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14 helpful tips for using Connect

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What-makes-a-good-post.gifCaption: A GIF that shows an illustration of Connect on a browser with a blue ribbon over it.

 

Welcome to the only official online community forum for Local Guides: Connect. Connect is a place for members of the Local Guides program around the world to share their experiences and to connect with other Local Guides in a single place. On Connect, Googlers participate (meet them here!), but chances are fellow Local Guides like our Connect Moderators or other Local Guides are likely to be able to answer any questions you may have.

 

Below are a few tips to keep in mind for participating on Connect.

  1. Be a good citizen. Connect is a global community, so keep these 5 core values in mind at all times.
  2. Search the community. Searching on Connect before posting will reveal a lot of interesting information. Plus, you may just find the answer to a question you have.
  3. Write a clear and attention-grabbing title. The title is the first thing people will read about your post. Be specific and descriptive so that others will want to click and learn more.
  4. Make it relevant. Be sure that what you are posting is relevant to Local Guides and the topic in which you're posting.
  5. Tell us about it. Add a description to your post telling us what makes it relevant and interesting. Adding context to your experiences make them more real and exciting.
  6. Use your preferred language. Connect is available in 33 different languages. Be sure to change your language preference if you’re not seeing Connect in the language you’d like—and remember, we’ve enabled Google Translate on each page so you can always read each other’s posts in your preferred language.
  7. Share the Google Maps link. Sharing a photo of a beautiful city or talking about a specific restaurant? Add the location of the place on Google Maps to the post and/or link to it in the body of the post. For example, every Harry Potter fan visiting London should stop by Platform 9 3/4!
  8. Add a location. If you’re talking about a specific place in your post, add the location to the post to make it easier for others to find. For example, if you’re sharing travel advice for a trip to NYC, tag “New York, New York, USA.”
  9. Add a photo. Did you know that posts with photos are 100% more interesting than posts without photos? Be sure to only share photos you've taken yourself or have permission from the photographer to use. If your photo contains other people, be sure they're cool with it, too.
  10. Don't just add a photo. Tell us about the photo. Where did you take it? Why are you sharing it?
  11. Don't use any Google logos—including the Local Guides one. Those are reserved for official use only.
  12. Don't promote or share personal information. Per the Local Guides program guidelines, promotional posts of any kind are prohibited. Links to your blogs are ok from time to time, but if you are really passionate about a place you discovered or visited, consider sharing your review in the community. Never ever share your email address or phone number on a post as posts are public.
  13. Give likes. Let the author of a post know that you appreciated their post by giving them a like. Go ahead and try it right now with this post! ;)
  14. Be social. Connect with the team and fellow Local Guides on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube using #LocalGuides.

 

After you’ve taken Connect for a spin, don’t be shy about telling us what you’d like to see on Connect, in the Local Guides program, or on Google Maps by sharing a suggestion on the Idea Exchange. Just be sure to search first, as great minds think alike.

89 Comments

You are funny @TraciC, 13 :)

Level 8

Thanks for your tips great!!!

Level 8

Thanks for your tips

Level 8

Such an informative post, @TraciC. Great tips and information about Connect and I believe it will be much helpful especially to new comers. Thanks for this post. :)

Level 10

Thank you so much @TraciC for such a a great and informative post.

The tips you shared will be helpful for thousands of connect community members.

 

Shukriya 🙏

Level 10

 Namskar..

@TraciC

 

Great tips and information about Connect, I also believe it will be much helpful especially to newcomers..

Thanks for Sharing..

 

Regards From Mumbai..

Level 7

@TraciC,

  •  This is very important and informative for us and also for new comers. It brings more aware for every person.

Большое благодарю.Очень полезная информация.Хорошо было бы и в дальнейшем получать инструкции правильных действий в сообществе.

Я хочу спросить-термин-бонус какое имеет значение? Это поощрение или степень роста,какая существует градации?Мне нравится фотографировать и процесс занимает все больше времени-предполагается ли на каком-то этапе монетизации?😊Удачи Вам!

