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Google Removes "Search Nearby" Function From Updated Google Maps 255

Posted by timothy
from the where-are-you-again? dept.
First time accepted submitter BillCable writes "One of the most useful and intuitive features of Google's Map tool was the "Search nearby" link. After searching for a location, users could click on a marker on the map to pop open a window with the address and other details. This window also contained a link to 'Search nearby' — extremely useful if you want to find a list of restaurants near a hotel, the closest pharmacy, or any other business you might want to patronize. Google recently updated their map tool, and 'Search nearby' is no longer present. The 300 posts to the Google Product Forums complaining about this omission indicates this is a feature Maps users sorely miss. Google's work-around (detailed by Google staff in said thread) are a poor substitute and unreliable. There is no indication Google will add the feature to their new tool. For now users are able to revert to the original Google Maps with the 'Search nearby' feature intact. But there's concern that when Google discontinues support that the feature will be lost. So why would Google remove one of its best features?"
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Google Removes "Search Nearby" Function From Updated Google Maps

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  • by krups gusto (2203848) on Thursday January 16, 2014 @02:27PM (#45978067)
    I'm not sure the local pizza joint is worried that I'll be able to see where they are.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 16, 2014 @02:28PM (#45978093)

    Did you divine this from your Jump-to-conclusions mat?

  • by SJHillman (1966756) on Thursday January 16, 2014 @02:38PM (#45978209)

    For every person that posts to complain, a thousand more can't remember their Google+ password.

  • by girlintraining (1395911) on Thursday January 16, 2014 @02:46PM (#45978299)

    That's the way I've done it, or else just using the word "near" (e.g. "Catholic confessionals near bars of questionable repute").

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  • Re:Simple (Score:5, Funny)

    by mrchaotica (681592) * on Thursday January 16, 2014 @02:59PM (#45978439)

    You misspelled OpenStreetMap.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 16, 2014 @03:05PM (#45978513)

    Before: "WHAT?!??!? Google is USING MY LOCATION DATA?!? Evil! Evil evil evil evil evil evil EVIL!!! Now they'll know where I am and/or swarm my hipster store with too many customers, driving out all the cool kids! Kill it! Kill it NOW! Now let me vomit up a series of pop culture references and internet memes to express my disapproval of this activity, as I feel that will prove my point! *ahem* Kill it with fire! Do not want! Big Brother something something! blah blah blah..."

    Now: "WHAT?!??!? Google's killing their location data-using service? No! Wrong! Evil evil evil evil evil evil EVIL! Were you not listening to my barely-coherent string of pop culture references? That's not what we wanted AT ALL! Why can't you just understand that we want you to not use our location data in your location data-using service? Just tell us what's nearby us without knowing where we are! What is so hard about THAT?!?"

  • by Mashdar (876825) on Thursday January 16, 2014 @04:51PM (#45979515)

    Big Broth-er-Google Maps

    Leave my soup out of this, you insensitive clod.

You can do this in a number of ways. IBM chose to do all of them. Why do you find that funny? -- D. Taylor, Computer Science 350