Become a Google local guide? This gives it
Perhaps you have never heard of it: the local guides from Google. It is one of the newest additions that Google has added to its unsurpassed Maps platform - and you undoubtedly know that. You can read about what a local guide is, how you can become it and what it can bring you, in this blog.
Share your knowledge as a Google local guide
What if every piece inside information freely available from anywhere on earth? That is, simply put, the starting point of Google's local guides system. Anyone with a Google account can become a Google local guide and share reviews and other information about places they know well.
There is only one condition for those places: they must exist as a location in Google Maps. As soon as this is the case, you can leave a review about the location – possibly supplemented with visual material such as photos or a video. Sun review so don't just write about restaurants, hotels or museums, but also about regular shops, your local mosque or the gym around the corner.
Opinions, but also facts
What distinguishes the local guides system from other review sites is that it is not merely an exchange of opinions and judgments. Google is equally interested in actual (trivial) information about locations in Google Maps. Sharing simple facts, which you can only know as an actual visitor, is therefore highly encouraged.
Think of questions like: is this store accessible for people in wheelchairs? Is the music in this cafe loud or soft? Is it fun to take children to this park? Google Maps should eventually become a true encyclopedia with all imaginable information about all public places in the world, by means of all the information that the Google local guides collect and share.
How do I become a local guide?
As mentioned, anyone with a Google account can become a local guide. For example, you start by giving a rating (one to five stars) about a location, or you write a review. If you have enabled the location data on your (Android) smartphone, you will also notice that Google regularly asks you to share information about places you have visited. Little by little you share your inside information about the places you visit or just know well.
What does it bring?
You are basically a local guide for the honour. Think of it like adding information to Wikipedia: you don't get paid for it, but you do it because you enjoy it and want to contribute to the information available online. To encourage you anyway, Google uses a badge system.
For every piece of information – a review, review, photo, video or answers to questions – if you share, you will receive one or more points. As you collect more points, you level up. You reach that first promotion after fifteen points, but the steps are getting bigger and bigger.
From the fourth level - then we write 250 points - you will receive a badge with your Google account. The whole world can see that you are a real Google local guide. The higher your level, the more extensive your badge. However beautiful that badge is: in the end you will become a local guide because you enjoy sharing your knowledge and giving your opinion.