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Who Are My Neighbors, Mr.Search Engine?

timothy posted more than 10 years ago | from the road-trip-wifi dept.

The Internet 213

Phoe6 writes "'Google's goal is to connect searchers with the information they need whether it's halfway around the world or in their neighborhood,' said company co-founder Sergey Brin, as Google is unveiling its location-based search tool local.google.com. This is going heads on with Yahoo, as it put its SmartView content on its maps." Phoe6 also points to this AP story carried by the Houston Chronicle about "Verizon Communications' SuperPages.com, overhauled to deliver more useful local results." Google's service seems to work pretty well -- I've just located a few coffee shops with free wireless within easy walking distance. Update: 03/17 18:33 GMT by T : Here's a no-reg link to the same AP story.

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Search for food... (5, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590311)

[Chinese Restaurant Without MSG in Food and Real Vegetarian Option, no lying about it]

Did you mean:
Chinese Restaurant With MSG in Food and Without Real Vegetarian Option

Your search - Chinese Restaurant Without MSG in Food and Real Vegetarian Option, no lying about it - did not match any documents.
No pages were found containing "Chinese Restaurant Without MSG in Food and Real Vegetarian Option, no lying about it".

Re:Search for food... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8590425)

Re:Search for food... (2, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590599)

I don't know which is more sad...

That this is attached to a post which has no relation to it

OR

That I actually have that Tandy Whiz Kids comic...

Re:Search for food... (1)

Pieroxy (222434) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590452)

Is google /.ed? I didn't know that could be!

Here is what I saw:

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

Please try again in a minute or so.

Re:Search for food... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8590562)

I'm getting that now too. Mwahahahaha...

Re:Search for food... (3, Funny)

mph (7675) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590547)

<LionelHutz>
Chinese Restaurant Without MSG in Food and Real Vegetarian Option? No! Lying about it.
</LionelHutz>

Re:Search for food... (1)

hyperstation (185147) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590608)

i feel your pain.

misleading title (5, Insightful)

frazzydee (731240) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590313)

I think that the title is a little bit misleading. If you go to the site, the text directly above "Google Home" and "Local Search Help" says: "Find local businesses and services on the web." This isn't to find your neighbors: it's to find your nearest McDonalds, etc.
Also, the local search help page [google.com] talks about finding businesses, and mentions nothing of finding specific people.

Re:misleading title (3, Funny)

88NoSoup4U88 (721233) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590548)

Just wait until McDonald's expanded enough to be -everyone's- neighbour ;)

JESUS LOVES ME THIS I KNOW (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8590318)

CAUSE THIS FROSTY TELLS ME SO.

FIRST POST FOR THE SON OF GOD. JC IN THE HIZZY. AND THE HG TOO.

FROSTY FOR THE ALMIGHTY SAVIOR.

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YOU FAIL IT (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8590336)

omg roffle you suck ass

you fail it hard to a legit post

Podunk County (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8590322)

What about people who live in backwards places like California and New York (both of those are in the United States). People in those places aren't even allowed to carry firearms, I doubt even Google can reach places like this.

Will it be used? (0)

Mr. Certainly (762748) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590331)

I know that a good handful of /. users will not really need such a search tool. They'd need to know where the nearest website is so they can order a pizza/coffee/artifical heart online.

/.'d ?? (0)

shaka999 (335100) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590333)

Looks like the service is down...at least when I try I get a server error.

Re:/.'d ?? (1)

Phurd Phlegm (241627) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590388)

Me too. I get

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

Please try again in a minute or so.

Well, it looks like we've finally slashdotted Google! Might as well quit now....

Re:/.'d ?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8590534)

Again, this proves the superiority of the closed sourced model and of Micro....oops, wrong forum. Im off to Zdnet for the rest of the rant.

/. already? (5, Funny)

Gunsmithy (554829) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590334)

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

Please try again in a minute or so."

Quick! Someone get a Google cache!

Re:/. already? (1)

teeker (623861) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590361)

&ltOh my god! They killed google!&lt

Re:/. already? (1)

jelle (14827) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590564)

The Bastards!

