Google Maps has become more than the app you go to when you’re lost. Google developed it to become an app for discovering new local restaurants, getting in touch with businesses, trying new things and places in the neighborhood, and now, apparently, it’s becoming a kind of social network as well. Previously you could already follow some Local Guides on the app, but now they’re expanding it so you can follow more personal profiles or users.
Now, if you’ve ever shared a photo, review, or list on the Map app, you’ll now have a profile page and people can follow you. When people follow you, they will be able to receive your messages, recommendations and other things that you could share on the app regarding restaurants, shops, tourist attractions and basically anything you post on the app. If they visit your profile, they can see all of the photos you’ve uploaded, how many people are following and you are following, etc.
Of course, if you’d rather keep it all private and just to yourself, you can restrict your profile. It means you approve of those who want to follow you. You have the option to display your photos, reviews, and posts in your public profile, or simply create them for your own recording or viewing. However, Google wants to make Maps a community and that’s why it encourages Local Guides and other users to have profiles that people can follow.
You now also have more topic filters on profiles so people can see the things you post to the most. If you post to cafe, museums, brunch spots, or architectural wonders, people will see it when they see your profile so they will also know whether or not to follow you. You are also encouraged to post something interesting in your profile description to “attract” subscribers, just like you would on a social network.
Google Maps is make public profiles available worldwide. They’ve had good traction with Local Guides, so let’s see if this is something that would click with other Maps users.
Source: Android Community