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 would be freely available over any place 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 he knows well.
There is only one condition for those places: they must exist as a location in Google Maps. Once this is the case, you can leave a review about the location - possibly supplemented with images such as photos or a video. Sun review write not only 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 opinions and opinions are not merely exchanged. It is equally important for Google to provide actual (trivial) information about locations in Google Maps. Sharing simple facts, which you can only know as an actual visitor, is therefore highly encouraged.
Consider questions such as: is this store accessible to people in a wheelchair? Is the music in this cafe loud or soft? Is it nice to take children to this park? Google Maps must, through all the information that the Google local guides collect and share, eventually become a true encyclopedia with every conceivable information about all public places in the world.
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. Bit by bit you share your inside information about the places you visit or just know well.
What does it deliver?
In principle, you are a local guide for the honor. Think of it as adding information on Wikipedia: you don't get paid for it, but you do it because you like it and want to contribute to the information available online. To encourage you, Google uses a badge system.
For every piece of information - a review, review, photo, video or answers to questions - that you share, you receive one or more points. As you collect more points, you rise in levels. You reach that first promotion after fifteen points, but the steps are getting bigger.
From the fourth level - 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 become a local guide because you enjoy sharing your knowledge and giving your opinion.