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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.