Google Adds Nearest Intersection to GOOG-411

If you’ve ever called an information service, you know you can get an address and a phone number. And, of course, many times you can get patched through instead of having to remember the phone number. But simply getting an address isn’t necessarily helpful.

Now, GOOG-411 is offering up nearest intersection to help people find their way. You can imagine how this would be useful if the address given was on a long road. For some, it also might be easier to remember an intersection than a specific address.

For example, here in Raleigh, if I were to get the address of a business on Glenwood Avenue, it would make a big difference if the nearest intersection was Glenwood/Peace Street as opposed to Glenwood/Brier Creek Parkway. It would be a 20-45 minute difference depending on traffic.

Also, businesses closer to the Glenwood/Brier Creek end of things would have a higher number address, which could potentially be more difficult to remember than the ones near Peace Street, where Glenwood begins.

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