Snapchat recently released a new update for the app that includes a map feature where you can see where your friends on the app are. While it is a neat thing to be able to see where people are at when sharing a story,
I have a few concerns about the new feature and how it works.
The first thing I am worried about is the amount of detail that the map goes into. If one of my friends were to find me on the map, they would be able to determine the exact street I am on, and where I am at along that street. The amount of detail that the feature goes into makes it more interesting, however I wish that it didn't go into so much detail. If it just showed that I was in the general area of where I live without the streets being laid out that would be more desirable in my opinion.
Another feature that worries me it that if a kid has an account on Snapchat without their parent's supervision that they won't have the correct privacy options selected. They could have an account that is open for anyone to add them and see their stories, and, if they aren't careful, they can make it so that anyone can see their location on the map even if they don't want them to. This could be dangerous for unsupervised children since anyone can see exactly where they are.
Overall, I think that the idea of the new feature was interesting but I hope that they will make a new update that makes the feature more private in terms of the location of individuals on the app and what the options are for allowing the visibility of an individual's location.