Today, the Google announced that the Map Maker tool, which let users add information and suggest changes to Google Maps, will be retired in March of 2017. What they offered to process and suggest features will be migrated to the main Google Maps application as part of the Local Guides program that rewards people for policing and improving their local mapping data by allowing access to features beta and free Google Drive storage.
Map Maker originally started 2008 as a way to gather information from rural areas that G0ogle's tool did not have the ability to do on its own. Over the years, Map Maker's editors and moderators, who were tasked with overseeing and approving changes to G0ogle Maps public data, became millions of users.
Some Map Maker users with the behaviors that were able to update the tool with new features on the public version of Google Maps, including the ability to add new locations and describe existing locations in more detail.
However, the Map Maker community no doubt had its share of the "bad guy". The most publicized incident happened last year when a Map Maker user created an Android robot (oups!) On its logo Apple. The incident has prompted Map Maker to stop temporarily, and G0ogle is looking for ways to mitigate and control these incidents.
Now relying on the Local Guides rewards program instead of allowing anyone to make changes, the Maps team can see some upsurge in helpful comments, location changes, and user-generated information!