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Google Adds Location Targeted Searching

CmdrTaco posted more than 10 years ago | from the where-am-i dept.

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miradu writes "Many Slashdot users may remember that the winner of last year's Google programming contest's entry was a location specific search. Now, Google has made a version of Daniel's idea available to use on Google Labs. Google Search By Location lets you search for things near some zipcode, or city/state. It then gives you a map with each search result pinned on it. V"

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Useful service (5, Interesting)

esconsult1 (203878) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034877)

Is google going to eventually require some kind of stripped down registration for this service? They've slowly (over the past year or so), started to roll out a pervasive registration for their various services (Adsense, Adwords), and optional registration would make sense here too.

On the other side of things, Google stands to make a killing here. Google can sell a new class of ads to people like plumbers, who don't need a webpage. In fact, they could possibly host a minimal web page for those kind of advertisers who just want to show some simple text and services.

Hey, perhaps Google wants to give me some kind of idea fee???

Re:Useful service (1)

rekkanoryo (676146) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034921)

You have an excellent idea. Beyond plumbers, electricians, contractors, and even grocery stores and pharmacies could advertise like this if it wasn't too expensive. But asking for an idea fee...well, I think there'll be some outdoor ice skating in the middle of the rain forest before we see the fee paid.

Re:Useful service (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7034929)

Because of copyright infringement and naming of essential business facts of patent No.xxx.xx.xxxx you've been fined for USD 500,000.

Re:Useful service (2, Interesting)

thedillybar (677116) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034957)

This is a wonderful idea. Sites like Yahoo [yahoo.com] already have Yellow Pages [yahoo.com] that do similar things. Hopefully Google [google.com] can make it even better. I definitely believe MapQuest [mapquest.com] is a big improvement over Yahoo Maps [yahoo.com] . Nice to see that Google has started out small (just search engine), made their services FAR better than any competitor, and are now, finally, expanding.

Re:Useful service (4, Funny)

u01000101 (574295) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034994)

On the other side of things, Google stands to make a killing here. Google can sell a new class of ads to people like plumbers, who don't need a webpage.

Wait, I have a better idea: why not put together a collection of local info (maybe print it also) and call that, say, Yellow Pages? :-)

In other words, I call "prior art".

Great, but... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7034881)

How come when I search for the location of "Hot single geek chicks" there are no results found?

Re:Great, but... (3, Funny)

scumbucket (680352) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034901)

Probably because you put 'Ann Arbor, MI' (Taco's current area of residence) in the address.........

Because... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7034935)

...your mom's not single, I'm banging her.

Sorry, couldn't resist.

I coudn't resist either. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7034989)

I was the guy standing in line behind you.

You could have at least cleaned up a bit after you were done.

Re:Great, but... (2, Insightful)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034969)

That's because there ARE no hot single geek chicks - they're all hot single NERD chicks. Sheesh.

Re:Great, but... (1)

iapetus (24050) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034974)

Because Google doesn't cope well with vagueness. Try searching for "Single female geeks with body temperature of 40C or greater".

Re:Great, but... (5, Funny)

orangepeel (114557) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035064)

body temperature of 40C or greater

So you're searching for SARS victims?

Re:Great, but... (1)

red elk (597133) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034976)

Now that's the first set of oximorons I've heard today... Hot, Single, Geek, and chick...

Here's one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7035013)

http://www.georgyforgov.com [georgyforgov.com]

Re:Great, but... (1)

hornrimsylvia (696514) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035044)

it is that great new google "scan potential stalkers" feature. obviously all of the gals in your area ran it before your query.

Here it comes. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7034892)

Google is evil. Down with Google.

Is there anyone left that we think is good? Oh well.

FP? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7034894)

moo

i for one (-1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7034897)

welcome our location-targetted searching overlords

Most popular /. search so far (0, Funny)

Superfreaker (581067) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034898)

Donuts

Wrong (1)

FreeLinux (555387) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034943)

Most popular search will certainly be...

Babes | Chicks | Hot Teens | Nude | Sexy

Re:Most popular /. search so far (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7034984)

Donuts before pr0n and pizza? Which slashdot are you reading?

Re:Most popular /. search so far (2, Funny)

Seth Finklestein (582901) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035004)

Search results [verisign.com]

Re:Most popular /. search so far (1)

Superfreaker (581067) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035071)

LOL! First result:

1. Donuts on eBay
Find donuts at low prices. With over 5 million items for sale every day, you'll find all kinds of unique things on eBay - the World's Online Marketplace.
www.ebay.com

I know, i allways complane (2, Insightful)

sjwt (161428) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034900)

But wouldnt be cool to see this applyed to
more then just the US?

