For months, we’ve been hard at work updating Connect to make it a more enjoyable and inclusive experience for everyone. Many of our updates are the result of direct feedback, including suggestions that Local Guides made at last year’s big event in California. So thank you! We’re so excited to finally share this redesign with you.
Caption: A photo of a phone displaying the Travel section on the redesigned Connect website surrounded by various pins, a passport, two polaroid photos, a plate of gummy fish, and other colorful props.
On the new Connect, we wanted to make it easier to discover posts you care about most. We’ve created site sections based on popular topics. Whether you’re a foodie or a photographer, you’ll find posts you’re interested in with just one click from the site menu.
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Local Guides come from all over the world and speak many different languages. To make Connect a more inclusive experience, the forum is now available in 33 languages. We’ve also updated our accessibility features so that Local Guides using screen readers can more easily participate on Connect. Now, even more Local Guides will be able to discover your amazing contributions and create their own.
While we’re incredibly proud of the Local Guides program, we also know there’s always room for improvement. That’s why we’ve launched the Idea Exchange, a way for you to share your feedback with us directly. Use the Idea Exchange to share your ideas for Google Maps, Connect, perks, and more. You can also vote on ideas from other Local Guides, ask them questions, and offer suggestions. Popular ideas will be reviewed by Googlers and taken into consideration.
We hope you love the new Connect as much as we do! In the comments, let us know what you think and which features you’re most excited about.