One feature in MapMaker that has been useful is the ability to edit business listings that you didn’t control. This could be used to note name or hour changes for listings that you didn’t have direct control over but for one reason or another needed to change. With the imminent closing of MapMaker how to get those edits of business listings approved was a question mark. Google is starting to address this eventuality by giving Level 5 Guides the ability to approve these edits via Google Maps on the desktop. Apparently this feature which has been available on Android will also soon be available to iOS users and allow for advanced road editing as well.
From the post:
Today we begin the process of expanding this feature by rolling out the ability to “Verify The Facts” on desktop Maps for all Level 5 Local Guides.
Try out moderation on desktop:
- Navigate to maps.google.com on a desktop device (make sure you’re logged into your Local Guides account).
- Open the = menu on the side, and click “Your Contributions”
- Click the “Check the facts” banner under your profile to see a list of places with pending edits awaiting your local expertise.
- Choose an edit you would like to moderate and select “Yes,” “No,” or “Not Sure.” You can also click the place’s title a second time to see the information Google has about the place, or click “Search This Place On Google” to find web results.
Over the next few weeks you can look forward to Missions for iOS, the ability to report issues on multiple road segments at once, and the option to report locations on the map that are missing roads.Moderation of Business Listing Changes Now Available to Level 5 Local Guides by Mike Blumenthal