• http://www.tcampbell.net T Campbell

    “The towns that Google forgot.” Fascinating, but I can’t help but wonder about the legal recourses. Would there be any? Google Maps is serving its users, not the cities, at least primarily, but it claims to be a comprehensive resource. Is it slander to imply someone doesn’t exist?

  • Michael Gray

    “A Google spokesperson says there’s no correlation between the media exposure and when the problem was resolved”
    C’mon really that’s the line someone wants to go with … really … sure you don’t want to use “my little sister ripped it up” or “My dog ate it” or the new version “these aren’t my pants”

  • emellaich

    Here is another one to try. Find Louisville Kentucky. This one is a wee bit bigger than Sunrise.

    In this case, it is not hidden in the search engine, but try to find it on the map. Go to maps.google.com and zoom in on Kentucky. See that spot to the left of Lexington? Where interstates 64 and 65 cross? On google maps, it is called “New Albany”, Jeffersontown, and Shelbyville. Go ahead and zoom-in. You’ll see all kinds of little suburbs on the map. However, nowhere will you see Louisville.

  • D. B.

    I live in another town that is missing from Google search: Bel Air, Maryland. The town, which is a county seat, consists of the small incorporated town of Bel Air plus the adjacent Census-designated communities “Bel Air North” and “Bel Air South”. All three of these places can be seen on Google Maps if you know where to look, and put together they have a population of 75,877 as recorded in the Census ten years ago.

    However, if you use Google search to look for, say, “restaurants near bel air, md” you will get results from about 150 miles away, where there is a tiny unincorporated one-gas-station community near Cumberland, MD that the Census calls “Cresaptown-Bel Air”.

    Now, in this case it’s not solely Google’s fault, since there are actually two Bel Airs in Maryland. That’s legitimately confusing. But why can’t the search engine find them both?

    I sent a message to Google about this several months ago, and after a while I got a response indicating that the the issue had been elevated or escalated to the next level of whatever. But the problem persists. Maybe I should call the mayor . . .

  • D. B.

    Oh, by the way, Bing finds the larger Bel Air.

  • D. B.

    If any residents of the other Bel Air, Maryland are reading this, please understand I mean no disrespect! Your town probably has more than one gas station. The Internet tells me it also has an elementary school, a row of shops, a couple of pizza places, and so on. I’m not saying it’s not a real town! It’s just very small compared to our Bel Air.

  • http://www.ahalocal.com lorapb

    @D.B. – I work for an internet marketing company, and one of our clients has a camera store in Bel Air, MD. Until I just read your comment I had NO IDEA why I could never find that store when searching for “camera stores bel air md.” I always was given a Google Maps result for a camera store in Cumberland, MD. I have made so many changes to that Google Maps listing to get it to display, to no avail. So frustrating!! The only time I can get it up is when I type in the ZIP. Now at least I know why! :-) Thanks.