Google has come up with a unique offer to make its Google Maps more information rich in terms of the local information that it offers. As part of this information addition to its maps, it is looking for signing up individuals who can review local businesses and provided their feedback which is then incorporated into the maps tool to provide tonnes of information for anyone who is searching for that place. As a enticement to sign up people the company is offering up to 1 TB of free Drive storage for people who it likes to call them as Local Guides.
All the reviews that are part of this program are rewarded with points and the allocation is dependent on how thorough the review is; if you add pictures in addition to your take, it’s worth more points. Those who add new locations or fix outdated information will also be able to earn points.
As per the post on Google Maps blog, “The more you contribute as a Local Guide, the more benefits you’ll enjoy. Here’s an overview of what you’ll unlock at each level:
- 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.”
Google is always looking to enrich its maps app with more and more data and local user curated content generates a lot of buzz and involvement which brings in more traction and usage. I have personally been using Google maps in all my travels and its a life saviour in helping you navigate in every new city you travel to. What other features would you expect to see integrated into a Maps app?