Google Maps Now Allows You To Follow Other Users
It may be difficult for Google to build an independent social networking site on Facebook or Twitter. However, this does not stop the tech giant from offering social features in its existing applications and services. Almost a year ago, Google announced its plans to enable Google MapsÂ users to â€œfollowâ€ their favorite â€œlocal guidesâ€. This feature is active on the app. Now, the company is now expanding the feature to allow all users to follow each other.
Google believes that this feature will make the app easier to use. It will make it easier to â€œdiscover community-supported updates and suggestions provided by Googleâ€. According to the company, Google Maps users can now â€œfollowâ€ any other users who publicly share photos, comments, or lists. In this case, you can now â€œfollow them and pass their suggestions, and updates to the â€œUpdatesâ€ tab of Google Maps.â€
Just like other social media platforms, the profile of users will now have a â€œFollowâ€ button. There will be a display image as well as a bio just like we have on Instagram. Further following Instagramâ€™s steps, it will also show the number of followers users have as well as the number of users they are following.
Furthermore, a new topic filter will also be available on the Google Maps profile. This will allow users to view topics and suggestions that people share the most. Some of these places may include restaurants, campgrounds, parks, etc.. The company said: â€œWhether you are a coffee lover who recorded the last cup of latte or a hometown expert reviewing everything in Perth or Phoenix, you can follow other Google Maps users through your public profile to get information about places around youâ€¦â€
Please note that users will be able to control whether their posts on Google Maps are public.Â Users must also explicitly grant permission to â€œfollowâ€ on Google Maps.Â Even people who want social features can set their profile to â€œrestrictedâ€. Google says that if your profile is restricted, you need to approve new followers before they can see the content in your profile.Â Presently, Google is gradually promoting this feature.
This is a new feature and it has to do with where you have been. Smart users could use this information to deduce where you are at the moment. Thus you can be sure that users will carefully select who they allow to follow them.