Google has updated its Local Guides and now, using Google Maps could get you 1TB of free drive space on the Google Drive cloud by improving their data and you yourself becoming a guide.
The Local Guides app was created in order to compete with the increasing popularity of Yelp and other similar review sites, and in order to attract more people, Google has created a leveling system within the app to allow you to snag some nifty rewards.
By rating certain places, updating various outdated reviews and posting reviews yourself you get points that add to your overall level.
The first level is the easiest, requiring only zero to four points in order to achieve and it allows users to participate in exclusive Google raffles and contests to win big prices consisting of various Google devices and services.
The second level, ranging from 5 to 49 points, will allow you gain access to certain Google features and products before the general public, becoming someone similar to a person participating in a closed beta test.
Third level (50 to 199 points) will add a an official Local Guides badge to your account making you more believable when you write a good or bad review for a restaurant for example.
Only after reaching level 4, points ranging from 200 to 499, will you be able to get the 1TB of free Google Drive space, allowing you to stock more information, photos or other various things on the Google Drive cloud, option available only for paying users for 9.99$ a month.
Last but by no means least is level 5, going from 500 points upward. By reaching this level you will be able to participate in the inaugural Local Guides summit in 2016, where you will be able to meet other local guides such as yourself. Besides this opportunity, you will get to visit the Google campus and try out new Google devices, becoming a true Google insider.
His type of publicity stunt is not something new at all, but is by far one of the least invasive ways of making people use their products more. Even if the level 4 bar is set pretty high at 200 points, the added benefit of receiving a free TB of storage, basically giving you a 10$ discount , is pretty nice especially if you rely heavily on the Google Drive for your storage needs.
Even if using Google Maps could get you 1TB of free Drive space, it is not an instantaneous procedure, requiring you to “grind” a bit to get to level 4 in order to benefit from said space. The Local Guides app is available for both IOS and Android.