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I take advantage of Google Maps just about each day. I take advantage of it for instructions, clearly, however I additionally use it the way in which the general public use Yelp — for eaterie ideas. I’ll additionally fan the flames of the Maps app if I want educate schedules, to seek out the closest restroom at an airport, or to find what a space’s puts of passion may well be. It is, undoubtedly, certainly one of my most-used apps.
However, that doesn’t imply it’s highest. In reality, there’s an enormous downside with the app that drives me insane: the loss of a capability to dam companies from seek effects. This would appear to be a basic function, however Google simply received’t ship it.
Before I am getting into my grievance, let me display you what I’m speaking about.
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Google Maps seek effects: Not what I need
Let’s say I’ve traveled to a place I’ve by no means been to prior to. Suddenly, I am getting the yearning for some tea (a commonplace incidence for me). I will ask Maps to tug up an inventory of tea spots within reach, as observed within the screenshots beneath.
This is a brilliant function I take advantage of at all times. However, notice the 3rd screenshot. See the way it has beneficial Dunkin’ as a conceivable tea spot? I don’t wish to move to Dunkin’. I by no means, ever wish to move there. Dunkin’ has horrible tea and, more often than not, has little to no seating. Plus, it’s an enormous chain — I’d a lot moderately move to a small trade and strengthen the locals.
I’ve time and again advised Google Maps I’m no longer keen on Dunkin’ but it surely nonetheless suggests it to me.
Now, I’ve advised Google Maps that I’m no longer keen on Dunkin’ (see fourth and 5th screenshots). You can do that by way of opening Maps, tapping your profile symbol, after which going to Settings > Manage your personal tastes. Unfortunately, this doesn’t alternate a lot in your seek effects. You’ll nonetheless see advertisements for Dunkin’ and also you’ll nonetheless see Dunkin’ places advised to you. The simplest factor that adjustments is you’ll see a decrease fit share subsequent to the trade — relating to Dunkin’ this can be a 5% fit for me.
I need this to be a zero% fit and I don’t wish to see it in my effects anymore. Why can’t I do that, Google?
I will block Google News effects, why can’t I block companies?
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In the Google News app, you’ll be able to block whole assets. Let’s say I don’t wish to see any tales from a website online referred to as “The Best Dunkin’ Blog.” I will discover a tale from that supply within the News app, click on the overflow icon, and faucet “Hide all stories.” Boom: I’ll by no means see a piece of writing from “The Best Dunkin’ Blog” once more.
This function is there as a result of Google understands that you may no longer accept as true with some information assets — or simply don’t like them. Why can’t it needless to say we don’t accept as true with/like some companies, both?
The lack of ability to dam companies in Maps makes it a much less helpful app.
Obviously, I do know the solution to this query: cash. Google doesn’t make direct advert income from information websites, so there would by no means be a time that it will wish to push you an advert for a information web page. Google Maps — and Google’s major income, Search — depend on advertisements for benefit. If I block Dunkin’ from my Maps seek effects, Google would then wish to additionally block Dunkin’ advertisements, which would narrow into its final analysis. This may be why there is not any legit method to block websites out of your searches inside Google Search (even though there are workarounds).
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Although I perceive the reasoning, this complete state of affairs makes Maps much less helpful to me. I don’t need Dunkin’ in my seek effects, and I don’t need Chick-fil-A there, both. I’m by no means going to a Home Depot ever once more, and I’d like to by no means pay attention about Hobby Lobby so long as I reside. Maps could be a greater product if I may just inform it to forestall suggesting that I must consult with those companies.