Google has begun leveraging one of their best services, Maps, giving you the option to follow a place in order to receive notifications from a place, as well as keep up to date with new places coming soon near you.
The Follow button will appear on the Maps entry for your favourite restaurant, cafe or store, and when you follow a place you’ll then receive notifications including ‘events, offers and other updates’ in the ‘For you’ tab.
As well Google is getting you psyched for new places opening soon, with profiles for new places opening soon appearing and offering you an opening date in orange on their Maps entry. You’ll see all the info about the upcoming place that you’d expect to see like Address and a link to their website if they have one associated.
The update is listed as being ‘where available’, so it’s not clear if this is available outside the US or not but we’re not seeing a Follow button on places near us as yet. If it’s not here yet, it shouldn’t be long with Google advising that the features will be coming to more countries soon.