Google Maps now lets you create and share lists of places

Lynne Hanson
February 14, 2017

Google Map's new Lists feature lets users mark out the places they love and the places they want to recommend to friends. Once you've created a list of various destinations, you'll be able to access it through the hamburger menu under the Your Places section.

"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", noted Maier. You can of course create your own custom lists which can be set as private, publicly discoverable by any user on Google Maps, or simply shared with a link. It's apparent that Google wants Maps to be self-reliant and allow people to be more flexibly connected than just finding out directions to places without getting lost.

The objective of Lists is to give users the ability to track where they want to go and more easily share recommendations with others, according to the company. You can search for lists on the web, but won't be able to make lists there until a later update.

The new feature should be especially helpful for giving friends and family recommendations for places to visit in a certain city. They can even be available offline, Google said. Icons of saved locations will then appear on your Google Map.

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When you Google a place on your phone, you see a glimpse of location data, hours, and more from Google Maps. Adding items to a list takes just two taps from a location's page.

Over the past few months Google Maps has gone from great to really great.

The new feature is another step in social media for Google, which has struggled to bust into the social media world. The update should be rolling out today to users on both iOS and Android. However, in a promotional video for the new feature, you can see a "make public" button under the list's share options. By tapping that, you'll then get to choose where to save the place to. Google has now chose to offer this feature to all Google Maps users.

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