May 11th, 2010

Things that are awesome!

Just a quick post on something I discovered earlier today. So I was looking for a chemist close by and as is pretty much par for the course these days google maps is the place to start (Sorry Yellow pages). Anyway, I punched “chemist” into the google machine and it returned this:

google map of chemist

Nothing revolutionary there,  just the location of the Chemist. Then I wanted to get an idea of how far it was, based on a landmark I knew so I punched in “7eleven” which I knew was somewhere around there and the google machine returned this:

Location of 7eleven

Again, nothing revolutionary, just the location of the 7eleven that is close by.   But here’s where it gets awesome. I then clicked back in my browser to get the details of the chemist again and the mighty google machine, as I now call it, returned this:

The Awesome!

And that people is FREAK’N AWESOME!!! Google has remembered that I searched for something else close by and even though I pushed back has gone ahead and positioned it on the map for me.  Now some would say “big deal” But what IS awesome, is that someone at google has said “Wouldn’t it be good if we showed what someone searched close by even if they pushed back” and then went ahead and implemented it.

I didn’t ask google to do this for me and I don’t imagine it’s requested that much, if at all, but when it’s just there, it makes for a very nice piece of usability that I didn’t even know I wanted.

Bravo Google, Bravo!  You should be very proud of yourself, you can have an extra helping of desert tonight!

Have you discovered any nice pieces of usability that you didn’t know you wanted? And if so what were they?

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Comment by Anonymous May 11, 2010 @ 2:48 pm

Your easily impressed…

Comment by Anonymous May 17, 2010 @ 2:36 pm

I’ll admit this is not going to set the world on fire, nor is it going to win anything at Cannes but… It IS a very nice piece of usability indicating the depth of thought that Google put into their product.
Perhaps I should rename the post?
Thanks for your comments

Comment by igloo May 17, 2010 @ 3:02 pm

That Anonymous is a hard audience.

Pete, i get cha.
We take so much of this stuff for granted, I am sure the developers behind this would appreciate that you noticed.

Comment by tony May 18, 2010 @ 9:08 pm

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