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Snapchat’s Map Explore Makes it Easier To Find Your Friends

The feature will also highlight breaking news snaps and other events from around the world.

Snap is introducing a new feature called Map Explore today that will alert and update users about what’s happening on their Snap Map. Snap says the travel and location updates will automatically appear on users’ Snap Maps when friends opt to share their location. The feature will also show Explore updates for Our Story snaps, including breaking news and other events from around the world.

The new feature is an easier way for users to explore content on Snapchat based on location, which is a nifty tool if you want to see what’s happening elsewhere… or see when your friends are hanging out without you.

Snap says it’s introducing this tool to make updates easier to find. “We made Map Explore because we noticed that when you open the Map, you aren’t always sure where to start your journey,” the company said in a statement. “Unless you swiped outside your city, you might never see some of the amazing events our community is capturing.”

Here’s how you can access Map Explore:

. Pinch to zoom out from the Snapchat camera to enter Snap Map.

.To see new updates, tap the New Updates prompt at the bottom of the screen.

. Swipe horizontally to scroll between friends’ updates and content on Snap Map.

. Snapchat also shared steps people can take to manage their own Map Explore updates:

  Snapchat also shared steps people can take to manage their own Map     Explore updates:

. Tap the Settings gear in the top-right-hand corner of Snap Map.

. Tap the map graphic to see your current update and which friends have seen that       update.

. If desired, the status can be deleted here.

. Turning on Ghost Mode means your current location on Snap Map and most recent Map    Explore update will no longer be visible to friends.

The feature will roll out globally over the next few weeks.


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