If you are up to date on your social media channels, then you are associated with SnapChat. Snapchat is a popular application that allows people to send temporary pictures or videos or messages between people. Once the notification is opened then it disappears forever. One of the features on SnapChat is the Snap Map. You can get to this by putting your fingers on the screen and pinch inward like you’re zooming in on the screen. Through this feature, you have the ability to see where your friends are located (if their location is on) and you have the ability to see public stories in any location. Only the people you choose can see your location — you can choose to share your location with all your friends you’ve added back, just a group of select friends, or you can even turn on Ghost Mode when you want to go off the grid. If you tap on the heat map you can view snaps from that area. Blue means that there were a few snaps taken in that spot and red means there are tons of snaps. You even have the ability to view other countries snap stories. You can also see stories that are created around special locations or events like a museum, basketball game, concert, or graduation.
I really enjoy the snap map feature of SnapChat because it allows me to see other areas of the world and what is happening around the world. I cannot help but think about whether it is a violation of privacy though. You do have the choice whether to turn on your location, who sees your location, and if you post a story then you can choose to post it on the public map. It is still crazy to think about people can track and see your activity if it is on.