Google today announced that it is rolling out a new feature for its Google Maps app for iOS and Android. The new feature will allow you to make lists of the favorite places you go and share the list with friends.
It will let you create three different types of lists which include, Favorites, Starred Places, and Want to Go (places you want to visit). The goal is to provide a more social feel to Google Maps.
Google Maps Product Manager, Zach Maier writes:
Because sharing is caring, we made it easy to share lists like “Best Views in SF” via text, email, social networks and popular messaging apps. Whenever friends and family come to town, tap the share button to get a link and start flexing your local knowledge muscles. Once you send a link to your out-of-towners, they can tap “Follow” to pull up the list from Your Places whenever they need it.
The app is required to create a list of places, however, people can still search for lists from the desktop. You can also download lists for offline viewing in case there isn’t a data connection nearby.
Google seems to be moving toward adding a lot more improvements and innovation to its Maps app. Last week the company announced the rollout of another new feature that allows you to get real-time commute information.
This new list sharing capability should compete with the Foursquare app that already includes list-making tools. However, just like the real-time commute info being added last week, Google’s plan is for you to use its Maps app and not rely on third-party alternatives.
The shareable lists feature will start rolling out today for Android and iOS, and will be viewable on the web via shared links. The full experience will come to the web and other platforms later this year.
What do you think about Google adding these new features to Google Maps? Will this prompt you to use it as your “go-to” map app or do you prefer other apps for your travels?