Google’s Map Maker feature (available in Australia since August) allows users to add corrections and additional information to its maps. A bug in recent weeks has meant that updates aren’t being speedily posted to the site. Google says it is aware of the issue and is working on a fix.
Lifehacker reader Daniel contacted us last week to highlight some Map Maker problems:
Until a couple of days ago, edits were being uploaded to the public map as soon as they were approved (though the directions lingered a little longer, presumably to maintain quality). But two days ago, it seems the public map at maps.google.com.au and on Android phones has reverted to a state prior to Map Maker being launched in Australia, putting all our efforts to waste. The Map Maker GUI still shows our edits.
We contacted Google to ask what was going on, and got this reply:
We are aware of the problem and are working to fix it. We apologise for the inconvenience and all updates to Map Maker made since August 10th should be restored soon.
Variability is to be expected with web services, but it’s good to know this apparently isn’t symptomatic of a broader change.