I think we can all agree that Google Maps is pretty awesome. It’s so useful that over 100 million people have the App on their smart phone, and use the technology on the go to find important things like “lunch.”
But still, Google Maps still has a long way to go. There are plenty of misplaced locations and outdated store information to get under control. To resolve this, Google announced an update this month where users can flag bad information directly from their phones using GPS and user input. To illustrate, let’s go to Milwaukee.
The Unfortunate Souls in Milwaukee
Picture this: you’re in Milwaukee and you get a hankering for some Dunkin Donuts and coffee. You type in “Dunkin Donuts” on your Google Maps App, and follow the route. Upon arrival, you realize that Dunkin Donuts is long gone. In its place stands a boarded-up storefront, Dunkin shaped. If you take the time to drive to the others, you’ll eventually learn that only the downtown DD location actually exists:
Not good. But now, you can flag it to Google to help clean things up. Read more from Google’s patent and get the long (and great) SEO perspective from SEO By the Sea. For the rest of us, this means it’s time to help Google out if you stumble upon a bad listing, and save the good people of Milwaukee from driving to vacant parking lots devoid of long johns and Dunkaccinos.