Google Maps is a staple not only for Android users but for many iPhone and PC users too. Its rich functionality is as helpful when you are going because you are relaxing at home and trying to explore another city, whether through satellite pictures or Google Street View.
There is no intention that most of the information available on Google Maps was sent by the users themselves. Business owners offer sites to their offices, shops, restaurants and everything else you can do with them. On the other hand, customers will get their views, ratings and pictures to where they have visited. Recently, Google introduced some of the features of Waze to Google Maps, allowing users to mark speed traps and car accidents.
Public events for your community to take part in
Now, people have more power to add content to people, because Google has chosen to add users to public events. SlashGear noted the new feature and describes how it works on the Google Maps support page. You can add an event from your Contribution tab, where you will see a new “Add public event” button (you may need to scroll down a bit to see it) or from an Events tab. Afterwards, you will find the standard set of information to fill in: type of event, location, time and description.
When you send out an event, it will appear in the selected location for everyone to see it, as be careful about what you send. Google has a series of steps on its website to delete public events you created, but at the very least, the “Delete this event” button mentioned on the support page was extant.
There seems to be more work to be done on this aspect, and it is probably why it is no longer available to everyone. We were not able to focus directly on having access to it, but it seems there are only some Android users now. If you have the Events tab on Your contributions page, then you are part of the early adopters.
A new wave of unique events is coming
This is a good way this feature is to promote more casual occasions that are not connected to a specific commercial location. For example, people might require you for a basketball game or other recreation enthusiasts to enter your RC cars race. Or maybe you are a street performer who has something new to display and wants to organize a performance.
Utility companies or city administrations can use these public events to inform people when certain streets are closed, Google added a category “Parade” for a reason. Volunteering & Activity is another useful category. You are planning to clean up an area as part of the growing #trashtag challenge? Set up a public event and collect assistants at any time.
We see, however, that this aspect could be abused and people create false events to draw a crowd somewhere. There is a “feedback” button for the event created which allows you to report if there is anything wrong with it. Google may use such feedback to limit the rights of people who create false events.
Hopefully, very little will happen and people will use the element for the intended purposes. It is likely to take some time before it becomes common and we see more interesting events around us. However, when everyone has the option to provide one, it will be time before you start to notice them.