Snapchat introduces location-sharing with Snap Map

4:13 p.m Thursday, June 22, 2017 National/World News
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Aside from the location filter, Snapchat is introducing a new way to locate your friends with the Snap Map. 

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The social media platform announced the news this week, revealing that the location-sharing feature will allow friends to find each other or anyone in the world using its map. 

“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,” the company said in a statement

So how does it work?

Pinch your Snapchat camera home screen to access it. Once it pops up, which only updates when you open the app, you can scan the page to spot your friends no matter where they are on the globe. 

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Your friends will pop up as ActionMojis, users as cartoons, and you can tap on one to watch their story or send them a direct message. 

There are also snaps that don’t show up as ActionMojis. Instead, they appear as circular thumbnails. These posts are from other Snapchat users, and areas that are red indicate a lot of people are snapping from one place.

If you are not interested in making your location known, use the “Ghost Mode” button. With this function, you can still access the map, but others won’t be able to find you on it. 

Or you can select “My Friends” or “Select Friends” to choose exactly who can view where you are. 

Take a look at the video below to learn more. 

 

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