By Fareeha Qayoom
The other day, I was meeting friends at English Tea House for brunch. Since I had never been there before; I looked it up on the Google maps (on my cell phone) – it was there; complete with the address (24 Sir Syed Ahmed Road), with couple of other landmarks located in the vicinity as well. (Although, you do need internet access to run the maps on your cell phone.).
Not that I am surprised.
I know I am not very tech savvy but the few times I have used the Google Maps tool, I have generally located the route and location very easily.
In fact, one day I was playing with the maps, trying to locate my home address on it and noticed a couple of landmarks in the vicinity that even I didn’t know were there…a new medical center had opened up a couple of blocks away. The map had its location down even before the road signs were put up to mark its location physically…I should know because the road signs were put up a couple of days after I had already looked up my address on the map! 😀 The point, it’s very accurate.
The other day, a colleague asked me for directions to Pancake Lounge from our office, I just showed him the location on the Maps. I thought it was easier to give him a visual than explaining the route. He found it easy too and got there without a problem.
You might find it easier to give directions to obscure places via the Maps as well. I have tried that already and this works too. I emailed a couple of screen shots with the general route marked to out-of- town colleagues who were visiting our office for the first time and they got to our office without a problem too.
High-tech – huh?