With all the talk about Google being
'The' serch engine, id love to see
something like this applyed on a
world wide base.

mind you not knowing how it works
it may require ppl to put decent
contact info on there pages,
ie country name.

Re:I know, i allways complane (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7034920)

Since it's still in the labs, it's still an experimental project. They may eventually abandon the idea, or they may take it mainstream. Google News started out with a US-centric version, and has since expanded to cover a number of other countries.

You know (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7034944)

Maybe if people in YOUR country showed a little innovation, you could invent cool shit like this, too.
Siesta time is over.
Get back to the broom...

Re:I know, i allways complane (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7034953)

What language do they speak in your part of the world, anyway? ...Oh, that was English?

Re:I know, i allways complane (1)

Karamchand (607798) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034955)

It's still just a try - you can't see it on the usual Google search page (like you can see web, groups, images, news..), it's in the Labs at the moment. And I guess the group of people willing to try it out, to test it, is large enough.

Unfortunately.. I'd love to see it world wide as well.

Re:I know, i allways complane (1)

EinarH (583836) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034999)

On behalf of all europeans:
Google is US-centric!

Ok serious: This is a beta thing, and second they probably want to roll it out in a area where its easier to sell ads based on location.

Re:I know, i allways complane (1)

morcego (260031) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035116)

On hehalf of all non-EU and non-US nerds:
There is a world outside EU and US.

But I do tend to agree. And why would it not be ? It is based on the US, is it not ? Just like ICANN is US-centric. Isn't that the way things always are ?

You can now mod me troll.

Re:I know, i allways complane (1)

jrumney (197329) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035015)

The UK already has this (kind of). www.upmystreet.com.

Re:I know, i allways complane (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7035067)

Not to be confused with www.upmyass.com

Still needs work: (4, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034905)


It's a great idea but the heuristics need work:

"Your search for money grubbing scumbags near Lindon, UT did not match any documents within 15 miles."

Re:Still needs work: (4, Funny)

orthogonal (588627) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034947)

It's a great idea but the heuristics need work:

"Your search for money grubbing scumbags near Lindon, UT did not match any documents within 15 miles."


That's because your spelling is wrong: it's
money grubbing SCOumbags

Easy to fix (1, Funny)

setzman (541053) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034951)

You should have typed "Washington, DC" for your location.

Re:Still needs work: (1)

Tuna_Shooter (591794) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035006)

Actually if you search Google for "google heuristics work" you end up with quite a few links from within google itself.

OMG! Google got slashdoted! (5, Funny)

bflong (107195) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034907)

Server Error
The server encountered a temporary error and could not complete your request.
Please try again in a minute or so.

Does anyone have a link to the google cache of this page?

er.... nevermind...

Re:OMG! Google got slashdoted! (1)

ephemeraleuphoria (640619) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034945)

Despite the fact that I'm sure the server's just having some "normal" difficulties, you could always try one of the thousands of other mirror googles for each country.

Re:OMG! Google got slashdoted! (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7034954)

Well, I got to play with it for a while before it was slashdotted (hint: get a subscription).

It's kind of cool, but pretty lame. Most searches matched something on the edge of the page with and address from the other edge. They just weren't related. About 1/5 pages weren't even online anymore. For some reason, the location search doesn't include a cache link, but you can get the cache via the normal google interface.

Re:OMG! Google got slashdoted! (5, Funny)

no soup for you (607826) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034979)

Sometimes it decides on its own to break for a nice pot of Earl Grey and some fresh silicon wafers. We'll keep it running as much as possible, but please bear with us as we work to make it faster and more reliable.

From the Google Search By Location FAQ [google.com]

wrong, foo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7034987)

labs.google.com is slashdotted, not google.com.

Re:OMG! Google got slashdoted! (1)

Poeir (637508) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035046)

Then they suggest you try again in a minute or so.

Re:OMG! Google got slashdoted! (4, Funny)

squidfood (149212) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035126)

So,

Is it better to slashdot google or google slashdot?

google slashdotted? (-1, Redundant)

joeldg (518249) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034909)

Server Error
The server encountered an error and could not complete your request.

If the problem persists, please mail google@google.com and mention this error message and the query that caused it.