<< tip for teeker: put a semicolon right after the &lt >>

Re:/. already? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8590598)

timothy: Google's service seems to work pretty well -- I've just located a few coffee shops with free wireless within easy walking distance

Must be nice to be a slashdot editor and get to see what's of interest before the masses bring it to it's knees.

My Gosh, we did it!! (2, Funny)

jaymzter (452402) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590339)

You slashdotted Gooogle!!

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

Please try again in a minute or so.

Truly this is a great day for the Web and the Internet as a whole

Re:My Gosh, we did it!! (4, Informative)

s88 (255181) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590462)

Man... everytime google labs hits slashdot, it gets slashdotted, and someone like you thinks google is slashdotted. Go to google.com. Is it /.ed? No.

labs.google.com != google.com != local.google.com

Re:My Gosh, we did it!! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8590505)

Maybe Sir Haxalot can find us a Google cache of it.

Why does this need it's own page/interface (5, Insightful)

ffub (322605) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590344)

Coudln't this just be added to the existing google interface with place: or location:?

Re:Why does this need it's own page/interface (1)

Wybaar (762692) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590389)

Probably it will be, if it works out well. Remember this is marked beta, so it sounds like they're still testing it out. On one hand it's too bad it's probably going to get Slashdotted; on the other hand, it is giving the site a stress test.

Re:Why does this need it's own page/interface (1)

Tassach (137772) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590467)

It may be beta, but by the standards set by Google's past betas, it's pretty buggy. Froogle and News are both beta, and neither one of those ever gave fatal error messages on every other hit.

Re:Why does this need it's own page/interface (2, Informative)

rindeee (530084) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590399)

Yeah, and I'm sure it will eventually be setup that way. Just like froogle.google.com, this is in it's infancy and thus doesn't have a tab on the main page yet.

Re:Why does this need it's own page/interface (4, Insightful)

eln (21727) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590413)

If you're trying to market a particular capability, forcing people to use keywords to use it is a bad strategy. If it has its own web page, it's visible and has the chance of encouraging people to use it even if they didn't previously know it was there. How many regular users know about all of Google's keyword searches? How many power users even know all of them?

Especially since they're trying to compete with other players in the market with this particular feature, maximum visibility and ease of use is paramount.

Verizon Super pages Map Based Search (4, Informative)

spludge (99050) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590347)

I'd have to say that most of these services are already way behind. Check out Verizon's map based search (as mentioned). They have a Java and HTML version.

The Java version I've linked rocks. I've used it to find all of the sushi places within driving distances of my place :)

Verizon Map Based Search [superpages.com]

Re:Verizon Super pages Map Based Search (2, Interesting)

rindeee (530084) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590454)

Well, I tried 3 searches on both of the sites (verizon's and google's). On Google I was returned many matches in order of proximity. On verizon I just got a message telling me that no matches could be found for this location. The search included: Taco Bell Schnucks (a local supermarket chain) Bar

Re:Verizon Super pages Map Based Search (1)

spludge (99050) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590535)

Did you make the search area wide enough for Verizon? For my areas (Boston, NYC) it is pretty accurate in the data it has.

Needs Work (5, Informative)

telstar (236404) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590348)

I searched for a hardware store close to my Manhattan zip code. The first entry is sending me about 4 miles south ... the second entry has me going to Jersey ... and the third puts me in Brooklyn. I'm all for sight-seeing, but not when I just want to buy a wrench.

Re:Needs Work (3, Funny)

curiuz (587795) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590615)

Wrench...? ....Oh, that sort of hardware.

Re:Needs Work (1)

Surreal_Streaker (636407) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590620)

I searched for a hardware store close to my Manhattan zip code. The first entry is sending me about 4 miles south ... the second entry has me going to Jersey ... and the third puts me in Brooklyn. I'm all for sight-seeing, but not when I just want to buy a wrench.

Or when you want to get a screw.

