Google is making it easier to find community-powered updates and recommendations in Google Maps. Last year they launched a Local Guides feature so that users could follow experienced local guides on Google Maps to get recommendations for places nearby.

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    Now they’re expanding this feature globally. If a user has shared photos, reviews or lists publicly, you can now follow them to get their updates delivered to the updates tab in Google maps. There will also be new topic filters on these profiles, so you can see topics and places people share about the most. 

    Google has also built in new settings to easily personalise your profile. You have the option to show your reviews, photos and posts publicly. You can also have a restricted profile to approve followers before they see your contributions. 

    To become followable, go to your Google Maps profile to complete the simple process. Learn more about the new features by reading the Google Blog.