1. Teejai80's Avatar
    Google recently pushed a fairly important update to google maps, an update that I for one hope will actually start to make it reliable. You see outside of the google mother country........ wait that's Ireland according to Australian tax records.....but I digress. Anyway here in Australia google maps is broken, very, very broken. I know this because I use it and generally depend on it. Depending on it to the point that I have now been late to two weddings (sorry cous, how was I to know you were on the other side of the mountain) and numerous work appointments. The problem over here is that lots of businesses are just not in the database and if they are their location is usually completely wrong, not just on the other side of the road wrong, blocks and suburbs wrong. In the case of the two weddings, one had me driving to a dead end inside a private farm, 45min from the actual site and the other was at the completely wrong end of an esplanade. This was in an urban environment as well, move away from a major city and you can pretty much give up.

    Googles answer...... make the user work and I couldn't be happier. Enter Local guides. https://www.google.com/local/guides/home
    Google now rewards you to fix their maps. They give you a reason, a goal and a purpose to update there information and still make it easy to change a location, add photo's and importantly add missing sites. The last is my mission, I live in regional Queensland, Australia and we are doing it hard with drought. Small country towns are relying on the tourist dollar to make money and survive and yet 80% of them are not even on google maps.

    Here is an example of a site a added today. https://www.google.com.au/maps/place...7f?hl=en&hl=en
    Capers cafe in Cooktown; probably the best food within 400km and yet no maps presence. It took me about 4min's to submit it to maps and for my efforts I get local guide points, plus the good feeling that hopefully I will help this business. This is my small way of helping this community survive and grow during the hard times.

    BTW it's not just all about helping others there are some cool rewards for local guides, reach level 4 and you may be given 1TB of drive storage! All you have to do is signup at https://www.google.com/local/guides/home and start updating from the maps app.

    Any other local guides out there?
    11-25-2015 08:15 AM
  2. jsarino's Avatar
    I am (Level 3). As you said, it's not just for rewards, but I want a more accurate Google Maps, and as much as we all use the app, we can all help make it even more accurate.
    Teejai80 likes this.
    11-25-2015 08:53 AM
  3. the tall guy's Avatar
    Nice read - and it's something I never knew existed. I too have had similar issues relaying on Google Maps only for it to direct me to the wrong area. I'll sign up the now. Level 4 here I come
    Teejai80 likes this.
    11-25-2015 09:22 AM
  4. belodion's Avatar
    It must be very satisfying to help map such a vast land, especially the remote interior areas.
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    11-25-2015 10:29 AM
  5. Teejai80's Avatar


    Present time! Who is going to be level 4 by then?
    11-26-2015 08:56 AM
  6. Teejai80's Avatar
    Got an email today about my present! Had to update my city location first.
    12-09-2015 05:23 AM
  7. Teejai80's Avatar
    https://www.google.com/local/guides/...n=gano0lktpuu1

    Competition for all the USA local guides
    jsarino likes this.
    12-10-2015 04:46 PM
  8. dndtom's Avatar
    Just got to level 4 yesterday. The free 1TB Drive storage upgrade sounds nice. Except for the contribution page acknowledging my level 4 status, there's nothing there about how to redeem the upgrade.

    Anybody know where I need to look?

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    12-15-2015 06:47 AM
  9. Teejai80's Avatar
    Just got to level 4 yesterday. The free 1TB Drive storage upgrade sounds nice. Except for the contribution page acknowledging my level 4 status, there's nothing there about how to redeem the upgrade.

    Anybody know where I need to look?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    They will email you in a week or two, it can take 14 days.
    12-22-2015 02:52 PM
  10. Teejai80's Avatar
    Woohoo

    12-22-2015 02:52 PM
  11. Teejai80's Avatar
    How is everyone going with local guides? I am still loving it and adding/ editing lots of sites. Hit level 5 and really should setup a local community.
    05-15-2016 02:47 AM
  12. jsarino's Avatar
    I'm nowhere near Level 5, but I did get an OK the other day to setup a local community.
    05-16-2016 02:08 PM

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