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This article was published on November 16, 2015

Google is giving away Drive storage to get more restaurant reviews for Maps

Google is giving away Drive storage to get more restaurant reviews for Maps
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Google is offering up to 1TB of free Drive storage for its most ardent Local Guides.

Local Guides is Google’s program for reviewers who offer their take on cafes, restaurants and various other businesses in their area. Those reviews are then fed into Google Maps.

In revamping its Local Guides program, Google has put all reviewers on a points scale. The points system depends on how thorough the review is; if you add pictures in addition to your take, it’s worth more points. Those who add new locations or fix outdated info can also earn points.

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Here’s how it breaks down:

Level 1 (0-4 points): You can enter contests for free Google stuff.

Level 2 (5-49 points): Early access to new Google product features

Level 3 (50-199 points): Get a ‘Local Guides’ badge in Google Maps

Level 4 (200-499 points): 1TB Google Drive storage

Level 5 (500 points or more): You can apply to go to an annual Google Local Guides event

Each contribution type is worth one point. Excuse me while I go get some Vietnamese pho and take 200 pictures of the restaurant.

Get your favorite places on the map with Local Guides [Google]