SOFTWARE HOUSE Google announced Map Maker Badges today, a rewards system for those who help make Google Maps better by adding local places of note and making corrections.
The rewards system has been developed for Google Maps users that add suggestions and corrections through Google's Map Maker, an app that gives users the chance to use their local knowledge to enrich Google Maps by adding places that have been missed, edit places that might be labeled in the wrong place, add roads or review edits by other users.
"You've been working hard to build the most comprehensive world map, and now you can share those accomplishments with the new Google Map Maker Badges," Google said in a Google+ post.
"You can earn badges for everything from making your first edit in Map Maker, to organising a Mapup event or contributing to Map Makerpedia".
Google said that some of the badges have stars you can earn for each milestone in a category, just like being back at school earning stars for handing in your homework on time.
"These fun and colorful badges will appear for all to see on your Map Maker Profile, as well as when you hover over a mapper's username," Google added.
The service is available now in the US, although Google told The INQUIRER today that it isn't available in the UK and didn't state plans to launch there anytime soon.
The addition of badges to reward users for making Google's mapping service a better and more reliable experience shows Google's growing strength while Apple Maps continues to frustrate IOS users who can't access the Google Maps service.
However, rumour has it that Google is nearly ready to release Google Maps for Apple's IOS.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Google has distributed a test version of its new Google Maps for IOS app, and is "putting the finishing touches" on it before submitting it to the Itunes App Store.
There's hope yet, Apple users. µ