It is not just LinkedIn which is adding videos to its mobile app! Google is launching a feature that allows users to add videos to Google Maps listings. The idea is to offer a more intimate view of the locality, ambiance or surroundings through a video feed. Still pictures don’t always accurately reflect the mood of a place, especially if it’s a restaurant or a bistro. Videos have the ability to communicate that effectively.
Local guides, or users who contribute to enrich Google Maps listings, can now upload videos through their mobile devices. They can shoot a video with the app turned on. Alternatively, they can try out the option of uploading a pre-shot video on their mobile device. Only the first 30 seconds of a video will be permitted to be uploaded.
This feature of including videos on Google Maps can be done through multiple mobile platforms like Android, or iOS and even desktop computers. As of now, however, the feature is allowed only on Android apps.
Here’s what Google thinks about this new feature and its possibilities: “The possibilities are really exciting: Take viewers on a mini tour of a store you love, or show the bustling scene at your favorite neighborhood restaurant.”
Now, what’s in it for local guides who will be uploading these videos for the benefits of others? They can earn reward points that can get them perks and freebies later on. Even you can be a local guide, if you want it. All you need to do is pick a place on Google Maps, click on ‘Add a Photo’ and get started.