And just like that, Snapchat adds a feature that allows others on the platform to see your exact location. The latest update of Snapchat includes the introduction of Snap Map which is their real time location sharing feature. Every time a person posts a snap, it places it on the map at the exact location it was taken. (Since people post live, that means it reveals their location at that time.) And the update automatically installs with Snap Map enabled, so if you don’t know to turn it off, it will be active from the update forward.
The in app ad for the feature makes it look fun when you see a group of twenty-somethings searching for their friends on a evening out downtown. Check it out here…
Here is how to put Snap Map into ghost mode.
First, make sure that you have the most recent version of Snapchat. This feature is only present in the newest version of the app.
Next, open the app as if you are going to take a photo to post.
Using your finger and thumb, pinch the screen by bringing your finger and thumb together to reveal the map.
Click on the “Me” bar at the bottom and the settings screen will pop up.
You can then adjust the settings to your liking. You can select the friends option or ghost mode to completely hide your location. If your settings gear in the upper right corner shows a small ghost, you are in ghost mode and no one can see where you are.
Many parents don’t have Snapchat themselves (and with the way this was rolled out, even those who do have Snapchat may not be aware). Word of mouth seems to be the only way parents are finding out about this change so please take a moment and share this information with your friends – click one of the social share buttons on the left to share to your Facebook or Twitter. Or copy the URL and send this post via email. Just get the word out so parents can make educated decisions about this change and have a conversation with their kids about the dangers of location-based apps.