Instagram is establishing a “Friend Map” function, a Meta representative verified to For Millionaires on Monday. The feature that is opt-in which is similar to Snapchat’s Snap Map, would allow users to see their friends’ locations in real time. The company says the feature is an prototype that is internal is not tested externally. The feature was initially spotted by reverse engineer Alessandro Paluzzi, whom frequently discovers social media marketing functions in development in front of their launch. that is official

If Instagram plans to officially launch the Friend Map, it would be copying yet another feature that is popular Snapchat, after cloning the app’s core tales functionality back 2016. Instagram would be coming for Apple and its particular “Find My” chart function that allows users see where people they know and household are situated. Another reason to spend more time on its app, and less on other companies’ services.screenshotsInstagram with this new feature, Instagram would be giving its users also has an opportunity to appeal to people who were fans of Zenly, a social map app that Snap acquired and then shut down year.

According that is last To* that is( posted on Threads by Paluzzi, Instagram’s Friend Map would allow users to choose who can see their location. The screenshots also indicate that location data would be end-to-end encrypted. You could choose to share your location with followers who follow you back, your friends that are“Close list or no body after all. The chart would additionally feature a “Ghost Mode” environment that could conceal your final location that is active

 

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The Friend Map would allow users to leave messages that are short or “Notes,” in the chart for other people to see. Instagram Notes are the quick emails that look towards the top of your messaging that is direct feed but if the Friend Map rolls out, users would have the option to post these short updates on the map. The Notes functionality on the map could be used to do things like notify your friends about a fun pop-up shop you came across or a restaurant that is new you’re presently consuming at.(*)The news comes as Instagram is attempting to improve its in-app chart providing. In belated 2022, the organization launched a searchable map experience that permitted people to explore preferred locations that are tagged them and filter location results by specific categories including restaurants, cafes and beauty salons. The launch of the searchable map came a week after Google’s Senior Vice President Prabhakar Raghavan stated that young users were turning to apps like Instagram and TikTok instead of Google Search or Maps when looking to discover places that are new(*)After cutting into certainly one of Google’s core organizations, Instagram may be looking to now undertake Snapchat and Apple featuring its Friend Map.(*)