Level 10

Brilliant writing Traci 👍😃

Level 9

Thank you so much @TraciC

There is various tips and helpful for all #Local_guides☺️🤗😊

Level 10

@TraciC Very useful tips

Level 10

It is an excellent summary @TraciC

Would you like to add a link to make it easier to find on the top page of Connect?

Level 10

 Hi, @TraciC

Thanks you so.much for detail information and helpful tips for local guide connect recently I faced these issue of my post being irrelevant and not from my own sources even these photos were from my colleague and they were happy to share with me nothing wrong to share but I kept in my mind to share only my own. 

This post is really helpful to do according to rule of local guide and nakima post more intwrintere for others.

Thank you very much. @TraciC

Bookmarked this post.

Connect Moderator

Very useful post for all. Thanks for sharing this. 

Level 10

Very useful tips. Thanks for sharing @TraciC

Level 8

@TraciC I appreciate your post! (by giving a like :p) Kidding. Nice post to educate LGs about Connect.

Level 5

Not sure if this is the right channel, here my level is 1, but from my normal google map site, my level is 5 as a local guide. May I know why? Is there a way to sync the level? @GeorgesHR, @KlaudiyaG (tagging the moderator as suggested by fellow guides)

Level 8

Hello @TraciC

 

Thank you very  much for such a a great and informative post :)

@martin_monsi , This might be due to some technical / Sync glitches. Wait for some time ! 

if not resolved, Tag any google moderators or connect moderators  by creating a post in "How Tos " page with a query. 

@TraciC , Thanks for sharing ! 

yes, even i am also dormant on connect, it reminded me that i should be actively contributing to it by doing such things you mentioned.

Level 7

Thanks for your tips

Level 8

Thanks @TraciC for your great tips.

Have one question, for #11, that includes posting photos with Local Guides flag or stickers included? Which can be captured during our meet-ups?

Thanks so much !

Level 8

Hi @TraciC,

 

Thanks for this post. It is really helpful to all buddying connect writers.👍

Level 10

Cảm ơn @TraciC đã hướng dẫn

Level 10

Gran post! Revelador.

Level 10

Thanks dear @TraciC for this very helpful instruction.  Very interesting to know about preferred language selection for connect post.  

Level 8

Thank you @TraciC for you useful tips.

I think more and more local guides must read your post,because your tips are very informative for new local guide.

 

 

Thanks for sharing!!

@TraciC Nice to know about number 7, I thought I was not allowed to advertise a place, so I thought was not a good idea share the address when was a restaurant.

Level 8

@TraciC Thanks for this update about Connect. Hope our fellows will get here many answer for primary starting.

Happy Guiding! 

 

Level 1

Thank you so.much. i really appreciate giving me tips and guidelines so my.post will be more effective to others usi g local guide. Looking forward for more trips and post here.😊

Nice tips!

Thank you for sharing:-)

Level 9

Hello @TraciC, Thanks for sharing these helpful tips with us.

Level 8

Thanks 🙏 from sharing @TraciC!

Level 8

@TraciC Great Post. too much helpful.

Level 8

Helpful post for everyone. Thank @TraciC

Level 8

Thanks for sharing @TraciC.

Level 8

Thank You Very Much from your Useful Tips @TraciC

Level 6

thank you for your input.

Level 8

Thanks @TraciC

For sharing the useful tips with us.

Level 7

Thanks. Ali. Beautiful information 🌹🌷🌷🌷

Level 8

Nice tips @TraciC thank you for sharing with us...

Nicely described

Level 10

Hi @TraciC thank you for sharing useful tips and informative post. 

Level 6

Thanks for the great tips!

Level 10

@TraciC Nice to see your post again after quite long time. And as always, they are nice tips. 

Level 8

@TraciC

Yes noted . we will take care of the guideline. thanks for sharing 

Regards @Tejal

Level 10

Hi @TraciC,

This link is not proper: 

Those are reserved for official use only. (11)

 

Regards,

Jacek