When Curbed NY alerted us to the termination of real estate listings on Google Maps, we stared for a while at maps.google.com until we found, to the right of the search box, a teeny, tiny, drop-down box in which the words "real estate" appear. In a move similar to bringing out a plate of cookies and then whisking them away before anyone has a chance to try any, Google has announced that this real estate feature will be dropped by Feb. 10, citing "low usage" and the existence of better listings sites. With it will disappear many, many hours of potential procrastination.
· Google Drops Search Tool That No One Used [Curbed NY]
· Google closing door on real estate in Google Maps [CNET]