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Arianna Avila, Staff Writer

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Throughout the years, programmers and companies  have created different social media apps for people all around the world to use. In September of 2011, Snap inc. has created a picture messaging app called Snapchat. This is an app that can be found on many teenagers phones. Everyone is familiar with the little white ghost that greets us every time we open the app!

However, Snap inc. has recently created a new feature that made the users of Snapchat go into a frenzy. This now popular feature is called Snap map! It allows you to share your current location with your Snapchat friends and family. With just a pinch of your finger tips on Snap’s camera screen you can open up snap map. From there, you are able to scroll around to see where your friends are, even if they’re across the world! Not only can you see if your friends are close by, but you can also tap on their BitMoji avatar to open up their stories or message them. Snap inc. has decided to take it one step further and added a heat map overlay on the map itself. This little addition on the map allows you to see a lot of stories that involve that area. It might be from a concert, fair, or even a landmark! If you are truly interested with what stories are going on, you can click the spot and check it out for yourself. This is what makes the new feature an amazing app.

Many might find this feature frightening, dangerous, or even insane. What if someone tries to stalk you? What if this feature puts you in danger? Snap Inc. has your back. Not only have they created this amazing feature, they have also made it so you can go incognito. You are able to put yourself on ghost mode. This ensures that you are hidden from the people on your friends list. Not only can you put yourself on ghost mode, but only the people you added on snap can look and find you. No random stranger can start stalking you. Snap inc. has even commented on a question asked by an interviewer. They stated that, “Snap map is designed for enhancing connections between people and their closest friends.” Snap inc. has obviously created the Snap map feature just to make it easier to find your friends and communicate better.

Snapchat has become an extremely popular app that many use today. It’s only fair that the users get the best. As long as you take precautions to what you post or who you add, then you should be fine. Snapchat is meant to be safe and easy to use. Snap inc. has made it one of their priorities to make their app safe.

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