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    Arrow Why Google Shutting Down MapMaker Should Terrify SMBs - Joy Hawkins

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    Google’s Map Maker has often received bad press due to the amount of spam that originates from users of the product. In May of 2015, Map Maker was actually shut down to help prevent disasters like this one. So Google’s announcement that they’re shutting down Map Maker entirely in March of 2017 made a lot of people […]

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    Re: Why Google Shutting Down MapMaker Should Terrify SMBs - Joy Hawkins

    Happy New Year!

    I'm assuming since this post from Joy at SELand hit over the Holidays, some of you may have missed it. Wanted to bump it to see if we can get a discussion going.

    What do you think???
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    Re: Why Google Shutting Down MapMaker Should Terrify SMBs - Joy Hawkins

    Thanks Linda. This is indeed an important topic.

    It's sort of surprising that Google is doing this, but then again, it's possible that it's part of the prelude to them eventually completely monetizing the local listing space.

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    Re: Why Google Shutting Down MapMaker Should Terrify SMBs - Joy Hawkins

    Google announced this a while ago, and it's been a long time too since the reporting feature in Map Maker was broken. I'm glad they left a number of months in between announcement and pulling, but they really don't seem to be rushing to put out new features to fill the gaps that are left behind. As Joy mentions in the article, there's a lot of problems this will cause... in addition to making work flow more challenging when looking for duplicates.

    Hopefully it's not part of a push towards fully monetizing the local space, my own guess is it's not (for most industries) so much as it is a bit of a disconnect between engineers and those actually in the trenches. Or maybe it's just that local isn't very high on the list of priorities, I imagine map maker upkeep and work was something that to some could look like a needless expense. I suppose we'll just have to see what happens.

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    Re: Why Google Shutting Down MapMaker Should Terrify SMBs - Joy Hawkins

    Goodness. Things getting just a little rougher.

    Thanks for the article, Joy!
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