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Google Maps Gets More Social

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We cannot deny the convenience Google has brought to us when they launched Google Maps 13 years ago. Surely enough, navigating the world became a whole lot easier.

On October 24th, Google made an announcement on their blog stating that a “Follow” button will start to appear on business listings in the Google Maps app on Android (there’s no news on iOS implementations just yet). Here’s a snippet of the announcement on Google:

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Those using Google Maps for Android can now follow places right from the app. Rolling out now, just search for that coffee shop you love or that clothing store you’ve been meaning to pop into and tap the “Follow” button. Once you’ve followed places, news from them—like events, offers and other updates—will appear in the For you tab (where available, with more countries coming soon!).

Aside from this, just a few days ago, Google has started rolling out the new messaging feature to Google Maps. The feature will appear as a new “messages” button, which will be rolled out gradually to iOS and Android app users. You will find these messages in the side menu of both Google Maps for Android and iOS. Customers can use this messaging feature to directly ask the business about certain questions.

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With these recent updates, Google Maps makes users experience better and more social. Google says it will be gradually rolling the feature out to countries beyond the U.S.