Be funny, win money* (money is actually an iTunes gift card)

By Tim Priebe on March 7, 2011

By Tim Priebe on March 7, 2011

Picture a poor Google engineer, locked away in his Google dungeon, having to read problem report after problem report of bad locations on Google. Boring!

Let’s brighten up his day with some funny (but accurate) problem reports! And we’ll give the funniest entry a free $15 iTunes gift card.

Google Maps has our business in the wrong location. So if a lot of people report a problem, we think we’ll have a decent chance of (finally) getting it fixed. And we can cheer up a severely bored (we assume) Google employee’s day.

The following should just take a minute or too, although that depends on how much time you need to warm up your funny bone. We and the Google engineer would greatly appreciate it.

  1. Go to this link
  2. Before you start, make sure Google still has the location wrong. If the “A” marker is still up on Covell (it should be on Memorial), keep going.
  3. Click on the marker labeled “A”
  4. Click on the “More” drop-down in the bottom right of the box that just popped up
  5. Click on “Report a problem”
  6. Select “Listing contains incorrect information or spam” (should be the first option)
  7. Under “What information is incorrect?” select “Marker Location”
  8. Fill out the comment (for funny and hilarious suggestions, see below).
  9. Copy and paste your comment, THEN click the Report Problem button.
  10. Navigate back to our blog page to enter in your funny comment (more details below).

Now we’re to the part where you need to convey that the marker is wrong. Basically, the marker is up on Covell, and should be down on Memorial, where the address is actually located. We want you to convey that information, but make it funny. Here are examples:

Boring comment:

Marker location is in the wrong position. It’s on the wrong side of town, and should be where the address is actually located.

Funny comment (relatively speaking):

Unless a tornado picked up T&S Web Design and moved them (and that is possible in Oklahoma), their marker is on the wrong location. It says it’s at 2801 E Memorial Road, which is correct, but for some reason the marker is not in the right place.

Hilarious comment:

Hello. I would like to report an inaccuracy in the location of T&S Web Design in Edmond, Oklahoma. When I drove to the location indicated in Google Maps, I arrived in a residential neighborhood. When I knocked on the door of one of the houses, instead of a web designer answering, a rather curious old man answered. He invited me in for tea. The next few minutes are rather blurry. I remember something about a straitjacket, a magician and a locked trunk. When I came to, it was three days later, my wallet was gone, and I was in the middle of a field. And, of course, I still didn’t have a website. Later I learned that while the address on the Google Maps location is correct, the marker is in the wrong location.

Of course, your comment does not have to be that long.

**Before you submit your comment, make sure you copy it and paste it as a comment at the bottom of this blog entry, or on this blog’s post on our Facebook page.

We’ll select the winner on Monday, March 14th and announce it on the blog and our Facebook page. Let us know if you have any problems, otherwise good luck, and we and the Google engineer thank you!

EDIT 2011-03-12: PG or tamer responses only, please.

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  1. Avatar Andy Moore on March 7, 2011 at 9:45 am

    At first I thought myself fortunate to find a wormhole in the space/time continuum just a few miles from my home. I mean, seriously, a website developer who can also travel through space AND time – I might even transfer my hosting to them for if they’d let me hop in the wormhole once or twice. Alas, I was saddened to learn that the Google Maps marker was simply in the wrong place. Guess I’ll head back to my basement for another round of Klingon language-acquisition flash cards.

  2. Avatar Tammie Harris on March 7, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Well, I about pee’d my pants finding out the location was in the wrong spot on the Map. I started rolling on the floor with laughter, because, you see, just the other day, I had drove by and it was not a business of this sort. Web designing? Rather, it was one of clowning around for a bunch of kiddos, a bounce place or something like that! Now that it is all sorted out, I can begin to gain control of the laughter. It’s just another Google Map error and matters of the wrong location!

  3. Avatar Amanda on March 12, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    As I drove my car to Covell, where Google Map says T & S Web Design is located, alas…I see something that looks like it is out of Charlotte’s Web. Two large spiders, with the letters T and S on their backs in red, vigorously designing intricate webs between two houses. After speaking with them, I discovered that they too found out about Google Maps error of putting T & S Web Design in the wrong location and decided to capitalize on it. Ever since the error, they have been receiving a large number people stopping by looking for T & S Web Design. As the people drop their french fries and chips, flies abound. Hmm…at least somone is benefiting by this error 🙂

  4. Avatar amber gi on March 13, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    I wanted to get my website tweaked, but the location you give isn’t actually T&S
    Web Design, now my husband wants a divorce, my kids are upset and my dogs need Kk9 therapy. You sent me to a cougar shop…I succumbed to sales pressure…fix your map before more innocent families suffer!

  5. Avatar Amanda H on March 14, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I was trying to get to T&S Web Design but Google Maps sent me to the wrong street. T&S is on E Memorial Rd near Lost Creek. The river might have something to do with them being lost but I’m pretty sure it was just a mistake on Google’s behalf 🙂