Google Maps is one of the interesting applications from Google which allows us to find, search, explore and navigate locations. Without maps, it’s hard to find locations and reach the destination. Google Maps itself offer many useful features like places near us, shops, restaurants, etc and their timings, charges, what people say about their services and a ton of other features. It even shows real-time traffic in many countries and the fastest route for the journey.
Local Guide is another exciting feature of Google Maps. Many people are not aware of the Local Guide.
What is a Local Guide
Local Guide is basically a community where anyone can contribute to the Google Maps by leaving ratings, feedbacks and pictures that can help other people find and understand places. The idea behind this is to make Google Maps more trusted so that users can better connect with the application and get insights of locations before actually visiting.
Whenever you reach the desired location it asks you to leave your ratings, pictures, etc. The more you leave ratings the more you level up.
Local Guide Features
When you leave ratings and feedback you become a local guide. You may check your local guide contributions in Menu > My Contributions. Here you can see all of your reviews, contributions, and rewards.
When you become a local guide, Google rewards you with many benefits like early access to its latest services. You may also get free or discounted Google Play Music subscriptions, rented movies and many more.
At reaching a certain level you may even receive special gifts and a Google Guide Exclusive Badge from Google.
What You Can Contribute
You can contribute the following things and when you do so you receive points. These points help you level up.
- Reviews: 10 points
- Photos: 5 points
- Videos: 7 points
- Answers: 1 point
- Q&A answers: 3 points
- Edits: 5 points
How to Contribute to Google Maps
Contributing to google maps is easy. All you need is a Gmail account logged in google maps. Then you can search for places in the search bar where you have been to and answer the questions. You can also contribute by visiting my contribution option in the menu.
Here you will see places where you have been some time but didn’t leave your ratings. You can upload photos, add missing places, answer questions, add comments like timings, ticket, things to keep in mind, etc.
Google Local Guide is a great feature for both users and contributors as well. Users get accurate information about that location and contributors get rewards in return from the company. So if you travel a lot and are not contributing as a local guide then you are missing a great opportunity. Become a Local guide today and start contributing!