Who would ever have guessed. (0, Redundant)

FreeLinux (555387) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034916)

We're actually Slashdotting Google.

Stop. Stop

We slashdotted google! (-1, Redundant)

tetrode (32267) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034918)

I tried it, this was the result:

Server Error
The server encountered a temporary error and could not complete your request.

Please try again in a minute or so.

We slashdotted google...

THANKS FOR BEING THE FOURTH IDIOT TO POST THAT!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7034938)

What? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7034924)

From the end of the article: "V" ????...

You Know It's Bad News... (0)

ferrellcat (691126) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034925)

When /. brings a Google server to its knees!

Uh Oh (3, Funny)

baldass_newbie (136609) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034927)

I was searching for a non-slashdotted version near me when it borked.

Oh, it's location by imbedded street addresses (2, Interesting)

Phoenix-kun (458418) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034928)

At first, I thought this was going to function by mapping the web server IP address to a geological location. This is much better. It is a logical extension from the feature where Google gives you street addresses when you search on business, etc. This could be really useful for finding local clubs and organizations that share a common interest.

What you thought. (1)

FreeLinux (555387) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035043)

Did you think it was like this? IP Address Locator [networldmap.com]

Re:Oh, it's location by imbedded street addresses (1)

Cy Guy (56083) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035091)

It is a logical extension from the feature where Google gives you street addresses when you search on business, etc.

And I don't think its mere coincidence that Google is launching this at the same time Yahoo is launching [yahoo.com] a competitor [yahoo.com] to Google's Froogle [froogle.com] service.

Server Error (-1, Troll)

Seth Finklestein (582901) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034930)

Server Error

The server encountered an error and could not complete your request.

If the problem persists, please mail google@google.com and mention this error message and the query that caused it.

Nice job. Not only does Google invade your privacy [google-watch.org] , it also fails to search. Why are people using this piece of crap instead of better search engines [verisign.com] ?

Server Go Boom (-1, Redundant)

DGtlRift (235865) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034931)

Server Error

The server encountered a temporary error and could not complete your request.

Please try again in a minute or so.

HEY FUCKSTICK -1 REDUNDANT FOR THE EIGHTH TIME!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7034972)

Re:HEY FUCKSTICK -1 REDUNDANT FOR THE EIGHTH TIME! (-1, Offtopic)

DGtlRift (235865) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035050)

Perhaps you should check the posting times... it will tell you how many posted this redundant message at the same time.

US-only (-1, Troll)

leandrod (17766) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034933)

US-only, therefore not interesting.

Re:US-only (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7035007)

260,000 of us might find it interesting :)

Me (1)

Dan East (318230) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035014)

I am not one of the few dozen humans to ever leave our atmosphere, therefore space travel is not interesting. Just because you don't get personal benefit from it doesn't mean it is not interesting or news-worthy.

Dan East

Wouldn't lat/long be more elegant? (3, Insightful)

Thinkit3 (671998) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034934)

Once GPS becames much more universal, it would be great for us all to move to latitude and longitude. That's a truly international standard.

Re:Wouldn't lat/long be more elegant? (2, Insightful)

zangdesign (462534) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035018)

I'd think GPS would have to be damn near ubiquitous for that to work. Which would require that education be improved so that graduating seniors actually knew what lat/long is.

I'm not going to hold my breath on that one. Give it a hundred years or so.

Interesting Idea... (1)

-Grover (105474) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034946)

It'd be nice if it worked though. The two main things I tried to look up by my zip code came up with nothing but a fat server error.

Both Hotels and Restaurants plus my zip code don't function, Schools doesn't work....

Just typing in my town name and searching in my zip code works just fine, but I think they have a few kinks to work out before this is even moderatley useful.

Re:Interesting Idea... (1)

-Grover (105474) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035041)

Scratch that...

It didn't even occur to me that we could have /.'d Google, but since it's on labs. I suppose we just nuked that portion of it...I'll just wait a few hours ;)

using a city name in your website/URL name? (2, Interesting)

Cryofan (194126) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034949)

Would it be more effective for a small business that depends on local business (such as a house roofing or a plumbing company) to have a business name and a website that includes the name of the city? For example, "www.dallasplumbing.com" or www.dallas-plumbing.com? Which would be better at getting higher up in the google query? It would seem that with this IP location factor in the query that maybe such a URL scheme would be effective? Your opinions, please.....

