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Google Maps is introducing Google Maps Maker badges as a mark of achievement. Because – there’s a lot that goes into Google Maps. The technology behind it is just one invisible part. The visible contribution which we often fail to see is the community that lends support to Google Maps in many ways. People share information and when it comes to geographical locations around them, then their little inputs goes a long way in making Google Maps as accurate as possible. One of the tools to provide feedback to Google Maps is the Map Maker tool.

The Map Maker tool enables locals to share information with the rest of the world about businesses, school campuses, and any other point of interest that can be pinpointed on a map. This on the ground ‘intelligence’ goes a long way in making Google Maps more accurate for people who use it. To make individual participation more visible to the rest of the world, Google Maps Maker is rewarding users with badges.

Google says:

You can earn badges for everything from making your first edit in Map Maker, to organizing a MapUp event or contributing to Map Makerpedia. Some badges even have stars you can earn for each milestone within a category.

You can start by making the first edit, and hopefully one day climb up to the final level of being a member of the Regional Expert Reviewers (RER) team. Any badge earned will be prominently displayed on a user’s Map Maker Profile, as well as when you hover over a mapper’s username. The Map Maker Badges guide page tells you more.

Source: Google Maps via Techcrunch


  1. sanjeewa
    April 30, 2015 at 6:49 am

    I think we cannot earn money from google map making

  2. Austen Gause
    November 26, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    thats cool

    • Austen Gause
      November 26, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      i like how they did badges for free work i agree with you notorious

  3. Gary Mundy
    November 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Hey the map will just get better. I hope.

  4. Anandu B Ajith
    November 26, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I Am A Map Maker

  5. Adrian Rea
    November 26, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Points should mean prizes. Getting a badge? Ooh bite me! :)

    • Gideon Waxfarb
      November 26, 2012 at 9:23 am

      LOL, yeah like I'm gonna work for free just to get a badge. Napoleon once quipped that some men would die for ribbons. I am not one of them :P

  6. NotoriousZeus
    November 26, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Thats a good way to put people to use.. give them few badges and they work for free...

    • Igor Rizvi?
      November 26, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      True story,free working force

    • Mac Witty
      November 26, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      We all do!

    • Fakhruddin Ahmad
      November 26, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      This is internet. A lot of people doesn't bother helping others for free. :)

      • Saikat Basu
        November 27, 2012 at 5:37 am

        Wikipedia wouldn't have come into the world, or the Open Source movement in fact, if it hadn't been for people working for free (and learning in the meantime) :)

        There's hope for this world!

        • Anonymous
          November 27, 2012 at 6:27 pm

          very well said :)

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