Google Maps Has a New Interface for You Describing Places

Google Maps would not be half useful than it is without the collaboration of people updating, improving and extending the maps and points of interest including map information.

But you don’t have to be a cartographer or an expert in the field to contribute your own, the only thing you have to do is learn enough about a place for answer simple questions in the connection. Is it a good place to take the kids? Do you have discounts? Is there disabled access?

Google is promoting much lately this quick collaboration to achieve the casual collaboration of people who formerly would have not bothered to do so if the process was rather long and serious. This, for up to now used cards questions Yes, No or not sure, but now you are testing another method, using tags.

It describes this place

The concept is exactly the same: ask people that have been in place (and Google knows it well through the history of locations) that respond to simple questions about it. Google Maps encourages you do it in several sections, although the most obvious way is from the section Your contributions.

What changes is the way: the succession of colourful floating cards with questions gives way to the only suggestion window. The information is the same that would be obtained by using the cards, but condensed in tags. With a touch you can activate a feature as available, with another as not available, and with other leave it blank (the equivalent to not sure).

These labels applied to places seem to coexist with the cards, however. It is possible that someone at Google has noticed is that if you know a place and you want to collaborate on it, is probably more comfortable to do it one time that responding to cards one after the other. On the other hand, if you simply get bored and want to collaborate by chance, the cards are still useful.

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