Map editing service Google Map Maker officially shut down on Friday, March 31, the Mountain View-based tech giant announced on its support pages. The company explained how the decision to discontinue Google Map Maker was a logical one after many of its core functionalities migrated to Google Maps over time. All of the basic editing features offered by the now-discontinued service have already made their way to both the desktop and mobile versions of Google Maps, the company revealed. Those functionalities include the ability to add a place or edit information about an existing location, moderate other people’s edits and view the history of your own changes, edit road segments, and more.
While a number of minor features of Google Map Maker currently aren’t available in Google Maps, the Alphabet-owned company promised it will continue its efforts aimed at reintroducing those functionalities in the future. Google didn’t provide a specific time frame to accompany that promise, but more information on the matter will likely be unveiled in due time, possibly even by summer. In the meantime, users are still able to keep contributing to Google’s mapping community by joining the company’s Local Guides program that allows them to share their knowledge in exchange for digital points they can use to unlock various rewards and receive access to experimental Google Maps features. If you’ve used Google Map Maker in the past and want to continue utilizing your local knowledge to contribute to Google’s knowledge database, you can find out more details about the Local Guides program by following the source link below. Those who aren’t interested in that alternative are seemingly out of luck as there’s currently no indication that Google is looking to release a standalone successor to its terminated map editing service.
The discontinuation of Google Map Maker comes a year and a half after Google relaunched the service in the United States and many other countries following its efforts to redesign the tool to minimize its chances of being abused. However, back then, the company already started transitioning many features of the service to the more controlled environment of Google Maps, so while it wasn’t heavily publicized, the firm’s decision to shut down Google Map Maker also isn’t particularly surprising.