Google Maps is introducing three new ways for users to add helpful content for others, including the option to share pictures without dropping a review. The aim is to make sharing and searching local recommendations with ease.
Google Maps Photo Updates
Google will soon roll out a new content type to Google Maps called photo updates. The new photo updates will enable users to share experiences with recent pictures without leaving a review. Photo update contains a photo of a place with a short text description.
To add a photo update select a place in the Google Maps and tap on the “Updates” tab, then click on the “Add a photo update” button.
From there select as many photos as you want to upload and add a short description. This is for the first time that the users can add photos of a place without writing a review.
Draw Roads On Google Maps
Google Maps users soon will be able to report on the changes in the road by drawing missing or new roads with a desktop editing tool. Tap on the side menu button and select “Edit the map” when a road is missing in the desktop version of Maps. Then choose “Missing Road” and start editing by drawing lines. This new road editing tool will let users to changes the name of the roads, change road directionality, and fix or delete incorrect roads. You can watch a short demo of the road editor in the video below by Google.
Google Maps Community Challenge
Google is testing a new community challenge feature that will encourage Maps users to add more photos, reviews, and updates. This new Community Challenge is live on Android in the US for the next month. The users can join the challenge via the Contribute tab and then choosing the option to “Join the Local Love challenge.”
Every contribution will add to the collective goal of updating 100,000 businesses in one month. The response from this challenge will assist with forming campaigns in more countries in the future.