Every month, more than a billion people use Google Maps, and they’re not just looking for directions. Worldwide, people are searching for things to do: ideas for the perfect date night, an amazing local coffee joint, or their next adventure.
Across 24,000 cities and towns, we now have an active community of 120 million Local Guides on Google Maps who are passionate about sharing their experiences by contributing reviews, photos, lists and more. If you’re in Bangalore, Melvin John is a Local Guide whose reviews and recommendations will guide you through the city’s microbrewery scene. And if you’ve used Google Maps in Tokyo, Ayaka Ohkawa’s popular photography has probably helped you explore the city’s landmarks, cuisine and culture.
This week, at our annual Local Guides summit, Connect Live, we welcomed 200 of our most engaged Local Guides to celebrate their important contributions, share what’s new in Google Maps and give them an opportunity to provide feedback directly to our teams.
Bringing Local Guide recommendations straight to you
One of the things we shared at Connect Live this week was that we’ll soon be piloting a new feature in Google Maps that will help people discover new places with help from top Local Guides.
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.
If you live in one of the nine test cities, keep an eye on the For You tab of Google Maps, you just might discover something new with help from a local.