In other words...
...co-opt users as a free workforce.
I wonder what completely pointless and utterly worthless metric they're going to come up with to persuade the
suckers users that their contributions are really highly valued?
Google is set to reopen its Maps service to user-submitted edits and labels albeit through a new moderating process. The web goliath will use a team of hand-selected users to screen edits to its maps and approve any changes. Previously, Google employees were taxed with monitoring all submitted revisions of Maps. "Map Maker …
We've got several restaurants listed here in east Orlando, despite being closed for over 4 years, and 3 or 4 attempts at informing Google. We've also got one-way streets with the wrong direction given, ditto.
I'm always told "insufficient information" - what the hell more do they want? I can't send a picture of the closed restaurant, it hasn't been there for 3 years!
Also, a motorcycle accessories shop opened down the street 2 years ago, and I heard the owner continually bitch about how he either disappeared from Google Maps, or was listed several blocks away. He eventually closed shop and one of the factors was "wow, I couldn't find you"
Fuck 'em. I now keep a separate map with personal corrections that I share among friends and riding buddies, plus Open Street Map has no problem with corrections.
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And they swarmed in in their thousands, and millions, and Google asked crowdsourcers crowdsourced before to pick the best crowdsourcers from those millions, and so they did and they hailed Google for giving them the opportunity to contribute their time and effort for free, and the ex-Google employees wept as Google saw and laughed with mirth at how much money was saved, and it was good.
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