Google is probably transforming its platform to look like a Facebook timeline with its new feature dubbed Community Feed found in the Explore tab of Google Maps. The new feature was inspired by the over 20 million contributions submitted by people from around the world which includes recommendations for their favorite spots, updates about business services, reviews and ratings, photos, answers to other people’s questions, and updated addresses.
Community feed is designed to show you updates from Google Maps users who share photos, reviews, or lists publicly and allows you to follow them and get their recommendations, advice, and updates delivered to your explore timeline. The vertically scrollable feed will contain posts you can “Like” by tapping on a little thumbs-up icon. By panning and zooming the map, you can find helpful information for almost any location in the world contributed by credible locals.
“The community feed brings together helpful local information and tailors it to your selected interests. For example, if you’ve marked interest in healthy food or Greek cuisine in your Google Maps food and drink preferences, you’ll see more recommendations, photos, and business posts for that type of dining,” wrote Capella Yee the Google Maps Product Manager.
When using Google Maps profile, users have the option to show (or not show) their reviews, photos, and posts on their public Maps profile. To become followable, eligible user can set their profiles to allow people interested in their activities to connect with them. And users who are followable can make their profiles restricted and approve or decline new follower requests. The community feed also helps connect Business Profiles users with customers.
It is now rolling out globally for everyone on Android and iOS.