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Google integrates Google+ features into Map Maker

If you enjoy fiddling around with Google Map Maker in your spare time, then you can now share your hobby with your friends on Google+.

Google has made its Map Maker tool a little more social, letting you share any map edits you have made or reviews you have written with people in your Google+ circles.

"By sharing your map edits and reviews with people connected to you on Google+ who may be regional experts or know about a particular area, you can both enjoy a shared interest and improve Google Maps," Google said.

When sharing Map Maker content on Google+, you can select specific people or circles to share with and add a custom message. Those you have shared with will see a link to the map location or feature, as well as a description of what you did. Friends can then comment on your post to collaborate on the map-making action.

Google Map Maker lets you update geographic information in Google Maps and Google Earth. You can add things like local restaurants, parking lots, missing roads, hiking trails, waterways, and bike lanes. Other users can then review and provide feedback on your changes. Once approved, they will appear online for the Internet to see.

Google Map Maker has been around since 2005, and is now available in more than 200 countries and regions around the world, though it has yet to surface in the UK.

Meanwhile, residents of Cambridge Bay in the Canadian Arctic are using Google's Street View Trike and Map Maker to help build a comprehensive map of one of the most remote places on earth.