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."
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.