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How do I use the Idea Exchange?

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The Idea Exchange is a place for Local Guides to share their ideas for Google Maps, Connect, perks, and more. You can find it on the left menu on Connect.


Before you submit an idea on the Idea Exchange, please review the guidelines below.


Search the community before submitting an idea. It’s possible that someone else has already submitted the same idea or asked the same question. If that’s the case, you can show your support by voting for that idea. If we find that your idea is a duplicate of an existing post, we will merge the two. Votes will be merged as well.
Be specific about your idea. To help others understand what you’re suggesting, be very clear and detailed about your idea. Also, please include only one unique feature request in each idea post. That way, other Local Guides will know exactly what they’re voting for. If you have several different ideas, create an individual post on the Idea Exchange for each of them. Posts on the Idea Exchange with more than one feature request will be closed.


Choose a category that’s most relevant to your idea. When posting in the Idea Exchange, you’ll need to select a category that best fits your idea.


Here are each of the categories you can select:

  • Connect. Use this category to share ideas specifically about the Local Guides forum.
  • Perks. What perks would you like to see? Use this category to tell us.
  • Local Guides. Do you want new levels or more points for certain contributions? Use this category to share ideas about the Local Guides program itself.
  • Meet-ups. Have an idea that can improve the experience of hosting a meet-up? Use this category.
  • Google Maps. This category is for all ideas that are a part of your Google Maps experience such as navigation, using the timeline, editing places, and more.
  • Other. Use this for ideas that don’t belong in any of the previous categories.

Vote on your favorite ideas. The top-voted ideas will be shared with our team. So, if you’re really passionate about something, show your support by voting and commenting on existing ideas. Please note: Our team will review top-voted ideas, but not all ideas will be implemented. 

Ready to submit an idea? Here’s how:


  • Click Idea Exchange on the left menu on Connect.
  • Click Share your idea.Screen Shot 2018-08-23 at 11.10.21 AM.pngCaption: A screenshot showing the “Share your idea” button on the Idea Exchange.
  • Select the appropriate category for your idea and give it a clear, informative name. Then, describe your idea with as much detail as possible. Please note: if you do not complete all three of these fields, you won’t be able to submit an idea.Screen Shot 2018-08-23 at 11.11.55 AM.pngCaption: A screenshot showing a new idea draft in the Idea Exchange.


  • Next, click Submit. Your idea will be visible to the rest of the community and will have a “Voting Open” status. Other Local Guides on Connect will now be able to comment and vote on your idea.


In the Idea Exchange, ideas can be in different statuses. Here’s how an idea moves through them.


Voting Open. Brand new ideas submitted by you and ready to be voted on. The top-voted ideas will be shared back to the team.

Needs Information. A submitted idea might need clarification or additional feedback to help us understand it. Ideas with this status will be open to the community for votes and comments to help us make a better decision.


In Progress. Our team has reviewed the idea and they’d like to make it a reality. Although we won’t be able to say when this will happen, we will update the idea when we can.


Implemented. The idea has been put into effect.

Revisit Later. The idea sounds interesting, but we cannot pursue it right now. It’s possible that we can take a look at it further down the road.


Closed. While we appreciate all of your suggestions, sometimes it’s not feasible for us to pursue them. Ideas that contain several feature request will be closed too.


Thank you for taking the time to submit your ideas! We look forward to reading them.



Level 9

Thanks @TraciC for this useful post :)

Level 10

Thank you for sharing Dear @TraciC

Best Regards

Level 10

Hi @TraciC 
Your post needs editing.
Many words are duplicate.

thank you @TraciC . it help a lot! 

Thank you very much.




from Toyo.

Level 9

Hello @TraciC

Very helpful information, thank you for sharing.

Level 10

This is very useful board. I like the system of processing the idea. 

Level 9

Good !!! Thanks @TraciC for this opportunity!!



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Thanks @TraciC for the useful update 

Level 10

Thank you!
I immediately submitted my opinion on the Google map.

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thank you

Level 8

Hello @TraciC great idea by Google thank you for sharing with us...

Hi. @TraciC

Thank you for useful information


I have also submitted one idea! : ) 

Level 8

Hi @TraciC, is it possible to sign up for the Idea Exchange board?

