During my morning break today, I read an article in Walking in Seattle about dangerous Seattle intersections. One of the intersections mentioned was Ravenna Ave NE & NE 54th Street. I couldn’t picture where that is, and the aerial photograph didn’t look familiar. So, I turned to Google Maps.
As I was typing in “ravena ave” the first thing the search bar autofilled was “Ravenna Ave NE and NE 54th Street”. How on earth did Google Maps anticipate what I was looking for? It’s not like it’s the only street that intersects Ravenna Avenue.
During my afternoon break today, I read an article in Capitol Hill Blog about a new pizza restaurant opening. It’s at the corner of Pine and Minor. I could picture where that is, especially from the photographs, but I decided to check Google Maps anyway.
As I was typing in “pine a” the first thing the search bar autofilled was “pine and minor”. How does Google Maps do that?
Actually, I can sort of understand why it would default to Ravenna and 54th. It is a busy intersection by a large park. But Pine and Minor is neither one – it’s hardly an intersection at all.
Is it simply that a lot of people were searching for these intersections today?