Snapchat seems to be finally paying attention to users’ requests and protests against the social media platform’s privacy-invasive features. Last June, when Snapchat launched its always-on broadcasting Snap Map, there occurred a huge furor among many users who were not happy with this creepy feature. Now, Snapchat is rolling out a new Snapchat Send and Request Location feature that sends your location information only to your desired contacts.
The earlier Snap Map tool was always on and would automatically broadcast your location to all your contacts. That’s pretty creepy, isn’t it? Obviously there needed to be done for this location broadcasting before a large number of users were found it impossible to be on the platform anymore. Snap Map is, undoubtedly, an impressive feature introduced by the social network but the fact remains that no one wants to share their information always with others.
But the Snapchat Send and Request Location feature saves you from this mess and security threat. It provides users with more control over when and with whom they want to share their location information. This latest feature seems to be bringing those back to Snapchat who left the app scared off.
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Besides, the duration of the sharing information also limited. It’s not forever that your information will be shared with others. On the other hand, your location sharing will automatically stop after 8 hours of your opening the app, retaining Snapchat’s trademark ephemeral sharing personality. Also, you can manually cancel location sharing anytime you wish and with anyone.
The first thing needed for this Snapchat Send and Request Location sharing is that you both have to follow each other. To use this feature, simply tap and hold your contact’s name. Alternatively, you can also tap the tri-bar icon on a chat thread to get to this feature. What’s best is that you can disable this feature to stop requests for those who are spamming you.
What is that you loved or hated most about Snap Map? Are you happy with Snapchat’s redesign? If not, which redesign feature of Snapchat vexes you the most. Share your thoughts via comments.
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