Snap Map

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Snap Map

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.

            


5 Comments

Brendon Ramdeholl

Brendon Ramdeholl

October 1, 2018at 6:41 pm

From a legal stand point, snap map doesn’t violate a users privacy as laid on in the terms of service agreement. I personally would agree with you if they didn’t provide you with an option to hide your location from the map, but even then it’s the user’s personal choice on whether or not to use the service. Besides geolocation of your friends, I think one of the most interesting features is the heatmap that identifies concerts or other events in which lots of snapchat users are located.

Olivia Rascoe

Olivia Rascoe

October 2, 2018at 4:16 pm

As soon as this feature was launched I turned off my Snapchat location. I am not sure whether or not I think that this is something that adds to the Snapchat experience. I like how Instagram lets you choose whether or not you want to add a location, and even then it’s not as specific as the Snap Map. I don’t think its pertinent for people to know exactly where you are every moment of the day especially since you don’t necessarily know what Snapchat does with that data.

Tony Dang

Tony Dang

October 3, 2018at 2:50 am

Snapchat has really come a long way since its advent. Originally, it was created as a means to send pictures to friends, but now, it is possible to see a friend’s location at any given moment. This makes me wonder what data Snapchat is tracking from us. If they know our locations at basically all times, geographic marketing could potentially be used to target specific ads at us based on our location.

Taylor Rosenbleeth

Taylor Rosenbleeth

October 3, 2018at 9:28 am

At first when I saw this feature on Snapchat I didn’t really like it. I didn’t want all my contacts to be able to find my location at a moment’s notice. Now that I have gotten accustomed to it and have learned how to turn my tracking on for just a few of my contacts, I kind of enjoy it. I don’t use it too much, but sometimes when I travel somewhere new I will browse around on it to see what is happening in my area.

Alyssa Douglas

alyssa douglas

October 3, 2018at 12:57 pm

Its kinda cool to see stories around different cities, but I think tracking people on it is creepy. I personally do not want anyone other than very close friends/family knowing my location… not all the people I have on snapchat. I also do not care to know where everyone on my snapchat is. So overall, I guess I am not a fan of this feature.

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