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This article was published on June 14, 2011

Want a place with ‘great coffee’ or ‘free wifi’? Google Maps now lets you search descriptively.

Want a place with ‘great coffee’ or ‘free wifi’? Google Maps now lets you search descriptively.
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Joel Falconer is the Features Editor at TNW. He lives on the Gold Coast, Australia with his wife and three kids and can sometimes be found g Joel Falconer is the Features Editor at TNW. He lives on the Gold Coast, Australia with his wife and three kids and can sometimes be found gaming or consulting. Follow Joel on Twitter.

Google today announced that it has added descriptive terms to Places listings provided in the sidebar of Google Maps.

In a blog post, it said that these terms would condense reviews and other information about the place in question to form a summary of the most relevant terms with which to describe the place.

Google’s examples show a café described as “no laptop,” “latte,” “great coffee” and “french lemon ginger.” A pub gets “fish and chips,” “trivia night,” and “great beer selection.”

The news doesn’t seem huge on the surface, but consider how many times you’ve dialed up Maps or Places while trying to figure out where to go for lunch only to find you have to read through a bunch of reviews to discover the overarching sentiment. Google does that for you in just a few words now, saving you precious time while you’re out.

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