Check out Local.Google.com which lets you “find local businesses and services on the web.”
WOW, can’t wait until it accesses UK based sites – the results are a little random tho ?
Hi Mark, I agree. It’s a little bit random. I think that’s because it’s pulling data off of web sites, and not a Yellow Pages Directory type database. So the data is incomplete – it only returns results if a web site somewhere lists the zip code and the search term.
With time it will improve.
Actually, Chris, it munges Yellow Pages information with its index to create the results:
How does it work? Is it like Yellow Pages sites I’ve seen elsewhere?
“Google Local takes a new approach to helping users find geographic information online. We analyze the content in our index of more than 4 billion web pages and combine that information with Yellow Pages data to provide the most comprehensive local search experience available.”
-from the Google Local FAQ
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