Google Maps update allows creation of shareable lists of locations

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Google Maps just added a new feature that allows users to create lists of favorite locations, for themselves or to share with family or friends. To find their lists, people can go to Your Places on the side menu of Maps and open the Saved tab. However, getting the full experience of browsing a saved list offline requires you to download the offline maps of that particular area. And with a public link, you can share across social media sites to send them to your followers or members of said community.

"The lists you follow are with you wherever you take Google Maps and are viewable on mobile and desktop-and even offline", writes Zach Maier, Product Manager, Google Maps, in a blog post.

Here's more about how the Google Maps Lists feature works.

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.

On a similar note, you can make short-lived lists if you know you're going to be driving around all day. Once you pinpoint a desired location, you can hit the "save" button to reveal a number of premade lists including "Want to Go", "Starred", and "Favorites". The icon and address will be shown on the list, along with a map at the top of the screen. Tapping into that data opens up the Google Maps app if you have it installed - and here, you can click on "Save".

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This means that if you're ever at a loss for the best coffee shop or pizza restaurant, Google Maps will be there to provide options. Once a list is created, users can also follow other people's lists for inspiration when visiting new cities.

Google Maps is about to get a whole lot more social.

You can't create lists on the web yet, but the update is rolling out to Android and iOS devices today.

Facebook recently added a Recommendations feature to its social network that enables users to ask for location-based suggestions from their friends.