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Exclusive: New Contributions tab for Local Guides

Googler

UPDATE: We are now expanding this feature to all Local Guides on Android devices.

 

Check out your new contributions tab

We know you love to make the map better — and now you'll always know what to do next. Level 4+ Local Guides with Android devices now have access to the beta version of our new missions feature, which shows you where and how to make the biggest impact. You’ll see two new cards on the Contribute tab:

 

  • Uncover missing info: Find places nearby that need information most, like hours, website, or photos — and the best ways to snag more points.
  • Check the facts: Verify information that other people suggested about places nearby to make sure we always show the right stuff. 

 

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Venture outside or research online to complete your “missions.” Either way, you’ll know where your help is needed most. And yes, you earn points just as you would normally. We can't wait to hear what you think. Happy exploring!

 

Not seeing the new feature?

  • This Beta is only available for Android users.
  • This Beta is currently only available for Local Guides Level 4 and 5
  • You need the latest version of Google Maps installed on your mobile device 
  • You may need to restart the Maps app
  • EDIT: This feature is still rolling out to Local Guides

 

304 Comments
Level 7

I am very excited, will this be on maps.google.com or just android beta?

Level 8

that's great! !!!

 

 

I'm using since I seen, I didn't know that I can add some points.

 

I will use more frequently to find something and help to the app.

Level 5

Thanks, that looks like a very cool addition.   BUT:  

I got a little problem with it: you say:   "You need the latest version of Google Maps installed on your mobile device (9.36)"

It seems that the latest public released version of Google Maps (as of Sept, 6th, 2016)  is 9.33.1   not 9.36.
On the beta channel, if you signed up, there is a 9.36.2, but again, this is a beta quality / testing version.

For many of us, Google is NOT updating fast enough the versions of our software.  I clearly understand that they release apps in batches as to not create a mess i case something fails, that is clearly the smart way.  But then,  on the other side,  the New "Contributions tab for Local Guides" should be made available  for the most commonly installed version of the Google Maps apps, which seems to be 9.33.1, not 9.36.   

So, many, as me,  are no able to enjoy this great treat the "New Contributions tab for Local Guides" because of Maps versions issues.

Any comments on this are more than welcome and, hopefully  Google notices and makes something to fix this issue...after all, the Local Guides communties are not that big in regards to the total active Android devices.

 

Thanks for your interest and time.

Googler

@FelipeB I just confirmed this feature is still rolling out to Local Guides. Those who are part of Beta version of Maps get access to it quicker, but it will be available to you very soon :) Apologies for the delays. 

Googler

@MobileR Currently this beta feature is only available on Android devices.

 

@PabloS Glad you are enjoying it already! Yes, you earn points for making an edit through this interface just as if you had made the edit through maps directly. 

Level 7

That is cool by me @CorrieD

Level 5

Do our edits need to be peer approved in order to recieve points for them?  It seems that they are slow to update.

I tried it and I love it.

Connect Moderator

@MatthewF,

 

I see this as a new UI to make edits - focused on missing data of existing Places.  

 

The edits should be subjected to the same review process.

 

At the same time, I hope Maps will slowly give more weight to peer reviews by "Check the Facts", it should speed up the review process further.

Googler

@MatthewF Yes, just as normal, only approved and published edits receive points. They don't have to be peer-reviewed neccessarily though. We have a number of different review systems in place for edits. The delay in publishing is a known issue. The speed at which an edit is published depends on many factors and we are working on improving it. 

Level 6

This is fantastic! Can't wait to get started, thanks for this - really awesome feature !

Level 8

@CorrieD

 

Cool new features. Still trying how to use them.

Level 9

Cool new features and easy to get into work :)

Level 7

Much easier to contribute now, great

Connect Moderator

[Feedback]

 

When search for more, one "plus" will be listed per Place.

 

However, "plus" of multiple places can stack together, making it to select a particular Business to edit very difficult.

 

Even worse, when click "Next Place", it will not cycle through Businesses of the same "stack" first.  Thus it will jump around and make it very hard to make sure all places are being browsed already.

Level 7

Hello @CorrieD

 

I tried this yesterday and it looks nice. There is no increament in points for my contribution on " Uncover missing info " and " Check the facts

I love these new features!
I use them since they appeared few days ago.
I think that's a great and quick way to enrich places' datas and improve reliability of searches.

