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friday31 Jul 2020

Google Turns On Follow Feature for All Local Guides on Google Maps

https://www.blog.google

Last year Google announced a Google Maps pilot feature that allowed people to follow select Local Guides, now they are expanding this feature and beginning to roll it out globally. If a Google Maps user has shared photos, reviews or lists publicly, you can now follow them and get their recommendations, advice and updates delivered to your Updates tab in Google Maps.

There will also be new topic filters on Google Maps profiles, so you can see the topics and places people share about the most, like pizza, brunch, camping and parks.

User will have the option to show (or not show) their reviews, photos and posts on their public Maps profile. To become followable in Google Maps, an eligible user can go to their profile and follow a simple process. And users who are followable on Google Maps can make their profile restricted. With a restricted profile, you approve new followers before they can see contributions on your profile.

People in Bangkok, Delhi, London, Mexico City, New York, Osaka, San Francisco, São Paulo and Tokyo will soon see top Local Guides featured in the For You tab of the Google Maps app. When you follow one of these Local Guides, their recommendations will be surfaced to you in Google Maps, so you can get inspired with ideas of things to do and places to go.

Here is a link to my level 6 profile, I did get an option to add a bio on mobile but the follow button was not available.  I am assuming this is slow rollout.

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tl;drMarketing is now my only go-to place to get a snapshot of top industry news. No BS, and most importantly it saves me 10-20 hours a week and cuts through the noise.

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