Sunday, January 27, 2008
Have you ever used Google Maps and found that your own office address is returned in the wrong location or noticed that the directions to a local restaurant were off by a couple of blocks? Apparently you are not alone. Google has allowed users to edit and move the address location markers returned within it's results to the "exact" location for awhile now. The mass edits basically rely on local user knowledge and I presume there is a system of checks and balances in place so people aren't moving their home address marker to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Well you can now watch all of the recent edits take place on Google Maps in near real time. So the next time you end up in the right location after using Google Maps, be sure to thank John or Jane Doe who spent the time to move a location marker by 37 meters.