This should probably be one of my silliest posts, but since serendipity doesn’t come that often, i might as well share it. So here it goes:
If you’re looking for a city, where does Google Maps take you by default?
Running a couple of queries brought some interesting results:
(zoom in to street level, for better view)
This was actually what took me down the rabbit hole, as it’s a long stretch to consider PraÃ§a do Comercio as Lisbon’s city center.
Times Square is a a pretty good choice, Downtown Manhatan would do fine also.
Right next to the city hall. I was expecting Eiffel Tower or Arc de Triomphe.
Van Ness Ave w/ Market St. What were you expecting now? Alcatraz?
Another strange choice, next to the Parliament Square.
The placemark sits right in front of Il Vittoriano, on Piazza Veneza. No Colloseum for you.
Puerta del Sol is a pretty busy city square, but celebrations usually take place at Plaza Cibeles.
Mountain View, California
And of course, Mountain View, placed next to Google’s corporate headquarters.
This seemingly useless trivia is actually important, as businesses get ranked in Local Search according to their proximity to the city center. If you’re an hotel, entertainment or tourism related service, you’d better start caring how Google Maps sets their city placemarks.
So, is your city center the same as the one suggested by Google Maps?