Here’s What People Are Saying About Snapchat’s Maps Feature
Snapchat has become ubiquitous enough to be a favorite Halloween costume option and popular enough to have its story and filter features adopted by Facebook and Instagram. Its new maps feature is an attempt to further stand out from its competitors, and while some are loving the ability to stalk — ahem, track — their friends and events around the world, others worry that Snap Map might be a privacy concern.
Snap Map shows users Snap stories of things such as sporting events, breaking news, and more from all across the world, and also allows mutual friends on the app to share their location with one another, showing a Bitmoji (or, if you don’t have a Bitmoji, just a blank Bitmoji outline) on a map wherever they’re walking, relaxing, partying, and more.
Immediately after the launch, Twitter was abuzz over the fact that followers might see real-time information about where people are located at any given time (as long as they’re actually using the app). Some worried that sending Snaps to the live Snapchat-curated “Our Story” might potentially make their location visible.
As with all of Snapchat’s features, though, you can control what you share. People have the ability to limit who sees their location, from mutual friends to select friends to no one but yourself on “Ghost Mode.”
Not everyone is worried about the privacy issue, though. Some people are concerned about FOMO:
Or shame over never leaving their house:
And other, as BuzzFeed called them, low-key life ruiners:
Of course, Snap Maps has the potential to be a lot of fun, if you use it safely. Users can always adjust account settings at any time, and to be extra sure you’re off the Snap Map grid if you want to be, check your device’s location sharing settings to make sure they’re in check.
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(Photos via Mark Kolbe/Getty, Snapchat)