Just before the weekend for our Eid Mubarak family to celebrate their festival of the “blessed”, Snapchat adds another update to their May 23rd Custom stories feature.
Many people have complained about continual UI updates from Facebook, but with apps like Snapchat adding new features on what seems like a weekly basis, it’s acceptable – and maybe even appreciated more than other apps simply because you have 24hrs to share your story to the services that regularly and constantly is being refreshed with new tricks to keep us interested.
Snapchat has built a whole new way to explore the world! Here, you are allowed to see what’s happening, find your friends, and get inspired to go on an adventure on Snap Map!
It’s basically a location-sharing feature. The idea is, with this new Snap Map feature, you can easily meet up with friends in real life. It lets you share your current location, which then appears to friends on a map and updates when you open Snapchat.
According Snapchat: “With the Snap Map, you can view Snaps of sporting events, celebrations, breaking news, and more from all across the world. If you and a friend follow one another, you can share your locations with each other so you can see where they’re at and what’s going on around them! Plus, meeting up can be a cinch.”
In short, Snap Map essentially lets you share your location with all your friends or a few friends, and it also allows you to scroll around an actual map to see where your friends are located. When you open the updated Snapchat app, you will have access to the feature and can choose whether to share your location.
Three facts about Snap Map:
- Snap Map lets you see your friends on a map
- It’s a location-sharing feature; shows your location too
- Everyone is displayed on the map as an ‘Actionmoji’
How to use Snap Map
It’s easy to get started — just pinch to zoom out and view the Map on your Snapchat app! You decide if you want to share your location with friends, or simply keep it to yourself with Ghost Mode. Make sure you’re running the latest version of Snapchat. Then, go to your Camera screen, then pinch your fingers on the screen like you’re zooming out from a photo. The Snap Map should then appear.
If your friends are sharing their location with you, their Actionmoji will appear on the Map. Actionmojis only update when you open Snapchat.
The goal is to get users to engage with their friends instead of just watching their activities via Snapchat, supposedly. But we don’t think Snapchat would never really encourage its users to not use the app, and to be honest, by getting users to open Snapchat to see where friends are, it is ironically making them use Snapchat.
Meanwhile, Police forces have raised child safety concerns about a new Snapchat feature that reveals users’ locations amid fears it could be used for stalking. Parents are advised to turn off “Snap Maps” on their children’s phones after Snapchat, which is wildly popular among teenagers, introduced the location-sharing mode this week.