Caption: A GIF that shows “2018” flipping into “2019” surrounded by party supplies. The “0” transforms into the Local Guides logo and says “Happy New Year!” underneath.As 2019 is in full swing, I thought it might be fun to reflect on the fantastic 2018 we had together as Local Guides. We were pleased to relaunch Connect in 37 languages, with a ton of updates based on your feedback, and introduce a new Director badge on Google Maps to celebrate Local Guides who love to capture videos of their favorite places. We also hosted 151 top Local Guides from 59 countries (a record for our flagship event!) at the Googleplex in Mountain View as part of Connect Live. And, to top it off, we wanted to share even more of your great contributions so we launched an Instagram channel, @googlelocalguides, which already has nearly 200K followers!
As a community, we saw the following in 2018 alone:
350,000 Local Guides joined us on Connect
Nearly 800,000 of you wrote over 100,000 posts and posted 283,000 replies on other Local Guides’ posts
You acknowledged great posts by giving out over 1 million likes
You submitted over 3,200 ideas on the Idea Exchange and shared over 181,000 votes on others’ ideas
You hosted nearly 12,000 meet-ups with over 33,300 registered attendees
What are you most proud of sharing as a Local Guide in 2018?
New to Connect? Tell us what you’re most looking forward to doing on Connect this year.