Custom categories, long missing from Google Maps, had retained their presence in MapMaker. That distinction has now ended. MapMaker has announced the end of custom categories and that MapMaker would now use the standard 2500+ categories that have been available to My Business and Maps.
Firstly, a BIG thanks for your continued support to improve Google Maps!
Google Map Maker offers you a detailed menu to add the most relevant category by providing a wide range of 2500+ categories to choose from. While we continue to expand this list, we’ve removed the ability to manually type-in the category of your choice.
Henceforth, any existing free-form categories will only be visible to the mapper who originally created them.
Once again, your understanding and patience is tremendously appreciated.
Thanks, and Happy Mapping!
With Google’s rollout of new international categories, we are in the process of updating the Google Category Tool. Thanks to those that have helped out; Mohammed Alami, Chris McCreery, Eduard de Boer & Courtney Rogers. I want to give a special hat tip to Keenan Glass who showed me how to gather categories in other countries.
We have also updated the tool with a number of third party categories that are commonly used in the US. Let me know if you find the additions of Localeze, Yelp, InfoUSA, Bing and NAICS categories helpful.
Here is the current status of the updates
Have the following categories and will be added/updated soon
Need help getting the categories for:
- Any other country you would like to see added (let me know which ones).
Other new categories added to the tool
Google Bulk Upload Categories
If you would like to help in the gathering of categories here are the instructions to do so:
Go into the new dashboard (if your current email only goes to the old dashboard then create a new gmail account)