Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Google Maps gets wikified

Google has opened Google Maps to the world to annotate: It's your world. Map it.

Now in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand, you can log into your Google account to edit a place on the map. You can even mark that a business has closed to save someone an extra trip. Of course, we've taken steps to help protect accuracy -- for example, you'll still be able to see the original listing information along with the history of changes made.

That is so impressive. Google has taken a very successful product and turned it over to the people as a wiki. That takes guts. My hat is off to Google!

1 comment:

Eli Sagor said...

This is a great feature. I stumbled across it a few weeks ago preparing to teach a class on building an online map. The day before the training, I noticed that our location was off by about a mile (it's pretty remote). I also noticed that I could edit the location. Hmmm...

So I took a screencapture, then fixed the location. I was notified that the change wouldn't take effect immediately.

Sure enough, during the next day's training I asked everyone to map that address. Guess what? Up came the revised location. Whereupon of course I showed them the screencapture of the original location and explained what I'd done. What a great (and lucky!) teaching moment! People were pretty impressed with Google Maps, as (IMO) they should be.