Server Error (-1, Redundant)

reconbot (456259) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034952)

The server encountered a temporary error and could not complete your request.

Please try again in a minute or so.
I never thought I'd see google get slashdotted.

Google's evolution (4, Funny)

Peterus7 (607982) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034961)

What next, Google-RIAA search; 'enter a kazaa username and google will give you the IP address, personal information, credit card number, and home address of the user!'

or, using google-patriot act search, type in a person's name, and you get all the secret cameras in their home, their entire geneology, pictures from their past, and other weird things that only the conspiracy theorists know...

Or, even better, using google for moms, a google that scans the computer for cookies to find out what site her kid has been visiting via a cookie scan or something.

I dunno, but eventually it's going to seem like an invasion of privacy with these search engines, but then again, once you put something online without any protection, it *is* public domain.

Yahoo Yellow Pages (5, Interesting)

Dan East (318230) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034967)

How is this different from Yahoo Yellow Pages ( http://yp.yahoo.com [yahoo.com] )? I've been using that service for half a decade. It searches by zipcode / address as well.

Dan East

Re:Yahoo Yellow Pages (4, Informative)

Andorion (526481) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035065)

Yahoo only shows Yellow Pages listings - the Google search basically finds *web pages* with some reference to that location with the search words in it.

~Berj

Re:Yahoo Yellow Pages (0)

Spleenl3oy (613303) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035066)

It is different in that yp.yahoo.com, only searches business listings in your area, the Google Location searches all websites that contain any address that matches the location specified.

Re:Yahoo Yellow Pages - mod parent up. (1)

esome (166227) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035085)

yeah, i had this same question. i mean, by definition it's looking for exactly the same sort of brinck and mortar places that have been in the phone book for ever. so, what would this have that the yahoo yellow pages doesn't?

Yahoo Yellow Pages - Not the same thing (4, Informative)

coinreturn (617535) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035109)

How is this different from Yahoo Yellow Pages?

Um, quite a bit of difference, theoretically. How about searching for parks, lakes, fire hydrants, mailboxes, phone booths, one-way streets, registered sex offenders, gullible people, etc.

A search for... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7034973)

goats near Christmas Island is too disturbing for me.

Overloaded... (1)

Xentax (201517) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034975)

That sure didn't take long.

I wonder if it's because the feature needs performance tuning, or if it simply hasn't been deployed to handle a Slashdotting's worth of load yet.

Either way, I'm sure it'll be a learning experience for the project team.

Given Google's amazing general search capability, though, I won't be prepared to call this new Location feature a comparable success until I can search for "winning lottery ticket" near my zip code and get driving directions...

Xentax

Google cache? (0, Redundant)

LilJC (680315) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035083)

Can someone post a google cache to this?

(yes, I am joking)

I'm more worried.. (0, Flamebait)

Creepy Crawler (680178) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034978)

What google is censoring. Knowing that any DMCA 'request' Google deletes any record from them being.. How do we trust them?

They've showed that they have no regard for true searchfulness as they cut out Kazaa Lite, Clambake, many parts of scientology debunking. What else do they cut out that we dont know?

I have at least 8 search engines that I use constantly. And slowly, google is lowering itself in my eyes.

Re:I'm more worried.. (4, Insightful)

mblase (200735) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035101)

Google gives good search results except when the law tells them not to -- and even then, they give you a link telling you that results were removed, and why.

Google self-censors already, anyway -- by altering their PageLink algorithm when certain dishonest sites try rigging Google's system for better page results. This sort of self-censorship is a Good Thing.

If you want a completely "open" search engine, you're probably going to keep looking. Other engines are increasingly giving into advertising boosting search results, and probably nobody has the breadth and depth of Google's database. You might not like the fact that they have to comply with the law in order to keep returning results at all, but believe me, they don't like it either, and they do all they can to remain honest.

Wow! (1)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034981)

Google seems to be suffering from feature overload of late.

Why is this more useful than just going to yellowpages.com, and maybe mapquest if I need directions?

Looking for telecommuters? (1, Interesting)

Ophidian P. Jones (466787) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034982)

This is an interesting way of looking for recruits. An individual interview is one thing -- I've seen some real losers get past that process. Google seems to be looking for a way to entice and reward developers who can use their l33t coding sk1llz in a team environment. It's one thing to be able to write good code -- the ability to work with other great coders is valuable indeed.

