Google Expands Google Maps Maps Local Guides

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Google announced that it is expanding its Local Guides program for Google Maps. The program lets people sign up and then contribute to Google Maps wherever they go to earn early access to new products, exclusive contests and events, bonus Drive storage and other prizes.

Participants can earn points by writing reviews, uploading photos, adding new places, fixing outdated info, and answering questions. Every contribution is worth a point, and Google gives you the ability to earn up to five points per place.

"Picking the right place to go can be tough—whether you’re looking for a night out with friends, a quiet weekend away with family, or just a neighborhood coffee shop," says Google's Mara Chomsky. "To help make these decisions easier, we’re expanding the Local Guides program in Google Maps, which gives you the chance to share your discoveries directly to the map, making it more useful for everyone."

"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," Chomsky says.

There's a new Contributions tab in the latest Google Maps update on iOS and Android. There, you can see your points, level and to-do list if you've signed up for the program.

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