What is the Unique Feature of Snapchat?

If you find the most unique feature of Snapchat, then it is the Snap Map which is a global map showing you stories of people around the world and where your friends currently are. In June 2017, Snapchat made recent updates which make the app feel entirely new where not only you can use a social tool but also now be a part of the more meaningful conversation around news and events.

Unique Feature of Snapchat – Snap Map

Unique Feature of Snapchat
What is Snap Map

Snap Map is thus Snapchat’s latest feature that lets you share your location with your Snapchat friends, view their location on a map, and update when you open the photo messaging app. The new feature will be available today to all iOS and Android Snapchat users across the globe.

On the Snap Map, you’ll see Bitmoji, which Snapchat now calls Actionmoji, across the map. Actionmoji is friends and family who are sharing their location with you. The Actionmoji might change depending on their location, time of day, and how fast they’re going. Like if your friend is in the car you might see an Actionmoji of your friend driving. If you post a snap to the Our Story feature, your snap might be featured on the map for 24 hours.

It is not that your privacy is not maintained as there is an option to turn off this feature called the Ghost mode but you can turn it on and select certain friends to share your location with. Your location also only updates while the app is open. If the app isn’t open for a few hours, your Actionmoji will disappear. But, if you do see a friend’s Actionmoji on the map, you can tap on their icon to start a chat, as well as a loop in other friends to begin a group chat.

You’ll also notice areas on the map that appear in red or soft blue. Those are places where people are snapping and submitting to the Our Story feature. It might be a popular tourist destination or something related to breaking news.

What are the lingos used?

What are the lingos used
What are the lingos used

Many reports said that the bulk of Snapchat’s users is millennials and Gen-Zers.

As a result of younger users, the app has created a number of different unique terms and names for its features, from “snaps” to “story”. In case you are not sure about the meaning and use of these lingos, you should really read the below roster of Snapchat lingos before you move on to how the app actually works.

Snapchatter: One of the most common, it means a user of Snapchat.

Snap: Taking a photo or video or receiving a photo or video, is known as a “snap”. So, when someone asks you to snap them, they are asking you to send them a photo or video through Snapchat, or even a message through the app’s chat function. The Snapchat app is also colloquially referred to as “Snap”, as is the app’s developer/public company.

Snapback: This term was more popular when Snapchat launched, but it’s faded since. Nevertheless, if you’ve heard it, just know that it simply means a reply to a snap. So, if you Snapback, you’re just replying to a private one-on-one snap that you’ve received.

Snap: When you take a photo or video or receive a photo or video, it is known as a “snap”. So, when someone asks you to snap them, they are asking you to send them a photo or video through Snapchat, or even a message through the app’s chat function. The Snapchat app itself is also colloquially referred to as “Snap”, as is the app’s a developer/public company.

Story: You can combine snaps together and post them as you capture them. They’ll appear to your followers as a “story” reel. They can tap through your story and watch every snap to experience your entire day. A reel can only be played back for 24 hours after which, it disappears for good, though you can always save your entire story or an individual snap from your story, to the Memory section – aka private storage – of your Snapchat to keep forever.

Snapcode: It is a scannable code that makes adding new friends even easier. Your Snapcode, which is similar to a QR code, can be located on the Profile screen. You can access it by tapping the ghost icon or your Bitmoji in the corner of the Camera screen.

Score: Ever notice that number next to a friend’s handle on Snapchat? It’s a score – an equation combining the number of snaps they’ve sent and received, stories they’ve posted, and other factors. You can find a friend’s score when you hold down a friend’s name in your contact list, story feed, or chat area. And you can find yours under your Snapcode located in the centre of your Profile screen. The higher your score, the more you are likely to use Snapchat.

Snapstreak: Some of your friends or the people you follow might have different emojis next to their Snapchat names in the Chat section of your Snapchat. That means they’re on a streak, or Snapstreak, with you. In other words, you and that friend or friends have snapped at each other (not including chat messaging) within 24 hours for more than one consecutive day. You can find a comprehensive list of what each friend emoji means, go to Settings > Manage > Friend Emojis.

Trophy case: You might get a notification from Snapchat of a new trophy you’ve earned, and tapping that notification will take you to your trophy case, which holds all the trophies for milestones you’ve achieved as a Snapchat user. From sending a snap with a filter to sending 50 snaps with five or more pen colours, trophies encourage user interaction and content creation.

Lenses: You can make snaps even more fun by adding augmented reality-based special effects and sounds, with a feature called Lenses. To activate lenses, go to the Camera screen in Snapchat, then long-press on your face in the camera view, and lenses should appear in a row next to the capture button. Swipe around to select the lens you want, and then tap the capture button to take a snap with it. Popular lenses include the ‘rainbow puke’ and ‘dog with tongue’.

How to use Snap Map on Snap Chat

To get started, zoom out of the Snapchat camera to access Snap Map.

How to use Snap Map on Snap Chat

You’ll see the above screen the first time you try this and after updating the app. Now select who to share your location with or stay in Ghost Mode.

Find your friends

As said above you can always go back and change location-sharing settings.  Add a snap to Our Story and potentially see it on the Snap Map.

On the map, you’ll see popular places that have plenty of snaps submitted by users.

Find your friends and zoom
Find your friends and zoom

If you see a particular area that’s red or slightly blue, zoom in!

It might be a tourist destination or somewhere that’s getting a lot of submissions via Our Story. Zoom out and see more popular areas. You’ll see popular tourist destinations and locations with snaps. Or zoom out and see what’s happening across the world.

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Kamal Kaur