Google’s well known map service on Wednesday added more ways for individuals to draw in with neighborhood organizations attempting to endure the financial hit of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Google Maps improvements were as a major aspect of a push to support little restaurants and shops.
New features on the Maps include being able to check by name whether local businesses have donation or gift card links at their online profiles.
According to Google Maps senior vice president Jen Fitzpatrick. Google searches for “how to help small businesses” rocketed to an all-time high in March.
Fitzpatrick said in a blog post that: “People across the world are looking for ways to continue supporting corner bookstores, local watering holes, beloved dance studios and other businesses that give their neighborhoods character even if it’s from a distance.”
Per Fitzpatrick statements, Weeks to come, it will be possible to use the search tool of Google maps to find all nearby restaurants asking for financial help to endure the crisis, .
According to Maps team also, Google has protocols to check whether businesses reaching out for support are legitimate operations.
Fitzpatrick added that: “Merchants who normally provided in-person services are now pivoting to connect with their customers virtually — from yoga studios offering online classes to salons hosting virtual hair styling classes”.
“We’re making it easier for customers to discover online classes and book virtual appointments.”
“Today people are deciding where to grab food not only based on the menu, but also on how easy it is to pick up safely.”
“Some restaurants are even ditching dining areas for good.“