Google keeps Maps up-to-date with the help of “Local Guides” and rewards contributors through a tier system with various perks. A small change sees settings for Local Guides moved out of Google Maps to a new site.

On the web, allows you to see your points score and a breakdown of how many reviews, photos, answers, etc. you’ve contributed. It also allows you to quickly review without having to first pull up a listing. There’s also a “Connect” tab, but this opens a separate community website.

This page also has a link to “Settings” where you can “Change your city,” determine what emails you receive, and exit the program. In a quick email, Google explains that Local Guides are getting a new settings page.

The new site — — is not part of Google Maps and only houses the first two controls:

  • Update your location for a more relevant Local Guides experience: Today, we send you locally relevant emails and rewards based on the city selection you made when you first joined the program.
  • Control the emails you receive: change the types of emails you receive, or want to stop receiving Local Guide emails entirely

Meanwhile, opt-out is becoming its own separate site that’s not linked to in the new settings. Given this direction, it’s possible that will eventually be replaced entirely, as much of the functionality is already built into Maps at

Google did not specify yesterday when the settings changeover is occurring as the old Local Guides page is still available.

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