Snap Brings Snapchat’s Map Feature Out of Its Mobile Apps

Snap, the maker of Snapchat, is introducing a critical change for its social network platform. The company is bringing Snap Map, a feature made to allow users to discover content around them within Snapchat, out of its mobile apps to the Web.

Snap Map on Snapchat allows users to see where their friends are and what they are up to, with a bunch of privacy settings for those concerned about privacy and stalkers. But at its core, Snap Map is more than that — the feature lets you check everything that’s happening around you and the world. For months, though, the feature has only been available from Snapchat’s mobile apps.

That all changes today with the launch of Snap Map on the Web, reports Wired. The launch of Snap Map on the Web follows the recent launch of shareable Snaps, which allows users to share public snaps outside of Snapchat. With Snap Map on the Web, users can checkout all the snaps and stories happening around them, as well as major, curated events from around the world. Snap Map on the Web works exactly like it does on Snapchat’s mobile apps, with the added benefit of not requiring to have an actual Snapchat account.

Today’s expansion of Snap Map is part of Snap’s strategy to bring Stories everywhere. For years, the company has been exclusively focused on its mobile apps, especially on iPhones. But the recent competition from Instagram and stagnant user growth is pushing executives at the company to bring in much-needed strategical changes.

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  • Darekmeridian

    12 February, 2018 - 4:46 pm

    <p>Question is will it be a PWA?</p><p><br></p>

  • jlv632

    12 February, 2018 - 10:18 pm

    <p>SNAP is the one Tech company I just hate. To me… it was them who were one of the first to really shun Windows' mobile efforts. Can't wait to read the heading that this company has folded and I for one will never use their services. </p>

    • arunphilip

      12 February, 2018 - 11:34 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#245343"><em>In reply to jlv632:</em></a></blockquote><p><br></p><p>Bitter much? As a former owner of multiple Lumias, I'd say the first company to shun Windows' mobile phones was the Nadella-era Microsoft. (Though, I must admit I was annoyed when Facebook removed People Hub integration, though that was hardly the death-knell for WP). </p>

      • jlv632

        13 February, 2018 - 8:06 am

        <blockquote><a href="#245359"><em>In reply to arunphilip:</em></a></blockquote><p>Bitter? You bet! Do some homework on Evan Spiegel and you'd also take delight in his failures. The Lawyer letters he/Snap sent to Rudy Huyn were totally not cool. </p>

        • arunphilip

          13 February, 2018 - 8:26 am

          <blockquote><a href="#245383"><em>In reply to jlv632:</em></a></blockquote><p>Ah, Thanks for pointing that out. I wasn't previously aware of that incident. Quite uncool not to offer an app on WP, but legally hassle someone who does enable it. </p>

  • Tony Barrett

    13 February, 2018 - 6:23 am

    <p>Are we not already completely overwhelmed with information these days? What is the point of this other than to actually start drowning in it?</p>

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