There should be an image here!Recently it seems like Google has put a lot of work into seeing itself go local. And this is a good thing. But in this tough economy, the single biggest thing that needs to happen is helping out small businesses while saving their patrons money. Google might have something for that.

Today I learned that Google is looking to integrate coupons, local ones, into its maps. And while this is great news, I was dismayed to learn that this functionality is both a ways off and will potentially not be available be hidden for iPhone users.

Still, there is something to be said about making this kind of thing available from a long term perspective. I remain a bit fuzzy on how redemption is to work out, but I am sure Google has plans for this as well.