09 February 2018
Snapchat has now announced the expansion of Snap Map to the web and beyond the smartphone app. It means Snap Map can now be accessed and browsed using a web browser with no restrictions of using the same on a smartphone. This new announcement seems to be a part of Snapchat's plan of expanding the platform beyond apps so that it can get more exposure.
Snap Map debuted last year as a Snapchat app feature which allowed users to know what their friends are up to by having a look at the map. It goes without saying that it shows only those Snaps which have been tagged to a location. But with the expansion of the feature to web browsers, those snaps can now be seen by almost everyone instead of just being restricted to Snapchat users earlier. It is worth mentioning that snaps available on Snap Map can also be embedded like you embed a tweet or Instagram post.
As for using Snap Map on the web, you simply need to visit the dedicated web page available on the official Snapchat website. It will show your current location on the map but you can also search for any particular location using the search bar at the top left corner. If there are any snaps available at the location you are looking at, you will see them on the map. For each snap, you will get some information so that you can get an idea what the snap is about. It should be noted that Snapchat hides the username of the user who posted snap for privacy reasons.
Clicking on any snap will start playing it like it happens on the Snapchat app. For the selected snap, you will have options to share, embed, and report it. These three options are available all the snaps that you will see on the map.
Snap Map is the second feature that Snapchat has expanded beyond smartphone apps. Earlier, it announced that users can share their Snapchat stories outside the app. Once a story was shared, other people can see it on a mobile or desktop browser.