Level 10

Highly appreciated @TraciC that feedback will be given about the status. This can be very motivational! Unless none reach the level 'Implemented', of course - but that is highly unlikely, as I have already noticed that some of the suggestions I read about in the past have now made it into Connect 2.0

Level 9

An excellent and innovative idea! Thanks, @TraciC! I tried to access the area of LGC but unfortunately I am getting the following error:



Level 9

@GeorgesHR @NadyaPN @FelipePK

Hello Mods! Copying you in regard to my comment above about not being able to access the Idea Exchange. I know of another Guide having the same issue as well. 



Google Moderator

Hey @SP31,


I am sorry to see this message. Can you please let us know if its still applicable or it is now resolved?

Level 10

@GeorgesHR still happens for me too. it seems quite common. It's been like that ever since launch.

Google Moderator

Hey @JulienH and @SP31,


I will check this internally and get back to you.

Level 9

@GeorgesHR same as @JulienH - still happens for me.

Level 10

Hi @TraciC

Very informative positive approach it's an opportunity to everyone for sharing ideas what they have in their minds and once could be very hit that would make a big change 

Google Moderator

Hey @SP31 and @JulienH,


Just a quick update, this is going to take a little more time than originaly anticipated. 


I will update you once I have more info.

Level 10

Helpful post

Level 10

@GeorgesHR no problem, appreciate the update.

Level 8

Thanks @TraciC, I suggest to add a paragraph about "Email a friend" and "Advertise the idea among your contacts"

Google Moderator

Hi @TommasoV,


Are you suggesting an idea for Connect?


If so, you can head over to the Idea Exchange section. Popular ideas will be reviewed by Googlers and taken into consideration.

Level 8

Hi @DeniGu thanks for the advice, I certanely will do

Level 9

Thanks for the update, @GeorgesHR!


Hello @JulienH and @SP31, you should be able to access to the Idea Exchange now. Can you please try and let me knowif it works for you? Thank you!

Level 9

Hi @Atsukot! Still getting the same error :( 


Hi @SP31, can you please try the following?


1) Log-out and log-in to Connect, then go to Idea Exchange.


If you still can't access to it:  


2) Clear cookies/cache, then go to to Idea Exchange.

Level 10


No go.


This is what I did:

1. clear cookies

2. closed chrome

3. re-opened chrome

4. logged in to LGC

5. click on IdeasExchange from left menu bar  brings me here (this landing page has always been able to open.):


6. click on "share your ideas". Red error:



Can you please ask the to check if there are any specific permissions required for viewing of posts, create or edit of posts within ideasexchange? I mean this url itself loads ok, but I don't know where to go find the existing list of submitted ideas. All I see are the two screenshots above. 


Same error for


Thank you for sharing the details @JulienH. Let us check and I will get back to you soon. Thank you for your patience!


Hi @JulienH and @SP31, we checked on this issue. Can you please log-out and log-in to Connect, and try to access to the Idea Exchange again? Thank you!


Level 9

It works, @Atsukot! Thank you so much!

Level 10

@Atsukot works now. I can see the lists and create page. haha.




Awesome! Thank you so much  @JulienH and @SP31. Waiting for you to share your idea with us :)

I'd like to connect with another local guide but cannot figure out how to do it.  For example, I'm a novice guide in the USA but want to connect with [NAME REMOVED] (real name?) who is a guide in northern Europe.  I found him via a map search, which led me to churches in northern Denmark where I am researching my family's ancestry. Can you tell us the steps to connect directly with other Local Guides who appear in Map search?  Thanks!  David Jensen



Google Moderator

Hi @davidthetraveler,


You can't currently connect directly with another Local Guide through Google Maps. However, you can suggest this as an idea in the Idea Exchange. Popular ideas will be reviewed by Googlers and taken into consideration.


Please note that I've edited your message because we value everyone's privacy. Sharing yours or other people’s private information including Google Maps accounts is not encouraged.



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Thank you for useful information

yzn Level 8
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جيد ومفيدة .. حلو المشاركة

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Thanks for your information
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Thank you for sharing such an amazing post it's helpful.
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Great post @TraciC

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That's great @TraciC

awesome... good luck