’m about to go on a long road trip (Albeit mostly OFF-road) and would dearly like to be able to add stars as I go along. This function will no longer be available to me while traveling. I was hoping to be SAFE (by adding stars, etc. in case I need to backtrack) while venturing up and down volcanoes, through scrublands and so on.
    Let’s hope that Google will foot the bill for a full scale search and rescue attempt across several islands in Indonesia when I don’t show up next month!
    Arguably, I may have missed something in the “HELP” menu which explains how to deal with these issues; yet HELP menus usually …… don’t.

    Johnathan
    (1970 ~ 2011: lost and never found)

  • http://srynas.blogspot.com/ Steve R.

    Grumble. I was trying to assist my daughter and this unknown revision, just made the situation extremely aggravating.

  • ADavies

    I work on a Blackberry Curve and also do not get any options to add Places (in fact – mine still shows as M) Maps). I tried going through Local Business Centre and that dosent open up on my mobile. I want to add at lwast a marker of my business on a map and can’t do it, or maybe I’m just too ignorant. I need assistance.

  • Himanee Sompura

    hiiiiii

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