Finding Businesses

Finding Businesses

I have written about this problem before. There seem to be a lot of "on-line directories" but all the ones I have found suffer from:

  • Inaccurate information
  • Incomplete information
  • Outdated information

Recently my bad experiences have moved to Google maps. First, where I just bought a house Google maps indicated a bakery. No bakery there and next there and the two businesses nearby are not shown. One of the first things I want to do on the new house is change the locks. Google maps shows a locksmith a couple of blocks away. I go looking and there is no such place.

Combine this with other recent Google maps experiences and I now see Google maps like those inaccurate directories. It's the same problem: listing some stuff to get some web traffic seems like a great idea -- for your business. But, keeping it up to date is just a pain.

I don't know the solution here. When I live in the U.S. and Costa Rica the Yellow Pages offered a reasonable place to look for a business. Here I don't have a viable solution.