Google Shows A Store’s Busy Times By Crowdsourcing Your Store Visits

Barry Schwartz on
  • Categories: Channel: Local, Google: Android, Google: Maps & Local
  • Google announced today on Google+ that Google Maps on your mobile device will now show you how busy throughout the day a specific retail store or business is. When you click on a business, it will show you, by day and hour, how much foot traffic the business gets.

    Here is an animated GIF of how it works:

    Mike Blumenthal has FAQs on this feature that document some of my questions on how it works.

    Google will actually crowdsource mobile users’ locations to determine the foot traffic in a specific store or business. This is similar to the way Google Maps traffic works, but now it is used to pinpoint traffic in a specific retail store or business. Google said, “the information is based on anonymized and aggregated visits to places from Google users who have opted-in to sharing location data.”

    Also, the feature currently doesn’t work on iOS devices, but it works with Android devices and a number of browsers, including Safari and Chrome. I assume this will come to iOS shortly.

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