Old thread... anyone knows how to extend this for future as well
Google is trying to compete with Yelp and Foursquare with their new service, Local Guides.
Local Guides Link [google.com]
In order to get enough reviews to compete, they are offering free benefits.
The more points you earn, the better the benefits.
The best appears to be at 200 points, you get 1 free TB of storage on Google Drive, which normally costs $9.99 per month.
The free storage appears to be for 2 years, but is not clear on the google site.
For people that already like to post reviews, it is a free benefits to keep on doing it (but on Local Guides instead of Yelp, etc.)
If you don't like to post reviews, then it's probably not worth it.
There are four levels:
Level 1: (0 – 4 points): Enter exclusive contests (think new Google devices!) in select countries.
Level 2 (5 – 49 points): Get early access to new Google products and features.
Level 3 (50 – 199 points): Show up in the Google Maps app with your official Local Guides badge.
Level 4 (200 – 499 points): Receive a free 1 TB upgrade of your Drive storage, allowing you to keep all the stories, photos, and videos from your travels in one safe place.
Level 5 (500+ points): The very top Local Guides will become eligible to apply to attend our inaugural summit in 2016, where you'll be able to meet other top Guides from around the world, explore the Google campus, and get the latest info about Google Maps. Look out for details early next year.
There are 4 ways to earn points:
1: Post a photo (of a place/shop/restaurant/etc)
2: Share reviews
3: Add new places
4: Fix incorrect information
Per Cardsmerch, to check your points, you go through the newest Google Maps App, and under the "Your Contributions" section, it will show you your points. They should appears within 24 hours.
Additionally, as several SD's have noted, you can copy your reviews from other sites like Yelp and Tripadvisor, and paste them into the Google Local Guides, which would be pretty quick way to get some review points.