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Snapchat has added a new feature that allows you to see where your friends — and other featured stories — are on a map.
The Snap Map is accessed by pinching the screen to zoom out, and adds another layer to Snap’s already complex interface.
Once on the map, the user can choose who can see their location, with the options of all friends, select friends and Ghost Mode (no one but them.) If their friends have chosen to make themselves visible, users can view where they are and the stories that go along with that location.
Along with their friends are other featured stories from around the world — like soccer matches in Brazil, a music festival in the UK or a day at Tokyo Disneyland.
Naturally, many users have taken to Twitter to criticise the ‘creepy’ nature of the map.
WOW SNAPCHAT WAY TO GO WITH THE SUPER CREEPER FEATURE OF FINDING YOUR SNAP FRIENDS ON A MAP OF THEIR EXACT LOCATION.
— DJ HOMEWRECKR (@DJHOMEWRECKR) June 22, 2017
The new season of Dateline is brought to you by Snap Map – bringing stalkers and victims together in a hip new way.
— Marie Connor (@thistallawkgirl) June 21, 2017
— Trinity👑🌹 (@TooLitTrin) June 22, 2017
But others saw it as an opportunity.
— VoteForMe|LinkInBio (@AshleyJAE_) June 22, 2017
You snapping at a function and ain’t invite me thanks to snap map im pulling up. pic.twitter.com/UZAyDOkxR6
— ㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤ (@Unclerawn) June 22, 2017
— Sash (@SashXo_) June 22, 2017
And of course, the quips about Instagram hurrying to copy the feature were made as well.
whats this? pic.twitter.com/qnkLD4ig3I
— FOLLOW @STEPHENTBIZ (@stephentbizsave) June 21, 2017