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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.

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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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Snapchat Could Run Out of Money Soon

WhatsApp's Snapchat "Stories" clone called "Status" has also hit 450 million daily users

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With just $1.4 billion in its kitty at the end of third quarter results, the already struggling multimedia messaging platform Snapchat could even lose $1.5 billion in 2019, analysts have predicted.

Snapchat lost nearly 2 million daily active users in the third quarter this year and now has 186 million daily users.

“Snapchat could run out of money well before it’s projected to break even in 2020 or 2021,” TechCrunch reported on Sunday, quoting market research firm MoffetNathanson.

Snapchat’s daily active users number shrank 1.5 per cent to 188 million in the second quarter of 2018, down from 191 million in the first quarter this year.

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It appears that Facebook-owned Instagram “Stories” has stalled Snapchat’s growth.

More than 400 million people use Instagram’s “Stories” feature daily to post photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours.

WhatsApp’s Snapchat “Stories” clone called “Status” has also hit 450 million daily users.

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“Snap did successfully reduce the rate of its free cash flow burn from a loss of $234 million in Q2 2018 to a loss of $159 million in Q3.

“But unless Snap bounces back, it will still need either an investor or acquirer to come to its aid by 2020,” the report added. (IANS)