Friday, September 13, 2019

Goodbye MapTag :(

Google Cloud platform made some changes to its TOS which resulted in charging me $100 for 1 month of PlayMapTag. A handful of people around the globe play it, but apparently the Maps API access charges exceed the monthly credit by that much, and I don't want to be paying that amount each month for what was a fun learning project. And I'm not about to put advertising on the website, which would probably not offset the cost anyway. 

The Maps API was used by PlayMapTag and Tacotacotruck (which probably nobody used anyway and was probably way out of date, so no tears were shed), so I took down both of those. 

Had a really good run and a fun time with these projects. I'm not sure there's any way to hit the API less. Streetview, which nearly all of what PlayMapTag was using, is very data intensive as you can imagine. 

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