Snapchat’s newest update aims to bring users closer.
All the redesign brouhaha later, Snapchat is back hogging the headlines. The news is for those who love spending more time in the friends circle. An addendum to the year-old Snap Map is Map Explore, launched recently to automatically update you about where your friends are.
The latest addition lets people know where their friends are even when they are on the move and an alert comes to the Snap Map. This does not necessitate the friend to type a status update to tell others where they are. The map feature tracks the person and brings the location details, provided the friend has turned on the feature to trace the location. Things have turned more methodical on the Map, to be precise.
The way tech portal Verge puts it says it all, “Snapchat’s Map Explore feature will let you know when your friends are hanging out without you.” It also gives a ball by ball account of how things work: “pinch to zoom out from the camera screen when you launch the app. Tap on new updates at the bottom of the screen, then swipe horizontally to scroll through updates from your friends and other content from Snap Map. If you want to delete your status or turn on Ghost Mode (which hides your location), tap on the settings icon on the top right hand of the map.”
In the long run, Snap Map would serve more news on the platter. At the places where more Map traffic is marked, there is a chance to get more amount of breaking news and other updates. The feature is getting ready for a global rollout in the coming weeks.