Snapchat’s newest features continue to keep us guessing. You just never know what will happen next! Recent additions to Snapchat include the ability to watch shows, see the latest trends or watch world news. One of the most recent additions to Snapchat is making headlines. Snapchat recently added a brand new feature: Snap Map. This new feature wants you to meet up with your friends in real life. Snap Map gives you the ability to share your current location on a (you guessed it) map! The interactive Snap Map automatically updates your location when you open Snapchat.
Snapchat wrote on it’s blog, “We’ve built a whole new way to explore the world! See what’s happening, find your friends and get inspired to go on an adventure!”
Let’s talk about how to use the Snap Map. When you open Snapchat, you automatically have access to this feature. In your settings, you can choose to share your location with all of your friends, a few friends or you can opt out from the map by going into ghost mode. You also disappear from the map by default when you don’t open Snapchat for a long period of time. Avid Snapchat users open the app frequently, which updates their location in real time throughout the day.
You’re probably asking yourself how to open the Snap Map. Just pinch your fingers on your Snapchat camera home screen. From there, you can scroll around to see where friends are in your city, even around the world. Tapping on a friend’s BitMoji will open their Snap Story to show you what they are up to. You can even message them directly.
Looking at the Snap Map, you may notice a couple things. First, users can submit Snapchat Story posts to ‘Our Story’ which then gives them a chance for their content to appear to non-friends for 24 hours. You can also see areas that look like a heat map. These colored areas indicate areas where a lot of Snaps are being shared. This can be an indicator of a big event or an area that you may want to explore yourself.
What do you think of the Snap Map? There appears to be mixed reviews varying from excitement to fear. For those of you who are afraid of sharing your location, don’t worry! Just place your Snapchat account into ghost mode and you won’t be found on Snap Map! For those of you who are excited about it, we want to hear about your experience on Snap Map. Think of the Snap Map as a way to see what your fellow Snapchat addicts are up to!
Have you experimented with Snap Map? Have any of your submitted stories been shared on the map for other Snapchatters in the area to see? We want to hear about it! Leave us a comment!