Instagram launched its Instagram Stories of ephemeral content and only a week agoIt’s the filters for faces that made it look more and more like Snapchat. The ghost app was a “boom” in its early days as it offered options that no one else had. Now that they all offer it, Snapchat has to reinvent itself to be the leader. Snapchat has 166 million daily users while the Instagram stories have 250 million.
Snap Map is the new tool that Snapch has opted forat. It is a map where we can know where our friends are or a specific friend group. A map will appear and we will only have to zoom in and get closer to see the specific area.
If your friends are sharing where they are with you, their “actionmoji” will appear on the Snapchat map. You can decide if you want to share the location (by default this is off) with others or keep hidden. Even if you stay hidden you can see the location of others.
To access the Snapchat map you will have to pinch on the main screen of the Snapchat camera. Once the map appears, you can move wherever you want and go anywhere in the world to see where your friends are, zooming in or out on the map if you want to see the exact location in a city.
The Snap Map you won’t need the location all the time, which will allow us to save battery. The location will be updated only when the application is opened automatically and the ActionMoji will be displayed, although Snapchat will ask us who we want to see the location: nobody, all your friends or just some friends that you can select from the list.
This function, as explained by Snapchat, will reach all users in the next few days, updating for Android and iOS applications gradually. The tool was presented yesterday and it will only be a matter of hours or a few days before you can see the Snapchat map on your Android phone and know where all your friends have gone on vacation this summer without having to ask them or tell you.