Here's what Google values, from their Job Opportunities [google.com] [google.com] page:
What we look for when hiring great people:
* People with broad knowledge and expertise in many different areas of computer science and mathematics, including distributed systems, operating systems, data mining, information retrieval, machine learning, performance optimization, algorithms, user interface design, statistical inference and information theory, and related areas.
* People with world-class programming skills.
* People with excellent communication and organizational skills.
* People who are passionate about their work and are great colleagues.
* People who enjoy working in a high-energy, unstructured environment on very small project teams to build amazing products used by millions of people every day.
* People with diverse interests and skills.
What intrigues me personally is that this contest took place in an online collaborative environment. Does this mean that Google is considering opening up to remote working -- as in, I can live in Dallas and "work" in the Googleplex? As much as I'd love to work at a place like Google, there's no way I'm moving to California.

yp.yahoo.com (1)

aberson (461047) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034988)

Is this really such a large step from yahoo yellow pages [yahoo.com] ? I put in my location, search for bookstore, it sorts them by distance (after you ignore the sponsors)

Is the point here that it also searches for each bookstore's website? Doesn't seem like a huge extension. What am I missing?

How about Google takes over Real Estate. (4, Interesting)

ahfoo (223186) | more than 10 years ago | (#7034997)

That would be a trip.
I tried the search and it failed on my quite a few times, but the potential is huge. The first thing that came to my mind was real estate.
I've gone out looking for land with realtors that can't even find the lots they're supposed to be showing, and look how much they take in transaction fees for their "service." It' not like they do the Escrow themselves. I suppose it's a bit different for houses, but for land sales they act like they're doing you a favor.
Not only that, but I've gone in with aerial photos and maps from the County that all come off of county maintained computer databases and the realtors inevitably insist their little hand drawn map that doesn't even accurately map the parcels is the more accurate solution.
This could be the beginning of something huge for Google.

labs.google.com IS NOT google.com (4, Informative)

s88 (255181) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035017)

How many posts are going to say "OMG we slashdotted google." This clearly is not running on there huge cluster. Its probably just a single server or something. Settle down, pigs are not flying.

Scott

google slashdottted (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7035019)

oh great we slashdotted google.

Already got it. (4, Informative)

Spudley (171066) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035023)

Here in the UK, you can use Multimap [multimap.co.uk] to acheive something close to this.

Multimap's main use is simple as an online map, and it's used heavily here in the UK, but they do show pin-marks on the location of any services they know about.

They only show links to certain categories of service (hotels, and the like), but limited though it is, the search by location service has been available for some time.

Needs some work (1)

jvmatthe (116058) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035024)

I searched for "used video games" and "Raleigh, NC" and the first ten results are about anything but video games. Try it for yourself [google.com] , and figure out why the Teachers.Net trade show is listed.

Bizarre.

What if's (4, Insightful)

Doesn't_Comment_Code (692510) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035026)


I wonder how they will be enforcing the zip code registration. The main drive behind google and the page rank thing was to take search engine optimization off the page and out of the hands of the web master so as to avoid keyword stuffing and not-quite-honest optimization techniques.

But it seems sort of hard to determine the "location" of a website without input from the people behind the site. There are possibilities for abuse.

But maybe there's no incentive to be listed in the wrong zip code... well, maybe there is.

If you do a lot of business on the web or by mail, and your physical location doesn't matter, you might post 100 versions of your site, each with the zip code of a large metropolitan area. But then how many people would do that?

Ah hell, I don't know. I'm rambling...

Slashdotted Google !!! (1, Redundant)

Enzo1977 (112600) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035029)

Great, now its been slashdotted. Way to go people.

Server Error
The server encountered a temporary error and could not complete your request.
Please try again in a minute or so.

Google Labs - Search by Location FAQ - Terms of Use

This map is informational only and user assumes all risk of use. MapQuest and its suppliers assume
no responsibility for any losses or delays resulting from any such use.
Use subject to license and copyright
(C)2003 Google

This still needs work. (2, Insightful)

gatekeep (122108) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035042)

The results returned by this thing seem to be fairly irrelevant.

When searching for 'food' with my office location I received the following results;

-Food allergy and intolerances, fact sheet
-Oriental grocery stores list for my area
-Sources of free or low cost
-Food science publications & journals
-Thoughts on Food Safety
-History of Hannakuh foods
-Oriental grocery stores list (again)
-foodandwine.com's best new chefs list

Admittedly, 'food' is a pretty lame search, but I would've hoped to see a couple restaurants and grocery stores in the list.

