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Google will retire Map Maker, the tool that let anyone update Maps – Engadget

Googles Map Maker tool was released in April 2011 as a parallel version of its official Maps app that encouraged user-submitted geographical and business changes, crowdsourcing updates. This begins a slow process for the search giant to transfer most, but not all of, the tools from Map Maker over to Maps leading up to and after its transition date next spring. What aspects won’t make the jump are unclear, but restricting edits and suggestions to its Local Guides program might prevent another vulgar joke edit from shutting down the public-facing site for a few weeks.

Google will retire Map Maker, the tool that let anyone update Maps – Engadget