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Snapchat rolls out ‘Map Explore’ to find friends, events

Photo-sharing app Snapchat has rolled out a new feature called "Map Explore" that will make it easier for users to find events and see friends' story snaps

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Photo-sharing app Snapchat has rolled out a new feature called “Map Explore” that will make it easier for users to find events and see friends’ updates on Snap Map.

Snap said the travel and location updates will automatically appear on user’s Snap Map when friends opt to share their location, The Verge reported on Thursday.

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this new update is about Map which allows the user to see the location of their friends. IANS

The feature will also show Explore updates for Story snaps, including breaking news and other events from around the world, the report added.

“We made ‘Map Explore’ because we noticed that when you open the Map, you aren’t always sure where to start your journey,” Snapchat was quoted as saying in the statement. “Unless you swiped outside your city, you might never see some of the amazing events our community is capturing,” the statement added.

Also Read: Snapchat may extend stories features on web: report

To access the feature, pinch to zoom out from the camera screen when you launch the app. Tap on new updates at the bottom of the screen, then swipe horizontally to scroll through updates from your friends and other content from Snap Map.

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If you want to delete your status or turn on Ghost Mode (which hides your location) tap on the settings icon in the top right hand of the map. In 2017, Snapchat launched Snap Map as a tool to let users share their location with friends. IANS

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Instagram testing ‘Nametag,’ similar to Snapchat’s ‘Snapcode’

Meanwhile, there was no word on when Instagram will roll out the "Nametag" feature globally, the report said

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Instagram will soon roll out 'Nametag' feature. VOA

 Facebook-owned Instagram is reportedly testing a new feature dubbed as “Nametags” — a clone of Snapchat’s ‘Snapcode’ which will let users create a “custom scannable tag” by designing a pattern of emojis.

The feature will also offer an option to use a selfie image for creating a custom Instagram “Nametag”, Inverse reported late on Tuesday.

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The feature is similar to Snapchat’s Snapcode. Wikimedia Commons

Snapchat launched “Snapcode” in January 2015 that allowed users to add friends using their phone cameras.

Instagram has been in the news for cloning Snapchat’s features for long. “Instagram is simply building upon a technology that Snapchat created,” Kevin Systrom, Co-Founder, Instagram had said in a recent interview with Wall Street Journal.

Instagram recently introduced a “@mention” sticker for iOS users.

“After you’ve taken a photo or video in your stories camera, open the stickers tray, tap the @mention sticker, start typing the name of the account you want to mention and select from the options that appear,” the company’s blog informed.. “You can then rotate, scale and place your sticker wherever you’d like.”

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Meanwhile, there was no word on when Instagram will roll out the “Nametag” feature globally, the report said. IANS

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