Snapchat has released a web version of Snap Map; a collection of world Stories on a map that allows your friends to check out what you are up to. Originally released last year, the Snap Map is now accessible on the web—and whether you are on Snapchat or not, you can view public Stories of what other users are doing nearby.
To view what other people nearby are doing, you can head to map.snapchat.com where you will find a collection of public Stories on the map.
The expansion to web is due to the fact that Snapchat wants everyone to have access to happenings around them. The main version [in-app] that was launched in 2017 allowed users to view happenings outside where they live, and has become a popular tool for engagement during major social events. What the ephemeral picture sharing app is trying to achieve in my opinion is to have more people use Snap Map—and it doesn’t matter if you have an account or not. It could act as a “bait” for more people to sign up to Snapchat, which by the way is something the company do with at the moment.
To deal with privacy issues, users will be allowed to have control over who gains access to their public Stories. Only users you have opted to share publicly through Snap to Our Story can be uploaded to Snap Map, per Engadget. Content will also be moderated so that your location won’t be made visible to the public via your Actionmoji.
While Instagram has continued to add the web versions of its major and popular features, Snapchat didn’t move with the flow. The app got stuck in the past, but adding a web version of its Map could well change the tide.
Snapchat recently opened its Studio to allow you to make your specific face Lens—and I mean everyone using Snapchat can now create customized filters and lenses.
There are preloaded custom Lenses you can choose from, as well as series of pre-made templates that you can build your Lens on. Upon launch, Snapchat plans to roll out 150 Lenses. Better still, you can upload a face image to use, after which you can add text—and you are good to go—you can start using your Lens.
The new customizable Lens are best suited for events with set dates—and that is because they will disappear after a while. As a matter of fact, you will be expected to enter a time and place before the Lens can become active—it is all part of the process of creating your personalized Lens. The Lenses aren’t free—with the minimum price set at $9.99.
The feature is currently only available to iOS and desktop users in the US. However, Android and other users across the world will soon be able to create their personalized Lens.