I’ve discovered an odd quirk in Google Maps. You younglings can experiment along with me at home if you want. Go to a laptop or desktop computer, bring up Google Maps in a web browser, find a location of your choice, and do a search for the term “brewery”. Every time I do this I manage to find good local breweries in the area (if there are any to be found). However, for some crazy reason, I also manage to find every US Post Office in the area as well. Works every time.
An odd extension to the experiment reveals that if you do the same search on the Google Maps App for a mobile device, the post offices don’t show up.
The questions of the day for all you super sleuths out there are:
- Why does Google Maps report US Post Offices when you search for “breweries”?
- Why is there a difference in search results across the web browser and mobile app versions of Google Maps?
If anyone can figure it out and provide the right answers, I’ll send a beer coaster to the first person to put the answer in the comments of this post.