Nice idea, but other pages are more useful (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7035057)

It's a nice idea in many respects but as a few people have posted, how is it really innovative?

Here in the UK I've been using www.upmystreet.com, with which - based on a poscode that can usually locate an individual property - one can find businesses based on location, local representation, council performance, maps and all sorts of other information and even discussions based on location of user. It's a great idea and extremely well implemented and - which it might not be as elegant as searching the entire internet for web pages - is genuinely useful and adds hugely to what's possible through the yellow pages.

Amazing... (1)

DaneelGiskard (222145) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035062)

Try "Google LBS Server" as address and you should get a picture of a dust cloud which once has been just that server... ;)

yahoo (1)

yukster (586300) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035076)

Yahoo has had this capability for months. I was excited about it at first but a) I never do anything in this town and b) I'm lazy and always type my searches into Mozilla's address bar... so I always use google. Which is funny, cuz I think Google sucks [slashdot.org] !

Oh, and it's still slashdotted at 10:05... har har har...

Other map based searches.. (1)

spludge (99050) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035081)

Personally I think that the superpages.com map based search is the best thing since sliced bread, I use it extensively to find businesses near me. The google search and the superpages search are different attacks at the same problem, I think that they complement each other well, but the superpages search is likely to turn up more information..

Superpages map search [superpages.com]

A San Diego Version (2, Informative)

KrackHouse (628313) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035092)

Here's a (hopefully) non-slashdotted site that does the same thing although it only works in San Diego. SDcommunities.net [sdcommunities.net]
I got the latitude and longitude data from the Census for zip codes and created a HUGE reference tables for the distances between zip codes. Lots of math in the search code.

nope.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7035095)

it doesn't know where saddam is either.

ph

Obg South Park quote (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7035103)

Oh my god, you slashdotted Google!

You bastards!

It's not new (2, Informative)

f00zbll (526151) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035106)

http://www.superpages.com/ came out with mapbased search that uses an Applet a while back. And for those who remember Mapquest use to offer a similar feature back in the 90's. Google is a little late to the game. The application itself isn't all that hard to build. The real trick is providing a way for listees to correct the gps coordinates. For those familiar with GIS, that is the biggest problems. To my knowledge, VeriZon offers that capability to listees. You can easily test the accuracy of Goecodes by doing a search for the same address in mapquest, yahoo, and mappoint. You'll see the coordinates are not identical. Not only that, but each system uses a different level of precision. Only the military uses full precision, but then again they have to.

WMD? (1)

deltagreen (522610) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035108)

How come I get hundreds of documents when I search for "Weapons of mass destruction" in Washington DC?

Oh wait, maybe an international version of this location-search is what the intelligence agencies have been using for finding WMD in Iraq. ;)

Wonderful, great! (1)

realdpk (116490) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035117)

That's a great way to spend effort. I'm glad Google is concentrating on that rather than on making their search engine usable once again.

The day they figure out a way to stop the keyword spammers will be a very, very good day for the Internet as a whole. Location targetted searching... er.. yawn.. any business out there that wants us to visit already has their city on their website anyways.

Mobile applications (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7035129)

There are a couple of wireless companies that do location based searches based on handset GPS coordinates. I worked on a location search application a long time ago using smart phones. It's not new. We even had a webpage that allowed you to track where the user was.

Maybe not such a good thing? (5, Interesting)

GreenCrackBaby (203293) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035130)

Slashdot seems to be very pro-Google, and I admit to using their search the majority of the time as well, but everyone should at least take a glance at google watch [google-watch.org] . Of most interest is the privacy section. If any other site were to track the stuff Google does, /. would be up in arms protesting.

"Google currently does not allow outsiders to gain access to raw data because of privacy concerns. Searches are logged by time of day, originating I.P. address (information that can be used to link searches to a specific computer), and the sites on which the user clicked. People tell things to search engines that they would never talk about publicly -- Viagra, pregnancy scares, fraud, face lifts. What is interesting in the aggregate can seem an invasion of privacy if narrowed to an individual."

Please note, this isn't a troll, and I'm not wearing a tin-foil hat (maybe I should?). Imagine the following scenario: a bomb goes off in the US. By tracing searches for "anarchist cookbook" to zipcodes within the area of the bomb blast, the FBI could have access to information that makes TIA look like a better alternative.

Maybe this isn't such a good feature after all...
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