Google is introducing video contributions for Local Guides on the latest version of the app available. If you’re registered as a Local Guide, you should be receiving the update soon as it has only started rolling out to members today. Keep in mind though, that video contributions aren’t really visible on Google maps right now, but that can be expected real soon.
This post on the Google Local Guides connect Forum details the process of contribution. As it can be seen, videos can be up to 30 seconds of footage – although you’re limited to 10 second clips of you’re shooting within Google maps. And both can only be made from your smartphone as of now.
The Local Guides program is Google’s public contribution program for Google maps where users, who sign up as Local Guides, are offered a gamified experience in exchange for data about places around them. As users earn Local Guide points, they get additional perks starting as simple as early access to features and going upto attending the annual Local Guides summit at Google headquarters.
Of course, Google had also followed up with another post setting the standards for good video submissions. Interestingly, guides are recommended to shoot in Portrait mode – that could be to encourage increased consumption on-the-go. Along with simple, panning shots of storefronts or locations, Google is also recommending the occasional food porn and short review.
Asking for the submissions before the feature is consumable could be with the aim of ensuring sufficient videos available for locations all over the world on launch day. This would also give Google sufficient time to ensure good quality content on day 1, although the process for filtering and approving the submitted videos hasn’t been detailed yet (even with a content review and audio policy in place)
If you’re too eager to try this out and cannot wait for the update to reach you, grab the Maps v9.60 APK online. Additionally, if you’re wondering if video contributions count towards your Local Guides points, the official answer to that as of now is ‘please stay tuned’.