There's Something Weird Going on With Google Map Maker

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Namely, Google Map Maker is shutting down. Now, I know what you're thinking - who cares? But Search Engine Land makes a compelling case for why you should, I think.

It's basically a reduction in transparency. Spammers still exist and they're still abusing Google Maps - but now they're doing it in a way that small business owners will have more difficulty detecting. Map Maker made it easy to tell who was a spammer and deal with them. Business owners will have to rely more on Google now - which isn't always a good thing.