I became a google local guide this week.
It all started with a prompt that popped up on my phone.
"Know this place?"
I have to say it's such a rewarding experience that by answering simple MCQs about places I just visited recently, I leveled up to level 2 in couple minutes! To be honest, I was kind of addicted to it. It creates a video game vibe that makes I want to post more photos and answer more questions to gain my points!
Compared with the size of Google Maps users, there's not that many people actually participate in this Google Local Guides feature. Since the number of reviews is so small, people don't see it as a credible resource. Take dining out for example, almost all my friends search the possible places on Yelp first, copy and paste the address on the navigation app that they prefer to use. (Most likely will be Google Maps, and no iPhone Maps. No way. ) The fact intrigues me and make me wonder the cause behind it. Convenience and efficiency are the top reasons why we are so into our smart devices these days, yet most people take the long routine to finish a task. I guess the power of reviews is way more important than I thought.
Well, I will keep contribute to the community, and earn more badges! (Before I burnout lol)