Is Google Trying To Make Maps A Social Network?

Posted February 14, 2017

With the Google Maps app open, the user just needs to tap on the named the establishment they want to check out and a "Save" icon will appear. When opened inside of Google Maps, users can then choose to follow a shared list so it's always saved within their own "Your Places" tab.

Alternatively, you can create your own customised list, that can be named whatever you want, and can be shared with your friends via text, email, social networks and other apps. You can then share the new list publicly or obtain a private list that can be sent to people over WhatsApp, Facebook etc. While lists can only be created in the iOS and Android app, they can also be viewed on the desktop.

From there you'll be prompted to either add the place to an existing list, or create a new list starting with the place you just saved. Other users can follow your list and access it when needed.

How to share: To share a list and click on the share button in the top right hand corner. This way, you can distinguish between the places that you've visited and the places that you would like to see some day.

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The new feature pits the app directly against Foursquare, a search and discovery service that already offers shareable lists. A tap on either Uber, Lyft, Juno, Gett, or another on-demand ride brand presents a full list of hailing options.

The days of dedicated satnavs are surely numbered, with the likes of Waze and Google Maps bringing turn-by-turn directions to smartphone owners for free.

The new feature is another step in social media for Google, which has struggled to bust into the social media world.

This interestingly marks the first time Google Maps adds a social feature. Users can build lists around a specific event, like an upcoming trip, or to recommend places for out-of-towners or get really specific with different lists for your favorite coffee shops, restaurants, parks and so on. The update is rolling out to everyone on both iOS and Android today so let us know when you see it!