Re:Needs Work (4, Insightful)

Tassach (137772) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590629)

I searched for a hardware store close to my Manhattan zip code [and didn't find any nearby]
Consider where you live: if you searched for overpriced pretentious yuppie coffee bars, you would have probably gotten 100 hits in a 5 block radius :-) If you did the same two searches for East Bumfuck, Indiana, you'd get very different results. The HardwareStore:CoffeeBar ratio in a rural farming community is going to be a lot higher than it is in a trendy urban neighborhood or in the 'burbs.

whether it's halfway around the world (4, Insightful)

myownkidney (761203) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590349)

What Rubbish!

The form says: US address, city & state, or zip

Re:whether it's halfway around the world (2, Informative)

consolidatedbord (689996) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590433)

RTFM. If you read the "Local Search Help" then you will see that the reason for this is because it currently only has information for inside the US. It explains that it will expand, but for now be patient.

My Search Results = Server Error (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8590350)

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

Please try again in a minute or so.

I choose to mod Google -1, Redundant (0)

oldosadmin (759103) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590352)

This has been DONE before!! http://www.whitepages.com http://www.citysearch.com And those are the two I use on a regular basis --- God knows there's gotta be 7,000,000 more. Stick to internet searches and IPOs, please, Google. It's what you do best.

Re:I choose to mod Google -1, Redundant (4, Insightful)

lukewarmfusion (726141) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590390)

Wow. There were quite a few search engines before Google, too. There's obviously no way they could do searching any better, so why try?

Do you want to assume that Google can't compete or improve on an existing service or product?

Re:I choose to mod Google -1, Redundant (1)

DjMd (541962) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590549)

Simpsons Did it. Simpson did it!

Oh no they didn't [snpp.com] ! [southparkstudios.com]

Re:I choose to mod Google -1, Redundant (1)

gnuzip (670049) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590446)

I think the reason this is interesting is because Google supposedly bases the results on a combination of (yes) Yellow Pages and their own huge page index. It seems like they would be able to provide a somewhat unique service, since they apparently aren't just returning the same thing you can find in a phone book.

Obviosly hosted at google labs (1)

afidel (530433) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590354)

How else could we slashdot Google? =)

Re:Obviosly hosted at google labs (-1, Offtopic)

FreakyGeeky (23009) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590432)

My post is OT, but I just had to say that I love your .sig.

US Only? (4, Insightful)

IANAL(BIAILS) (726712) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590358)

So are there any plans for Google to use a similar service in Canada? I'd love to try a search linked to my postal code, but it looks like it's only accepting Zip numbers...

Re:US Only? (1)

himself (66589) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590418)

>
> ...but it looks like it's only accepting Zip numbers...
>
It's already down -- it's not accepting *any* numbers!

Re:US Only? (5, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590447)


So are there any plans for Google to use a similar service in Canada?

Works for me:
Postal Code:
R3R 2E2
City:Winnipeg, Manitoba

You have:
13 beer vendors within a 3 km radius.
19 pubs within 4 km.
23 hockey rinks within 6 km.
22 meat markets (for back bacon) within 4 km.
11 skate sharpening huts within 3 km.

Re:US Only? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8590474)

Informative? Sorry lads, I was making a joke. :)

Re:US Only? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8590499)

Hahaha...
Nice.

Re:US Only? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8590555)

Of course.

It said US but this usually includes all the banana republics like Guam, Puerto Rico, Canada, etc.

Re:US Only? (5, Informative)

consolidatedbord (689996) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590486)

RTFM. In the "Local Search Help" it explains why it has displayed only info for US. That is all that is supported for now, since the service is still beta. It also says that expansion to other countries will come in time.

Re:US Only? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8590495)

dumb question - did you attempt to put any input in? like an address or a postal code? just cuz it says "US" at the bottom doesn't necessarily mean Canada is off-limits.

Re:US Only? (2, Interesting)

The Bungi (221687) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590625)

I can see using this service to search for things near hotels in countries where I vacation, for example. It would be useful if Google included data for common tourist traps and the like, at least in Mexico (closer to home) or Europe/Asia.

Of course I'm sure people who live in said places would also find the service useful. I hope Google expands its support soon.

