Now available to its Local Guides, Google lets you reach new levels up to 10. The numbering system for actions such as edits, reviews and photos have changed and are retroactive. This means you may already be leveled up without doing a thing.
It’s not a big surprise, but they are now placing more relative points for reviews and photos at 5 points each in a believed effort to increase quality.
For active users, this update seems to be more for recognition purposes although there are a few perks for those who reach level 4-10.
- Free three-month subscription to the Google Play Store
- 75% off rental in the Google Play Movie Store
- Access to unique badges to showcase your levels
For me, it may benefit Google when I see this as I’m currently weighing the pros and cons at just using one service.
There will still be lookouts for spammers, fake reviews and as Mike Blumenthal eloquently puts them, “spewers” just as there are in other disciplines in search.
Overall, it’s a nice touch offered to Google Local Guides whether they use it for perks, recognition, or improving maps for users in their area.