Friday, July 28, 2006

Google Maps Bizarrity


Google Maps has a weird bug (feature?) in the way it chooses which cities/towns to label at different length scales.

Try this link. It should center around Albany, NY, with the "one grid = 100km" scale.

In New York State: no Buffalo, but yes Boston, Newfane, and Royalton (in a font the same size as Toronto!). I'd never heard of Royalton or Newfane, NY. (Newfane, VT, yes -- we got our marriage license in Newfane, VT.) No Rochester, Syracuse, Binghamton, or Albany.

In Massachusetts: no Worcestor, but yes to Belchertown. On the Cape, Wellfleet and Truro, but no Provincetown.

In Rhode Island: no Providence. That's basically the entire state!

Totally crazy.


Hyperlexic said...

Odd. At that scale SC is also missing Columbia. But maybe that's an aesthetic choice.

However california looks ok.

If you scale in a little, it looks like Buffalo has been replaced by Amherst and Boston:,+NY&ie=UTF8&ll=42.342305,-74.707031&spn=6.000097,10.579834&om=1

Still no columbia at that scale - in fact, at that scale, there is significantly more detail (in terms of towns) for Pennsylvania, NY, and New England than for the rest of the country. Weird.

rantingnerd said...

Yeah, I didn't realize how screen-size dependent this is till I looked at it again on my laptop. Your "scale in a little", I think, is my default scale for my PC's screen.

No matter how you slice it, this is pretty odd.

stlbanjo said...

Been finding more differences between google maps directions and mapquest. Used to love google, but now mapquest seems to be doing better for directions.