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Old Nov 19, 2007, 07:12 PM   #1
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Arrow Google Lets Users Edit Google Maps Locations, Wiki-Style

November 19, 2007 (Computerworld) -- For those who have gotten lost, delayed or just plain frustrated on a trip due to a mistaken marker on Google Maps, the company has unveiled a potential solution.

Google Inc. on Monday announced that registered Google users in the U.S. and Australia can move incorrect markers for their homes or businesses to the correct locations.

Google did note that access to some listings, such as hospitals, government buildings or businesses whose listings have been claimed through Google's Local Business Center, will be restricted. In addition, some edits, such as moving a place marker more than 200 yards (or 200 meters in some countries) from its original location requires a moderator's approval before they show up on the map, according to Google.

The program requires a user to search for his home address to find an arrow that will have information about the location. After clicking edit, a user then can move the arrow to the correct location and save it. When anyone else searches for the address, they will see the edited marker at the correct address, Google said.

To prevent users from deliberately moving a marker to the wrong address, there will be a "Show Original" link that will direct users to the original marker. If the new one is in the wrong place, users can fix it.


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