Google Maps just killed off one of its most popular features


The Google Map Maker option is no more!

The powerful tool allowed users to suggest edits and add modifications to Google Maps.

Sadly, the tool was abused and users had to wait in a queue before their submission were admissible.

Members of the Google Maps community had the power to decide if the edits were accurate and if so, were rolled out on the software’s continuous background patches.

It wasn’t always foolproof, but it does come as surprise it has been dropped completely.

Some functions remain and have been migrated to the mobile version but the ability to build roads and buildings has now gone.

Originally introduced in 2008, the feature appeared to be a mainstay but it has been killed off due to the moderation process.

The new Local Guides program still allows users contributions but just under a new guise.

Writing on a new support page, Google has stated: “Since 2008, the Google Map Make community has edited and moderated millions of features to improve the Google Maps experience.

“To make it easier for all Google Maps users to contribute changes to the map, we’ve started to graduate functionality from Map Maker to Google Maps on both desktop and mobile.

“We’ll continue to add new editing features within Google Maps on an ongoing basis.

“To keep contributing your local knowledge to Google Maps and engage with a passionate community of likeminded individuals, we invite you to join the Local Guides program.”


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