Google has set its sights on Foursquare, announcing Monday a new feature for Google Maps for creating and sharing lists of favorite locations.
The update is the latest in a series of new features rolling out on Google Maps, such as one for determining parking difficulty, launched last month.
Here’s how the new sharing feature works. First, you find your favorite sushi restaurant, park or attraction in the app, and then click the location, hit “save” and add to a list. There will be preset lists, such as “Favorites” or “Want to Go,” which Google Product Manager Zach Maier touts as a digital bucket list. Or you can create your own.
Google has long offered its “star” system allowing people to drop a pin, or star, on a location. While it worked, the feature had its problems – the stars never disappeared from the map, and they were impossible to organize or search. These lists look to solve that.
The app will also have social components, entering into the territory of Foursquare. Once you’ve created a list, you can share it with friends and family via text, email or social media. People can follow the lists to make them discoverable in their own app.
The feature will also work offline, which, for anybody who has ever traveled without data, is promising. It’ll roll out on Android and iOS today, and the lists will also be available to view on webpages.