The Jakarta Post
Now available in a web version, Snap Map says it aims to enable everyone to have a look at events happening around them. (Shutterstock/-)
After Snapchat released its Snap Map last year, laying out public stories on a global map, the social media app has opened up the feature for web viewing, allowing even those without an account to view updates shared publicly.
Now available on a web version, Snap Map says it aims to enable everyone to have a look at events happening around them. The in-app version had already become a tool for discovery and engagement during breaking news events, according to the company.
Snap Map is now available on the web. (Snapchat via dailysocial.id/File)
The web version of Snap Map can now also be embedded into other websites, as Snapchat hopes it will become a resource for media outlets.
At the same time, the new platform now allows everyone to see what Snapchat offers, subsequently becoming a way for it to attract more new users, according to dailysocial.id.
It is to be noted, however, that only stories that have been set to be shared publicly through Snap to Our Story will be uploaded to Snap Map. Furthermore, the platform also moderates its content before it is loaded onto Snap Map. It also will not show users' locations through their Actionmojis.
Snapchat's opening up of its Snap Map on a web version is a rare move for the popular social media platform, following in the steps of other apps. Instagram, for example, has brought more of its features to the web, with users now also being able to view stories outside of their phones and app-hosting gadgets. (liz/kes)