I often read (virtually a similar post every day) of people who thinks that participating inGoogleLocal Guidesguarantees an economic compensation, or prizes or let us automatically become Google employees!
As often mentioned in this forum by moderators, anyone who participates inGoogleLocal Guidesdoes not automatically become aGoogleInc. employee! Here we are all volunteers, and we willnever become employeesofGoogleInc.
Therefore, we will never officially wear T-shirts or other clothing that would identifyGoogleas our employer, nor even show (with an ad hoc id card for example withGooglelogos) or say that we work forGoogleduring our photo tours. It has been repeatedly stated that our service is purely voluntary and that we can not expect any economic contribution, if not small bonuses in services thatGoogle's full discretion can give to those who have decided to participate.
Many of us then think and say:" but who does it?"Googletakes a huge advantage: we update maps around the world practically free! And what comes to us in the pocket if not the ephemeral glory of getting higher and higher with a score that ultimately leads to no tangible result?
Well...participating in Google Local Guides it's not a job, it's not a prize competition, not a contest for the one who contributes more. You become part of a community, you help each other by suggesting places to visit or discover. New people are also known from every corner of this world. You can help people here in the forum for any need and you can find someone that cares about your questions.
This isGoogle Local Guides's spirit with this program: to be part of a community with common interests, where the prize is nothing but the pleasure of sharing and learning.
If your interest is to earn money or earn more points so you have the right to a prize ... .... then here on the web there are other methods to achieve such results.
This post just wants to highlight once again - for newcomers and not - just the purpose of this program : a community that makes you rich...gives you endless wealth!