Google Search is a little bit smarter today, as it got an amazing new feature for its public business search results that can tell people when these shops, bars, cafes or restaurants are busiest, so that they either know to avoid them or do their best to hurry there.
This new tool is essentially a public Google Analytics mini-me that shows the number of people in the stores at different times. And the entire precess behind this feature is completely anonymous, so all you smartphone users can breathe easily.
“Much like we compute traffic data based on the anonymized aggregated movement of people on the road, we are able to determine relatively how busy a place is,” explains Google to those who are looking at their phones with big eyes right now.
Despite being only a small detail, this new feature could come in handy in a variety of time sensitive situations. Think about it; haven’t you ever gone into a coffee shop to get your morning cup of Joe and ended up leaving precisely because the line was too long to make it all worth it, or even worse, stood there for twenty minutes that completely ruined that first cup of coffee for you?
And then, it must have happened to you at least once to meet a friend who told you that he got his coffee in two minutes, or simply look back as you’re going out with your precious cup of coffee and see that other people whom you have seen going in while you were waiting are already done and that it took them about a quarter of the time it took you.
This pesky coffee situation could easily be avoided by simply googling you favorite coffee shop from now on, so that you can see if its a good time to go in or whether it might be a better idea to try that new place across the street, that Google says is almost empty at the moment.
Undoubtedly, this new Google Search feature will prove extremely useful in a wide variety of other situations and will become extremely popular in no time. Despite the fact that there are other apps out there that perform similar services, the main advantage that Google has is that it t is the go-to platform for online searches for a massive amount of people out there and thus, the information it provides can become much more widely spread.
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