Sometimes Google’s too smart

While in Salt Lake City last week I was looking for an address for the Market Street Grill. Cell phone in hand I sent the following SMS to Google (46645): Market Street Grill, Salt Lake City, UT. Typically a search such as this will provide you with addresses as a response. Here’s what I got:

Looking for map of ‘Market Street Grill, Salt Lake City, UT’? Sorry, map information is not available via Google SMS.

Did you guess the problem? It’s the works “street” in my search. Because of this one word, Google thought I was looking for a street and therefore a map, not the address of a business with “street” in the name. A revised search for Market Grill, Salt Lake City, UT retrieved me the answer I was looking for.

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One Reply to “Sometimes Google’s too smart”

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