A long long time ago, when Google introduced “default location” as an optional entry for Google Maps, it didn’t seem to me to actually be the least bit useful. I am not really sure what its function was on paper, but when I used it, I found it to be essentially worthless. It didn’t make it easier to find directions to or from my location, it didn’t center the map on that location, nor did it seem to remember a single thing about it. I could never even find a shortcut to load up my address on the map. As far as I could tell, literally the only thing that this feature accomplished was to physically list your address somewhere. Just in case you forgot perhaps? Who knows. If there was a way to make it work, I could never figure it out, and I consider myself to be far more tech-literate than the average person.

It would appear that there is finally a point to the default location. Today, Google asked me to enter a default location. Not really sure why it didn’t remember it, given that I am logged in to all my Googles, but I will let that slide. So I tried it. And lo and behold, it works! The map ACTUALLY centers on my default location automatically, and when I click “directions” to a location, it automatically populates the start location with my address. In the past, I used to literally have to type in my full and complete address down to the zip code, otherwise it would use an incorrect location. That became very frustrating. Now, it would seem, I don’t have to worry about that.

Google Map users rejoice, a new age is upon us. Now if they can only fix those momentary outages that seem to happen only when you are in a hurry, I will be a happy man.