Google offers new solution for Mapspam removal: Goodoo

From the Google Maps for Business discussion at Google Groups:

== 1 of 1 == Date: Mon, Aug 6 2007 6:01 pm

From: “Maps Guide Jen”

Hi Mike,

1)How soon can we expect to see a technological solution to this problem? Relying on vigilant readers seems to be the proverbial finger in the dam.

We’re actually working on a solution right now that isn’t just relying on the vigilance of folks such as yourself. To make the bulk upload / Local Business Center world better for everyone, I can’t really tell you anything about what we’re doing to keep these spammy listings from entering the Maps index.

2)Is there a clear statement of what is acceptable practice for bulk upload? If so where? I looked but could not find a simple summary of what was accetable practice and what wasn’t and what the consequences of unaccpetable practice would be.

No, there isn’t. We try to be nice and keep things flexible by staying out of the legal repercussions of creating a statement that would confine our users to specific uses of Google Maps. In the future, we may have to revisit the question of whether or not we need a statement such as the one you were looking for.

3)Will there be a standarized and more responsive mechanism for reporting abuse than these forums if we can expect these issues to become more prevalent?

This isn’t in the works yet, as there haven’t been enough reports to warrant one. However, if the volume continues to rise, to a point where this forum is no longer a feasible way to bring our attention to such issues, we’d definitely want to implement a better system.

4)When abuse is reported what is an appropriate timeframe to wait for a response?(I am specifically refering to the report several days ago here bulk upload abuse).

Give the guides in this group a week to get back to you. If you still don’t hear back, sacrifice a goat or vegetable of your choice. Er, I mean, write to us again :o) Cheers, Jen

Dear Jen:

I have just one more question (well maybe more than one):

In this new practice of Goodoo (those mystical steps, combining technology and ancient religious practice needed to remove mapspam or affect a change to a listing in Google Maps) is blood sacrfice permisable? What is the proper role of my Goodoo dolls of THE FOUNDERS? Is just a small pin placed into a sensitive part of their anatomy acceptable practice?

Please consider leaving a comment as your input will help me (& everyone else) better understand and learn about local.
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8 thoughts on “Google offers new solution for Mapspam removal: Goodoo”

  1. Hi Chris-

    It is either:

    1)My immersion in Goodoo and its special incantations and such
    2)The widespread publicity and coverage put Google in better mood regarding a response as a way of demonstrating their good will toward the internet community
    3)Jen took pity on me and wanted to provide me with an article for my blog today.


  2. Its a good thing the meta engine dogpile didn’t create all these issues….otherwise you would be immersed in dogdoo!!

    At the very least this series of articles might have alerted Google to expedite cleaning up the volume of bad data or ability to spam data into G Maps.

  3. Hey Mike,

    Fascinating interview you posted here. I hadn’t been by in a few days and I just noticed you’ve got a slew of great follow up posts on the topic. Again, kudos on the solid blogging! (And please feed my need – it seems you haven’t blogged in nearly a week! tsk tsk 😉 )


  4. Oh, and another thing. I’ve long wanted to do an in-depth research article covering the top ranking sites of Canada’s 10 biggest cities. The idea would be to spot patterns and provide some kind of guide regarding optimization around city names, which is still the most prevalent type of local search, afaik. (Ergo, Montreal Hotel…).

    The interest from our perspective is to create an authoritative piece that would be great link-bait, not to mention let you charge a premium (for your greater expertise) to any of your hosting clients whom you do marketing for…

  5. Hi Gab

    Thanks for the encouragement about writing. I find that I much prefer to write to an interest rather than to a deadline. Thus I often put my blog behind family, business and vacation.

    Let me know if I can be of help to you when you write the article.


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