Meet The Man Who Makes Sure Google Maps Is Right

MercuryNews.com has a story on Blake Stephens, the man who is responsible for many of the Google Maps edits you see on Google Maps day.

In fact, this man is a member of Google Maps’ collaborative cartography corps, where users use Google Map Maker to make corrections and adjustments to the details you see on Google Maps. In a single month he made over 400 edits to Google Maps. The tool lets you make edits to add, correct, delete and describe new roads, businesses, park trails and playgrounds. The tool even lets you add layers of information on the map.

Stephens earned the title “Regional Expert Reviewer” for the state of Florida.

There are communities of volunteers helping make Google Maps more useful to searchers and users. These volunteers are key to Google Maps growth and best of all, Google provides the tools and the work is done for free.

Google holds Google Maps Geo Summits around the world to bring these volunteers together and learn about the latest Google tools and features to help improve Google Maps.

Related Topics: Channel: Local | Google: Maps & Local

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  • http://twitter.com/nextgenseek nextgenseek

    Googe Maps need to do better and bring the “wow” feeling back.  Bing is catching up. Here is an example.
    http://buzzintechnology.com/2012/05/planning-a-trip-to-a-national-park-ditch-google-maps-and-use-bing-maps/ and Apple has come up with a coup.. It is interesting time for maps. 

  • http://www.orionweb.net/ Russ Offord

    Google Places support recently sent me an email reply in which they mentioned to check Google Mapmaker for the existence of the place in question as part of a troubleshooting proceedure for the Google Places (now Google+ business) listing.

  • http://www.seogenx.com/ Nandkishor

    Doing great jobs. Hope this can be available to the countries other than USA. I am so exciting to do this.

  • http://wpsites.net/ Brad Dalton

    I think Bing maps as nicer really especially for WordPress users who want to embed them in a post or page

  • pip010

    are you kidding me? google maps is not right! it is painfully NOT right on their on damned OS Android

    meet osmdroid and open source provider. forget about G. it is not a GOD!

  • http://localseoireland.ie/ Sean Fullerton

    we’re still waiting on map maker in Ireland (and voice, and offers!). grrr

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