- Lack of Connection - There is connections with Google Maps reviewers and the readers. If you are a Local Guide, there is LocalGuidesConnect.com to have some sort of conversation. Most of conversations are fillers - users wants to get badges.
- Lack of Social Interaction - Unlike Yelp, you can't follow a reviewer and read his/her reviews first. The reviews are sorted chronologically with ratings (non-verbiage review) on the bottom. It's meaningless to write a long review on a popular destination. I normally say a few words with dozen of photos.
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- Content Quality - There's no standard with Local Guides.
- Level 5 Local Guides - Unlike Yelp Elites, there is no prestige to be recognized. Anything over 500 points is Level 5. Some people just post a sentence to say it's a review. So, one person wrote 500 nonsense reviews and he's a Level 5 Local Guides.
- Credibility - I've seen lots of Local Guides don't show their real name and no pictures. How can you be a reliable source to the community?
- Lack of Community - There are few Local Guides in Houston. Who cares who's who.
- Local Guides Meetup - I've seen this type of social event is not popular in Houston but overseas locations are common. I hosted one meetup. Read my other blog.
These are my 2 cents about the Local Guides.