Google Maps just got a little more social with a new feature that allows users to save their favorite locations to a list and share that list with their contacts. Though some are speculating that Google Maps is trying to become a social network, we look at it as a natural evolution of location-mapping technology.
The feature certainly has a social element because of the sharing part, but that’s not to say it’s going to be a standalone social networking app any time soon. It’s simply a matter of bringing share functionality directly into Google Maps so you can pass on a list of local hotspots to a friend who’s traveling or a family member looking for new hangouts around town.
To use the feature, open Google Maps, search for a new location or one from your past locations, and then click on the name to save it to a specific list. You can either use an existing list or create a new one. The list can then be shared by text message, email, messaging apps and social networks – just like you’d share a webpage or a single map location.
The recipient now has access to pull up the list from Your Places by hitting the “Follow” option.
Here’s how it works, shown in a video published on YouTube:
Lists on Google Maps was announced on February 13,2017. You may need to update the Google maps app to see this new functionality appear in the Your Places section after logging in.
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