Google offers perks and free cloud storage to Local Guides

Google offers perks and free cloud storage to Local Guides

Tech giant Google has revealed in a recent blog post that it is rolling out an incentive program, in an effort to expand its ‘Local Guides’ feature in Google Maps.

Under the incentive program, ‘Local Guides’ – that is, people who write reviews for locations on Google Maps – will be offered perks, like early access to new products, as well as free 1 terabyte (1 TB) storage on the company’s Google Drive cloud.

Local Guides can contribute to the enhancement of Google Maps by writing reviews about local businesses and by uploading images. In addition, they can also add new locations, modify outdated information, and answer survey questions.

Each of the contributions made by Local Guides is worth 1 point; and they can earn a total of up to 5 points per location. Reviewers who earn 5 points move to level two, which offers them early access to Google’s new products and features. When a reviewer earns 50 points, he/she is promoted to level three, which unfolds even more exclusive freebies.

Announcing the rollout of the incentive program for Local Guides, Google said that the Local Guides feature in Google Maps gives reviewers “the chance to share your discoveries directly to the map, making it more useful for everyone.”

Meanwhile, about Google’s move to rollout the incentive program for Local Guides, Time’s Ethan Wolff-Mann said: “This move is essentially Google trying to farm out the huge task of collecting information on thousands of local restaurants to the people.”

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