"The one who showed him mercy." (2, Funny)

JThaddeus (531998) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590370)

Luke 10:25-37 (NRSV)
For more, go here [ozemail.com.au]

Troll? (1)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590541)

That's too bad- if you had quoted an answer to the question from a movie or t.v. show like Futurama you would have been modded to +5 Funny by now.

This was pretty clever.

Possible use(s)? (5, Interesting)

lotsofno (733224) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590376)

I suppose someone with a small business could check out what sort of nearby competition they have using this.

Also, when researching for possible locations for a business, maybe someone could type in their zip code to see whether or not the neighborhood already has people providing the planned service/goods?

Re:Possible use(s)? (1)

88NoSoup4U88 (721233) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590613)

...How about taking a stroll though the area ?
Not -everything- needs to be solved online .

I'm gonna say it! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8590378)

I, for one, welcome our new Googled neighbor overlords!

Wait, no I don't! Screw them!

Not too shabby... (3, Funny)

clark625 (308380) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590383)

I decided to look for all the weirdos that are near my home. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that the local Holiday Inn [google.com] was the first return (or that there seems to be an ample supply of others)...


I think I need to move.

Thanks Google! (5, Funny)

von Prufer (444647) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590392)

I just looked up escorts and found a ton of matches! Thanks Google!

Re:Thanks Google! (5, Funny)

Tony Hoyle (11698) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590422)

Unfortunately they're all Ford Escorts...

Re:Thanks Google! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8590575)

I actually tried escorts and it came up with real escort agencies. I tried prostitutes and it came up with a bunch of churches. Go figure.

Re:Thanks Google! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8590511)

Try this [bigdoggie.net] next time. Closer to what you're looking for, I think :-)

Damn, no pizza (2, Funny)

Tony Hoyle (11698) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590393)

I don't think Dominos pizza deliver across the atlantic...

I suspect I *won't* be using this service to find a local business... :)

Re:Damn, no pizza (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8590479)

I don't think Dominos pizza deliver across the atlantic...

Consider yourself lucky.

Yellow Pages data useful but boring (5, Interesting)

osswid (451334) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590395)

Searching the three line greenbar yellow page listings is ok, but Google's keyword coverage seems a bit spotty. "94303 chinese food" doesn't turn up local results, but "94303 chinese" does.

The free text geo-categorization seems to depend on finding full addresses in the web pages, not as sophisticated as Metacarta [metacarta.com] or Topix.net [topix.net]

Re:Yellow Pages data useful but boring (1)

Mateito (746185) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590604)

> "94303 chinese food" doesn't turn up local
> results, but "94303 chinese"

Thats because most of what's sold as "Chinese food" is MSG which is not strictly a food.

Having said that, most of what's sold as "Chinese Food" isn't exactly Chinese either.

Good! (2, Interesting)

Jesus IS the Devil (317662) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590409)

I say it's about time! Superpages.com and their likes have so far been nothing short of big disappointments. On superpages the results returned from simple searches are completely disappointing.

Yellow page companies are basically putting their stuff online, thinking, as long as it's got similar features as their offline book versions, it's good enough. Well it's not. And it's about damn time a competitor like Google shows up to ruin their show.

Google's new technology vision (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8590415)

Drop the clusters and the massive ram drives and migrate everything to a single server running IIS hosting asp pages.

My Neighbors Are All A-round (2, Insightful)

SEWilco (27983) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590423)

Let's see...
If I'm in the center of Europe, the nearest attractions are Io, Ganymede, Callisto, Metis, Thebe, Lida, Himalia...

Slashdotted already!!!!!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8590429)

Server Error

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

Please try again in a minute or so.

Leading toward a somewhat less impersonal web? (2, Interesting)

Phat_Tony (661117) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590437)

I wonder if this is part of a trend away from the common associations of the web being a giant globalized impersonal place full of strangers, and making it also have a more small and personal aspect- a good place to get information on (and maybe even interact or get involved with) your own neighborhood?

I wonder what's next? Ebay neighborhood garage sales? Bid online, walk next door to pick it up? Web-conferencing the community association meeting? Using an online dating service to meet people instead of going out to a ba... wait a minute.

