Garett Rogers at Googling Google has reported that a search on Google Maps for microsoft has returned an anti-Microsoft image within the Microsoft listing, as shown to the left. The image was originally on a Yelp.com page and automatically inserted into the Google Maps result. It appears to now have been removed, but Garett has a screen capture showing it was there just a day or so ago. So how did this happen?
Barry Schwartz and I dived in to explore more. It appears that Google runs a special geographically-targeted image search behind the scenes and tries to find images on pages that match a company’s name, as well as having an address and/or phone number that is the same or near to the company’s listing.
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