The Mountain View based search giant Google has updated its Local Guide program with a revamped reward points system and some extended levels. Before this update, the Local Guide allowed users an ascension up to the fifth level only. Now, there are ten levels that can be achieved by scoring points.
You earn points for rating some place, sharing reviews, photos, and knowledge on Google Maps. Each time you contribute, you earn points. Those points help you reach higher levels of the Local Guides. Different levels in the Local Guides program offer different perks, including early access to Google features and more.
When you reach Level 4, you unlock your first Local Guides badge and higher levels lead to some special perks and early access to Google features. Eligible local guides from level 4 to level 10 can earn a 3 month Google Play Music subscription and get 75% off on movie rental in Google Play movies. The deadline to level up to avail this offer is 31 August 2017.
Prior to this update, users could only accumulate a maximum of 500 points. So, once they reached 500 points, they didn’t have any motivation to continue with their contributions. To push users again, Google has added 5 additional levels allowing users to reach to a maximum level 10 by accumulating 1,00,000 points.
The following table shows how many points you will need to reach a certain level:
|Level 5||500 points||Level 8||15000 points|
|Level 6||1500 points||Level 9||50,000 points|
|Level 7||5000 points||Level 10||100,000 points|
Google has also made changes to the points system. Adding a certain piece of information on Maps that has higher impact earns users more points. For example, adding a new place for the first time on Maps can earn you more points than writing a review.
Here, in the following table you can see, which type of contribution earn you how many points:
|Rating||1 point per rating|
|Review||5 points per review|
|Rating & Review||6 points per rating & review|
|Photo||5 points per photo|
|Answer||1 point per answer|
|Suggest an edit||5 points per edit|
|Add a place||15 points per place added|
|Fact Checked||1 point per fact checked|
You can access the updated Local Guides system in the latest Google Maps app.
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