Google Maps is increasingly on its way to becoming a social network, and map app users can now interact with each other even more.
“Know Who Knows: Get Community Updates on Maps,” is the Google headline on his own blog and announces new features for Google Maps. The maps app is getting new community features these days and thus it is becoming more of a social network as users can interact more and more with each other. The background to the innovation is that Google wants to offer users the opportunity to benefit from other active users.
“If a Google Maps user has shared photos, ratings, or lists publicly, they can now follow them and get their recommendations, tips, and updates on the Updates tab of Google Maps. So the next time you find someone to share useful take-out photos with, handy lists of the most spacious parks in your city, or inspiring photos of local shops and services, you can keep up with all the recommendations. ”
Some time ago, Google had integrated a chat function in Maps, but mainly for communication between companies and users.
Topic filters for special interests
In order to further tailor Google Maps to your own needs, Google is introducing new topic filters. All with the focus on better recommendations that users can give indirectly. Your topic filters appear on your profile if it is publicly available.
“There are also new topic filters in Google Maps profiles so you can see the topics and places that most people share about, like: B. Pizza, brunch, camping and parks. It doesn’t matter if you’re a coffee enthusiast documenting every last latte or a local expert reviewing everything about Perth or Phoenix. You can follow other Google Maps users with public profiles to get helpful recommendations on places in your area. “
Google Maps: profile settings
Google has improved the configuration of user profiles. You can find it behind your profile photo> My profile> Three-dot menu> Profile settings. But only in this way if you have the new Google Maps, in which the profile page has been fundamentally revised. Here you can set how public your profile is, as of course not everyone wants that.
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