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Google is beefing up its iOS Maps app to help you stay informed about your favorite restaurants, stores, businesses and other spots.

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Rolling out in the latest version of Google Maps for iOS, a new feature lets you follow any business that you like or want to track. By following a business, you can then see updates and information about new offers, promotions, events and other items that may appeal to you. By default, the businesses you follow can also see your public profile on Google unless you opt to follow them privately.

The new feature is similar to liking or following a public page on Facebook in that you can see updates and new information about a business. Google has been enhancing its Maps app lately to coax people to use it for more than just directions. Through Maps, you can exchange messages with business, more easily see ratings for restaurants and other businesses, and ask friends to vote on places to go to eat, drink, and be merry. The follow feature had already been available in the Android flavor of Google Maps since last October, so iOS is just now catching up.

To follow a business, open its listing in Google Maps. If the feature is available, you'll see a Follow button in the listing just under the name and description of the place. Tap the Follow button. Next, look for a tab that says For you at the bottom of the screen and tap it. Any updates or news or other information about the businesses you follow will pop up here.

The follow feature just started rolling out, so you may need to wait a day or two before it hits your iPhone or iPad.

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  1. Google Maps for iOS now lets you follow your favorite restaurants, stores, and other businesses.
  2. By following a business, you can see updates for promotions, events, and other items of interest.

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Lance Whitney is a freelance technology writer and trainer and a former IT professional. He's written for Time, CNET, PCMag, and several other publications. He's the author of two tech books - "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time" and "Teach Yourself VISUALLY LinkedIn."