December 15th, 2009 | Published in Google Earth
Earlier this year, we proclaimed that "1000 is the new 10" when we began showing small dots on the map for all your local search results. This has been a great way to get a better understanding of the density of certain listings - for example, figuring out where the theater district is in a city you want to visit - but sometimes you may realize that one of the dots seems to be in the exact spot you'd like to go. We've now added the ability to hover over items on the map to quickly get more information about a place without clicking.
For example, if you search for "blueberry pancakes in san francisco", you'll find that there are a lot of options available. Hovering your mouse over these results now gives a tooltip, giving you enough information to let you decide if you want to click to investigate further. When hovering over a cluster of multiple results, a list of everything underneath the mouse pointer is shown, including the number of stars for a business listing. This makes exploring large sets of search results quicker and easier.
Here's some information about an option in Russian Hill:
And here are two options next to each other near Lombard Street:
This also works for many other things on the map, including transit stations, photos, and more. Next time you're searching, just hover and discover!