Google has taken the lockdowns and global pandemic as an opportunity to highlight what it can do with local search. Partly, this is business; partly, this is social responsibility. Small businesses likely appreciate the spotlight in either case.
Today, the search giant has spotlighted local bookstores. As it turns out, comic book stores matter.
Who says comics books don’t count? More than 40 states have at least one comic book store among their top ten searched bookstores. Florida leads the pack, with eight comic book stores in its top ten most-searched bookstores on Google Maps.
That’s an impressive figure from Florida. There are over 21 million people in the Sunshine State, and people have likely lived there for at least 12,000 years.
Google also highlights what you can do once you discover bookstores, or comic book stores, on Maps;
Scroll through the list of local favorites to find information like reviews, hours, location, and even if a bookstore is black-owned or LGBTQ friendly via the attributes on their Business Profile. Once you find a place you love, tap the Save button to add it to an existing list or start a new one for future you.
The search engine also points out you can follow Local Guides, but there isn’t an easy way on the web to do that yet; it’s only barely possible from the Google Maps app.
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