Snapchat has announced a new feature called Snap Map, which will be rolled out in an updated that is being released soon. The new feature gives users of the social media app a view of where their Snapchat friends are on a map as well as what they’re doing, based on their stories.
Most major social media apps have copied some of Snapchat’s features such as Stories and disappearing photos. The social media company has been trying it’s best to keep the app different to copied versions of existing apps by introducing new and unique features. The new Snap Map feature is one of those, and it could change the way we view friends’ activity on social media. Since the beginning of social networking, social media platforms such as Facebook have attempted to create a useful and convenient way to share where you are, which is included in a normal post, so that your friends may have the option to join you. For example, Facebook’s “Nearby Friends” feature has never become widely used nor popular.
Snapchat is hoping that its latest feature might be able to change the bad location sharing on social media reputation. Snap Map is a straightforward and easy to use feature.
How to Use Snap Map
Users simply need to pinch to zoom out of the current view, and then the Snap Map appears. Users can share their location with friends or keep it unshared in what Snapchat is calling ‘Ghost Mode’. On the Map, users will see an avatar (dubbed Actionmoji) of their friends who have shared their locations, which can be tapped on to see their Stories in that location. The idea of the new feature is that users will be able to see what their friends are doing nearby and join them if they’re looking for something to do. The map view contains not only your local area, but a view of the entire globe.
I personally am against this new feature. I feel that it is an invitation for increased internet misuse because the feature will so easily be abused from it’s intention. Furthermore, it I find it bad enough that Google stalks me, I don’t want my companions on social media doing it as well! This is a risky move from Snapchat, and one that I’m sure many of us are against. I for one am turning on ‘Ghost Mode’ straight away.
The new feature is starting to roll out on Android today, and if you click the link here you can download the latest Snapchat update from the Play Store.