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How do I follow the original content guidelines on Connect?

Google Moderator

Original Content Guidelines.jpgCaption: A graphic that shows a woman working on her laptop at a table with books, a coffee cup, and a camera on it. There is a lightbulb shining above her head to show she’s just had a great idea.

Connect is a place for Local Guides like you to share your experiences exploring the world, tasting new dishes, and more. However, the words and photos you share on Connect should be your own. Originality is one of our five core values, and we take copyright seriously.

 

Here’s a guide to posting on Connect:

 

  • Write original content. Share your own thoughts, impressions, insights, and experiences. 

  • Do not pass off someone else’s words as your own. If you are sharing words someone else has written, use quotation marks around the statement and link to the source where you found that information.

    It should be clear which words are yours and which are someone else’s.

    Example:
    I’m planning to visit the Grand Canyon in March and am looking for tips on how to make the most of my trip. According to Outside Magazine, “with 358 miles of established trails, 277 miles of river to float, and countless panoramas, historic sites, and overlooks to explore, it’s hard to know where to start.” Do you have any advice?

 

  • If you do not use a direct quote, tell us in your own words what you read somewhere else. Do not copy and paste it without using quotes or attribution. Include a link to the source.
  • Only share photos you have taken yourself or received permission to use directly from the copyright owner. Do not download and post photos from Google Search, Google Maps, social media, stock photo websites, or elsewhere on the internet without receiving permission from the owner of that photo.
  • Make use of our photo library to illustrate your post if you don’t have your own images. All photos there are approved, rights-cleared, and licensed by Google for use within Local Guides Connect only.
  • Give credit in the caption for images you have permission to use. In the photo caption, write, “(Courtesy of ‘Copyright Holder’s Name’).”

    Example:
    “Caption: A photo of the New York City skyline. (Courtesy of Local Guide @AriMar)”

 

Posts with images or content used without the copyright holder’s permission will be removed from Connect.

34 Comments
Level 7

Hello @DeniGu

 

Thanks For Sharing :)

Level 8

Yes genuinty is most important @DeniGu nice post useful tips for all, thank you for sharing with us....

Connect Moderator

Thank you @DeniGu for this important post, that is clarifying and highlighting the importance of Copyright, in our Community like in Google Maps

Connect Moderator

@DeniGu Thanks for sharing this. This is a very important post and guide for the community.

Level 7

Thank You for sharing important information with us @DeniGu

Level 10

Thanks dear @DeniGu for this very important Guildlines. 

 

Plagiarism is a offense in Journalism and many do it unknowingly.  

 

Thanks for making it clear.  

 

Level 7

Thank you for the information.

Level 6
Thanks For Sharing :)
Level 10

Namskar..

@DeniGu

 

Very informative to All Lg's..

We Follow rules but somewhere need to Know about perfect Guidance..

So Thank you for Sharing this post..

 

Regards From Mumbai..

Level 7

Hi @DeniGu it is really very important and very helpful post in connect for all local guides. Thank you for  your effort and for guiding us.

Level 8

Thanks for reminding :) :)

Level 8

Hi @DeniGu

How & where I can share my graphic designs.

Level 8

Hi @DeniGu.

Thanks for this much useful and needed information to all of us in Connect. This will calrify many things on how to use Connect and will be extremely helpful mostly to new comers. Thanks again. :-) 

Level 9

Thanks for sharing this important useful tips with us! @DeniGu

Level 9

Thank you @DeniGu

Level 10

Hi @DeniGu

Thank you for your post. It 's very important to keep copyrights here on Connect but also on Google Maps. I've found some LGs that writing "their" reviews by copy-paste content from other websites or even Wikipedia without quotation, without writing original author name and without any permissions and without keeping proper copyrights. How to report such reviews? There is no such an option under "flagging" feature. Don't you think that it should be necessary to add such an option to that tool?

 

Regards,

Jacek

Level 8

@DeniGu Thanks for clarifying this issue! Hope many of us get benefits from this help post.

Happy Guiding!

Whenever i visit LocalGuidesConnect, i learn something new. It is because of my beloved fellow guides, Moderators and Googlers. It is my pleasure to be here and learn new subject and correct myself if i had learned wrong in the past.

My cordial thanks to you @DeniGu, for your valuable informations. Definitely, I will  try to follow them moro precisely.

Hello @JacekNK,

I appreciate your idea. It is a good point indeed. Why don't you post it on the "Idea Exchange" section?

Thank you for sharing your thought.

Level 10

@DeniGu, Thanks a lot for an important post which will be much helpful to the local guides like me, because with lac of knowledge. Hope, me and other LGs will be more and more benifitted and careful to write and posting through connect.

Level 9

Thank you @DeniGu it is really very important things for google map 

 

Thanks For Sharing with us 

Google Moderator

Hi @JacekNK,

 

That's a very good point! Would you mind submitting your idea in the Idea Exchange section, as suggested by @ShahnewazAhmed? :)

Google Moderator

Hi @juna999,

 

You can share your own images and graphs either by adding a hyperlink, or by clicking on the "Photos" button and uploading images from your computer or via URL.

 

Just make sure to add content that's on topic and relevant to Connect!

 

You can also check out these guidelines for uploading photos.

Level 9

Thanks @DeniGu !

Useful post to bookmark!

 

Bye,

David

Level 10

This is very important post @DeniGu thank you for sharing with us.

Level 10

@DeniGu Thanks for guidelines It is very useful.

Level 6

Thanks For Sharing :)

Spoiler
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yeah, thank for you sharing. i agree with you. About plagiasm. it will be great when every people have their own photo to upload in local guide connect or anather. 

Level 5

Thanks a lot

Level 7

Thank you @DeniGu for sharing this is important information.

Very helpful!

 

Level 8

I am following this, its pretty cool...........and easy as well.

Level 8

Merci @DeniGu pour ce message.  Effectivement il est important de suivre les droits d'auteur et d'écrire nos propres commentaires au lieu de copier les idées des autres.   

Hi @DeniGu

Thanks for sharing very useful post with us. 

Myself also learn a few things like how to use someone else comments for the local guide connect. 

Thanks again.

#LetsGuide

Level 10

That is exactly right @DeniGu
Citation is stipulated by international copyright law. By citing on the other hand, it becomes a weapon that can raise the basis of your opinion😃