Wowee! (-1, Troll)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590440)

What an innovative and brilliant way to CRAM MY MONITOR FULL OF FUCKIN ADS every time I need directions.

I know where mcdonalds is, thanks a lot google. And they aren't my neighbours. The Oshermans are (I call them the Osher-bournes cuz they swear at their kids like Ozzy)

Pretty Good? (5, Funny)

Anti_Climax (447121) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590451)

I've just located a few coffee shops with free wireless within easy walking distance
You don't need a search engine for that. Just a good directional antenna...

PAGE WIDENING - ANYONE ELSE SEE IT? (-1)

britneys 9th husband (741556) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590459)

Was I the only one that saw a really wide Slashdot homepage when this story was in the "mysterious future"?

my immediate observations & suggestions: (4, Interesting)

jeffy124 (453342) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590460)

too big a search default range. I did a simple search on "italian" as the keyword with an urban address and got hits more than 50 miles away by default. Much simpler, IMO, to do 1, 5, or 10 miles at first, then perhaps automatically ranging outward if there are a very small number of hits.

In my search original result set (with the 50 miles range), I had the first few hits being a short distance away, then a chunk (ie, results 3-6) a great distance away, then another chunk (ie, results 7-10) back closer to home, with a lengthy divide between each set (ie, 1-3 and 7-10 were under 3 miles, while 3-6 were greater than 20 miles away. no italian in between seems quite odd for such an urban region). IMO, everything needs to be better sorted by distance from the input address.

And lastly, number the entries when the map is displayed: When I initially searched, I did not get a map showing what hit was where. After clicking a link to obtain that map containing little numbers showing where each hit was located, and a short list to the right of the map showed which marker matched which result. It would be useful if this numeric list were also done down below where the results have more detail (like phone and address).

Even despite the above, this is a pretty neat tool and could be rather useful for it's current state.

Doesn't Really Appear to be Slashdotted (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8590469)

I don't think the site is really slashdotted...I think if it can't find any results for your current search, you get an error-type page.

Looks like the developers still have some work to do...

You want to know your neighbors? (2, Insightful)

cachorro (576097) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590471)

Go outside. Take a walk. Look around. Talk to people.

Kids these days!

local as in USA (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8590472)


but hey 191 other countries don't matter right ?

Re:local as in USA (0, Troll)

HarveyBirdman (627248) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590684)

but hey 191 other countries don't matter right ?

A few matter.

Japan for its animation and video games.

England for the accents and the comedy shows.

Italy for the food.

Australia because it started out as a penal colony.

And, oh, pfffft... Tibet, or something.

Disappointed and then gleeful (5, Funny)

Mr. Darl McBride (704524) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590475)

I was disappointed when I entered my address, then used "beer" as the search term. The first couple places were more than an hour away.

Then I saw that one was a bar that offered FREE BEER WITH EVERY PACKERS TOUCHDOWN and I was like... blisssssss... I'm there. It really *did* put the best results first.

This was from the Google programming contest (5, Interesting)

Chris84000000 (735658) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590490)

Some might remember this from a while back. This feature's origins come from the Google Programming Contest. They said that the good entries might actually become google features if they had sufficient merit. The winner from 2002 [google.com] whipped up a prototype geographic search. I guess that this is the full-scale realization of that work.

Netflix Search (1)

randall_burns (108052) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590496)

Netflix [netflix.com] has a search feature that suggests movies based on your previous ratings of films. This is the type of thing that really ought to be applied to search engines and web logs. What I'd really like is the ability to say search for eateries near where I am that folks with tastes like mine liked--or posts on a weblog that folks with tastes like mine liked.

SMARTpages really really suck (1)

merc (115854) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590507)

When I first moved to San Diego I tried searching for Ralph's grocery store in SBC's SMARTPages. It wasn't listed, later I discovered a whole bunch of other stores which I knew existed but also weren't listed. After that I gave up and stuck with what works: google.

