This new Google Maps update takes trouble out of making social plans

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The company released an update on Monday that allowed users to make and share a list of their favourite destinations and spots on the map, making it now easier than ever to find more recommended places to hang out and explore. You can then store that location in one of a few preset lists, such as "Favorites" and "Want to go", or you can add it to a new list of your choosing. The feature which lets user create customized lists of places, also enables them to follow the lists of their friends and family. All lists are stored under the Your Places section in the side menu and icons for the places that you've saved to lists will actually appear on the map.

However, the places saved to the user's lists will also be plotted on the map, so that the user can see that place they want to try when in the neighborhood.

"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.

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You can share your own lists or follow others' lists via a link.

This addresses a long-held pet peeve for people who wanted to share ideas for a weekend plan or help out visiting friends and colleagues who wanted advice what to do when they get to a town.

The new feature should be especially helpful for giving friends and family recommendations for places to visit in a certain city.

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The feature made its debut a year ago for those in the Google Local Guides program, and is now rolling out to everyone using Google Maps on Android and iOS. You can also add/remove places from lists directly from a location's place sheet by tapping the "Saved" icon.

Last week, Google Maps began offering in-map views of nearby available car-hails as well as background on planned destinations, including reviews, articles, restaurant menus.

Lists can be built around a specific event ("Spring Break" or "Portland trip 2017") and include all the places you want to hit up. The new feature is rolling out to all users today.

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