Maps Makeover

Google gives Maps a social media makeover

by Darren Davidson, revolutionmagazine.com 25-Sep-09, 15:45

LONDON - Google has enhanced Google Maps with the addition of a social media element that provides detailed information on destinations and points of interests.

The new feature -- called Place Pages -- allows users to get all of the information they want on a restaurant, for example, in one place, instead of locating a service and then undertaking a separate search.

A user can activate a Place Page by clicking on 'more info' in search results, or by clicking 'more info' in the mini-bubble that appears over the location.

Clicking on these two options will produce an entire page of rich details such as photos, videos, a Street View preview, nearby transit, reviews and related websites.

Google announced Place Pages on its official blog, in which it said: "Place Page is a webpage for every place in the world, organizing all the relevant information about it.

"By every place, we really mean *every* place - there are Place Pages for businesses, points of interest, transit stations, neighbourhoods, landmarks and cities all over the world."

The move is a threat to established online businesses such as Yelp, which already provide a similar service.

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