I always suspected SBC's directory services might only list subscribers which pay to be listed--though I don't know that for sure, so take that for what it's worth, conjecture.

Odd results == Embryonic State? (1)

tugfoigel (80286) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590532)

I tried searching for "pentium" and got back a list of insurance-related results. I changed ZIP codes several times and the result set was similar each time. What gives? I also got back
Server Error

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

Please try again in a minute or so.

too many times.

Seems like this experiment needs more work.

Apparently, all my neighbors... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8590543)

...are getting rich working from home in the spare time they have between penis lengthening sessions.

geourl (4, Informative)

Stinson (564450) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590544)

something that is like this is GeoURL [geourl.org] . maps coordinates to websites.

I may be stupid... (1)

Flamingcheeze (737589) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590554)

...but how did the author find "coffee shops with free wireless" using that search???

You Slashdotted GOOGLE?!?! (1, Funny)

WCityMike (579094) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590556)

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You guys finally did the impossible ... you slashdotted Google!

This could be the beginning of a whole new sport! (1)

pdmoderator (63509) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590582)

Googlecaching! [geocaching.com]

The sport where the cache searches for YOU!

(Searched for "geocache" within the default radius of my home. No hits.)

Re:This could be the beginning of a whole new spor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8590673)

(Searched for "geocache" within the default radius of my home. No hits.)
I'm guessing that you don't live IN SOVIET RUSSIA! (Ba-dum-pum)

Yell (1)

leenoble_uk (698539) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590589)

How the hell is this any different to how Yell or Scoot work?
I was expecting it to work out my geographic location based on my IP address (possible?) and give me local results for local people.
What? I have to type something ELSE in?
What if I didn't know where I was?

I feel better about Slashdot spelling now... (1)

sh00z (206503) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590609)

...did you see the attribution on the Houston Chronicle site? "Assocaited" Press.

Evolving. (5, Informative)

Haydn Fenton (752330) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590616)

Google is rapidly evolving into one of, if not, the most advanced search engine in the world.

Along with its regular search and local search, you can make an extremely customizable search with the following features:

site:, link:, inurl:, allinurl:, intitle:, allintitle:, intext:, allintext:, filetype:, ext:, inanchor:, allinanchor:, phonebook:, rphonebook:, bphonebook:, daterange:

As the words suggest, site: will search for the search terms in a specific site, or domain level (e.g. site:www.slashdot.org, site:.org), inurl: will search for the search terms in the URL as well as the content. allinurl: will search for the search terms only inside the url. filetype: will search for the search terms with results for only the specified filetype (e.g. filetype:.doc), etc.

It also has a very complex calculator function, which comes into effect automatically when you enter a mathematical query (e.g. tablespoon / pi ^ e).

It also (imo) has the best ranking system, which isnt bias by money (excluding the sponsored links).

With google soon to bring out their own email, I can see google becoming an extremely wide used site (even more so than now) in the near future.

*Hopes for his first +5, Intresting*...

hummm (3, Funny)

Chrome-Dragon (140684) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590644)

Searched for goats in my zip code, first site returned was McDonald's Restaurants. I dont think im gonna eat at Mc'Ds any more.

they should have.... (1)

BlackShirt (690851) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590648)

"I'm feeling lucky". For surfing around in your neighbourhood. Random button that shows cafeteria, fancy shop or art exhibition.

p.s. or "the girl next door"

p.s.s. not intended as funny :)
dead seroius. :p

Porn = lawyers? (5, Funny)

Mighty LoPan (633225) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590654)

Out of curiousity, I searched for "porn" near Southborough, MA. I got a listing of lawyers. Google must know that I'm browsing for porn at work.

Try this one (1)

asscroft (610290) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590666)

type in "Crack Dealer". I got a link on the right to some lameo cop killer who was dealing crack and shot a cop and died from lethal injection in texas.
In the left column it gives me a local address, presumably for some poor schmuck who has the same name.
oops!

Not completely against yahoo (1)

PhrostyMcByte (589271) | more than 10 years ago | (#8590677)

if you do a normal google for a street address, it will point you to yahoo mapping.
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