How to Add or Edit Road on Google Maps?
According to Ars Technica, Google plans to introduce a new feature to Google Maps that will allow users to draw missing roads directly on the map, ostensibly improving the service's coverage in some areas where Google's data sources are not comprehensive.
The feature will only be available on the desktop web version of Google Maps, not on mobile phone apps. And it will—at least at first—be offered in 80 countries. Google says it will "vet" these suggested map changes before publishing them for other users to see.
How to add or edit missing roads on Google Maps:
1. Users can click on the side menu button and select the "Edit the Map" option to get to the "Missing Road" entry.
2. Choosing the Missing Road option lets users add missing roads by drawing lines, which is an upgrade from the prior tool that was pin-based. Users could drop a pin where there was an error, but the new road drawing tool allows for better accuracy, reported MacRumors.
3. In addition to drawing lines to add missing roads, the tool lets users rename roads, change the direction of a road, and realign or delete incorrect roads. There are also tools for informing Google about road closures with specific dates, reasons, and routes.
Google is vetting all contributed road updates before publishing them to maps. This is not the first time that Google has offered users the ability to edit its maps. The company used to run a tool called Map Maker, which acted as a sort of Wikipedia-like community-curated map. But the tool experienced stops and starts as moderation became an issue, and Google ultimately pulled the plug on it in 2017. However, a limited subset of Map Maker features was made available to superusers Google calls "Local Guides."
The new map-editing features are more precise and more powerful, and they will be available to more people. Google has not said how it might better handle the moderation challenges it has faced with previous community-edited maps.
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Google Maps Photo Updates
A new content type will soon be rolled out to Google Maps called photo updates, as cited by Search Engine Journal. Photo updates allow users to share experiences and highlights with recent photos without being required to leave a review. A photo update consists of a recent picture of a place with a short text description.
To add a photo update, start by selecting a place in Google Maps and going to the “Updates” tab. Then tap on the “Add a photo update” button.
From there select the photos and add a short description. Users can upload as many photos as they want in a single photo update. Photo updates from other people can be viewed in the same Updates tab.
When this feature rolls out in the coming weeks it will be the first time users have been able to add photos of a place without writing an accompanying review.
This makes the photo-sharing process on Google Maps more casual, akin to how one would share photos on social media. Photo updates could potentially lead to an influx of user uploads for places and businesses. Those photos can assist others when deciding where to visit next.
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