Google Maps Center Algorithm May End You In Another Country

Oct 25, 2011 • 8:32 am | comments (2) by | Filed Under Google Maps

Google Maps KenyaDoc Sheldon's Clinic, a business that operates in San Diego, California, was being reported as operating in Kenya. But why?

The reason a business can show up in a country it has no reason for being in, is when you target multiple service areas around the world.

In this case, the business was listed as services the following areas: Reykjanesbaer, Iceland; Toronto, ON, Canada; Tasmania, Australia; Perth WA, Australia; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Queensland, Australia; Manchester, UK; Montreal, QC, Canada; New York, NY, USA; Houston, TX, USA.

When you plot the center point of all these locations, you get Kenya.

When you select the option to "hid your address" and list multiple service areas, this is how Google works. Joel from Google said, "We're to find the 'center' of all these service areas. It appears that Kenya is the center of your service area."

He recommended that he remove the hid address feature and things will go back to normal, and they did.

Forum discussion at Google Places Help.

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