Thursday, June 19, 2014

Funniest Comments About the New Google Maps

I'm going to preface this with a statement:

I like Google. Despite all the recent news, Google products are still wonderful. My site is built on Blogger, I still use Gmail, and of course, the search engine was a curse gift from the gods. I felt the same way about Maps right up the new version came out. It's almost as if they took the control away from engineers and gave it to someone with an art degree and just told them to f*ck it up as hard as humanly possible.

I'm hoping the changes were rushed to mask changes to the not-so-well-hidden SEO game that was going on the Maps results for years, because otherwise, this was one of the worst-planned updates I've ever seen and I'd prefer to give the Google guys a bit more credit than that.

All I'm saying is, the person in charge of the new Maps changes has been living in a bubble, and should consider moving over to Microsoft, where I'm sure his inability to conceive what the rest of the world beyond his backyard is like would be appreciated.


Anyway, my favorite comments about the new Google Maps from: What's the stupidest change you ever witnessed on a popular website? (all comments copied as is)

1.
Removing the distance measurement tool from google maps.

2.
How do you switch to classic view? I didn't realize that was an option and can't figure it out after clicking around for a few minutes?

(Response) https://support.google.com/maps/answer/3045828?hl=en

3.
"Guys, so there's this other navigation app people are using... Apple Maps. What do we do about this? How can we turn our perfectly awesome app into Apple Maps?"
"But sir? Isn't Apple Maps absolutely terrible?"
"Yes! But we must derive a plan to make our app equally shitty! Think people!"

4.
It's also crazy slow

(Response) Really want to be floored ? Try Bing maps... I swear it's instant. It's crazy. I just can't accept it.

5.
I just use Google Earth.

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