MAPPED: You'll be able to see Snaps all over the world thanks to Snapchats new online feature
Avid Snapchatters are being given the chance to share their content with people who (for whatever reason) have not already been caught up in the massive photo and video sharing app.
Dubbed 'Snap Map', the service was launched in June 2017 as an in-app feature which allowed users to take a look at what people around the world have been posting via an interactive map.
The new tool was embraced by users and used as a medium to discover breaking news, different cultures, and even watching concerts and major evens through other people's posts.
All this success persuaded Snapchat to open out the service to the wider population, creating map.snapchat.com which allows anyone with an internet connection to view Snap Map’s public content.
In a statement from the company they said: "We hope these new tools will be a valuable resource for media organisations and anyone who wants to learn more about the world around them through Snapchat."
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“We hope these new tools will be a valuable resource”
To give Snapchat's new feature a whirl, all users have to do is visit the site here: map.snapchat.com where all you have to do is clock on a location to see publicly submitted Snaps.
The map has been carefully created, and users are promised a variety of content from curated Our Stories, which have been edited by teams of producers at Snapchat, to Map Stories, which are algorithmically generated.
Users also get to see coloured spots, called “heat,” which shows Snaps that are being submitted by Snapchatters in certain locations, but haven’t been edited into a Story.
Being able to see so many people's submitted information brings up a lot of questions about privacy, but Snapchat claims to have that covered.
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A company spokesman said: "The privacy of Snapchatters has always been extremely important to us.
"The only Snaps that can be viewed on the Map are ones that users have opted to share publicly by submitting their Snap to Our Story.
"The Map will only feature public content, and will not show users’ locations through their Actionmojis and all of the content on the Map undergoes moderation before being featured to help ensure content doesn’t violate our community guidelines."
So Snapchat is taking a lot of precautions to make sure users are safe when they submit information, but such a new feature means only time will tell before we know for sure.
Either way, if you're in the mood for some exploring, Snapchat just gave you the perfect excuse.