local guides Stories June 13

GOOG: 953.40

10.50

Google today announced an update to its Local Guides program — perhaps the biggest one in a while. Starting today, Local Guides can reach up to level 10, whereas previously the “game” was capped at level 5. That means those who previously maxed out their points have reason to start updating Google Maps data again…

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local guides Stories January 18

GOOG: 806.07

1.46

Google Maps on the web adds notifications for Local Guides users

With YouTube now providing alerts through the browser for new videos from subscriptions, Google Maps is the latest service to gain notifications on the web. The option is seemingly only appearing for members of the Local Guides program for now, but hopefully will expand to other users in the future…

local guides Stories January 11

GOOG: 807.91

3.12

Google Maps’ lists feature is expanding to more Local Guides users

Earlier this year, Google Maps started testing out a new, and very useful feature called lists. The functionality has been limited to only certain levels of Local Guides users, but now Google is finally expanding the program.

local guides Stories July 7, 2016

GOOG: 695.36

-2.41

PSA: Google Local Guides who reach Level 4 now receive 100GB of Drive storage, not 1TB

As noted at Google’s support website, the different levels of the Local Guides program come with many different benefits. Up to today, those reaching the fourth level would qualify for 1TB of Google Drive storage for one year. Unfortunately, Google is now toning down that offer to just 100GB so that it can “continue giving Drive storage to all Level 4 qualified Local Guides.”

local guides Stories June 6, 2016

GOOG: 716.55

-5.79

Google has just opened up a new contest for Google Maps Local Guides users, allowing them the chance to win a free, custom Nexus Live Case for their Nexus 6P or 5X. To enter all users need to do is head over to Google Maps, either on the desktop or mobile, and leave high quality reviews of places and business they’ve recently been to.

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local guides Stories November 13, 2015

GOOG: 717.00

-14.23

Google expands Local Guides in Maps with new rewards

Google announced today that it’s expanding the Local Guides feature it has for Google Maps that aims to act as a community-driven virtual guide for points of interest with an integrated rewards program (which it could position as a Yelp competitor).

Among the biggest update for the expansion is new rewards for users, allowing access to upgraded Google Drive storage, early access to Google products and features, and more.

Google detailed the new rewards, which include the ability for users to earn a free 1 TB upgrade of Drive storage by accumulating a certain number of points. The top reward will make users eligible to attend Google’s inaugural summit in 2016: “… you’ll be able to meet other top Guides from around the world, explore the Google campus, and get the latest info about Google Maps. Look out for details early next year.”

Here’s a look at the new rewards:

Level 1 (0 – 4 points): Enter exclusive contests (think new Google devices!) in select countries.

Level 2 (5 – 49 points): Get early access to new Google products and features.

Level 3 (50 – 199 points): Show up in the Google Maps app with your official Local Guides badge.

Level 4 (200 – 499 points): Receive a free 1 TB upgrade of your Drive storage, allowing you to keep all the stories, photos, and videos from your travels in one safe place.

Level 5 (500+ points): The very top Local Guides will become eligible to apply to attend our inaugural summit in 2016, where you’ll be able to meet other top Guides from around the world, explore the Google campus, and get the latest info about Google Maps. Look out for details early next year.

Users can earn points by using the feature in Google Maps to do things like leaving a review, answering questions, uploading photos, and submitting fixes.

The expansion also includes an update that makes it easier for contributors to view and track local guides they’ve submitted.

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