I especially like the fact that I can filter places based on missing information. I find this convinient as it helps me focus on the information I can contribute. I can filter places based on those missing website addresses and open my browser for a bit of research. Or I can filter based on photos and take a stroll around my neighborhood or further.

 

I hope that for those of us obsessesed with being Local Guides there will someday be a feature wherein we get notifications when we are close by places that are missing key information. It would be great to get notification that I am next to a place missing a photo for instance and just take out my phone and take a shot. 

Level 4

Nice!

Level 5

Justo al levantarme descubri esta nueva caracteristicas que me parece maravillosa.

Level 5

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Level 4

আমি খুবই আনন্দিত হলাম ৷ ধন্যবাদ ৷

ErM Level 5
Level 5

WOW !

Thats good news for all Users.

Level 4

A nice feature, many will love it.

Level 4

pretty cool Tools, thanks for information and greets from Hamburg, germany

Sincerely

Dierck Ziegler

Level 9

Why does it circle back around when I have already asked to skip a place?

Level 4

WoW Love It 😎

Level 5


"This Beta is only available for Android users."

 

Cool... A new functionnality for Android, again...   :/

And Mac & iOS users????

Level 7

New feature request:

 

Offline mode.

How it should work?

After adding missing information, all pending changes are written locally (especially photos). When user click button "send all changes" all are upload to server.

Great option for people with slow data transmission or with a limits.

 

When application is uploading photo, user can't add another change until uploading ends. Application should upload photo in background and doesn't block other user actions.

Level 5

thanks

Level 5

amei

Level 6

Meskipun ini masih terhitung fitur baru dan percobaan, semoga bisa membantu pengguna memperbaiki kinerja dalam hal menjadi pemandu lokal yang lebih baik

Level 5

super merci. J'ADORE cette nouvelle fonction. 😀

Level 5

Dear @CorrieD I am a Local Guide level 4 and I have installed the last version of Google Map (ver 9.36.2) but I cannot see the two new cards on the contribution tab. Why? Thank you!

Level 5

Very realistic venture to find out the missing information!

 

Level 7

Nice feature, I really like it!

Level 7

Nice cool new way to earn points! Now you'll have me taking pics of random businesses! 

Why do not have windows phone? :(

Level 5

Listo, espero que Maps tambien se fije en Colombia para habilitar el Maps Maker 

Level 5

Excelente... 

Level 5
I really like these features. This way I guess it will take less time to accept changes/new entries. You could have an option "Improve the map" and add any missing info/photos or confirm information while walking/driving, like the "Start driving" option.
Level 5

Just checked my activities in Map Maker. And everything iv'e done in "check the facts" are marked as "looks good" in the review menu. Even if I haven't marked the edit as similar in "check the facts" 

Fix! 

 

Level 8

 

👏 Good idea !! New mission 

Level 4

Very cool. Now I just need to dump my iPhone and get the Pixel XL when you announce it in one month…

Level 4

So, all I'm seeing is more work to do around my local area lol 

Googler

@BalajiR Currently you get points for making edits (not moderating them). Points are awarded once an edit is approved and published so there is often a delay between points award and when you make the edit. 

 

@AlessandroC The feature may still be rolling out. Did you try restarting the app?

Googler

@RogerN Could you elaborate a bit on the issue?

كيف يتم اعتماد شارع او محل عن طريق واحد لم ياتي في حياته الى منطقتي ولا يعرف طبيعه الارض ولا مسمياتها وهم من مجتمع اخر وثقافه اخرى و في الغالب بتلفض بالفاض عنصريه 



Level 4

I seen in my My Map App. I have a few bug issue that since Google Map improving more realistic and accurate via Contribution. I ask that During My Level 4 Contribution, I edited Addresses many times also Hotel and Shop Owners told me to To edit in their Address because of its not show Real and Exact Address. Map Marker Shown in correct Location but Street Address not correct as they located in their Area. All of Those People told me to edit in Address. 

 

I am edited too but few pending and most of Rejected , but Rejected Location not have correct Street Address of Hotels and Shops etc.

 

I am Request to Moderator about this particular Concern please help me also Better Correct Street Address. 

 

 

I also have proof of Showing These locations Street Address but in Map they Located in different Street Address but Map Marker Correctly. 

@CorrieD

Level 5

@CorrieD Yes, I tried to restart the app but I cannot see the new function. Maybe is still rolling out...I will try tomorrow