Instagram Set to Introduce ‘’Friend Map’’ Feature for Real-Time Location Sharing.

Instagram Set to Introduce ‘'Friend Map’' Feature for Real-Time Location Sharing

Instagram Set to Introduce ‘'Friend Map’' Feature for Real-Time Location Sharing

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In the fast-paced world of social media, Meta-owned Instagram continues to be a key player in helping us stay connected with friends and family. Instagram is preparing to launch a feature called ‘Friend Map’, similar to Snapchat’s Snap Map.

Alessandro Paluzzi, known for uncovering Instagram features ahead of official announcements, recently shared ”screenshots of the upcoming ‘Friend Map’ feature on Threads”  Based on these images, the Friend Map feature will allow users to see their friends’ locations on a map, providing an engaging way to stay connected.

This new feature will allow ”Users to leave location-based notes, sharing updates about what’s happening around them.”

Privacy is a top priority, as users will have the option to control who can see their location on the map. Choices include sharing with followers who are also followed back or sharing the last active location exclusively with Close Friends.

Crucially, the location data is set to be end-to-end encrypted, ensuring secure communication. Additionally, the Friend Map will only update when the user opens the Instagram app, maintaining control over when and how often the location is shared.

Similar to Snapchat’s Snap Map, Instagram’s ‘Friend Map’ is anticipated to feature a ‘Ghost mode,’ allowing users to conceal their last active location. This thoughtful inclusion of privacy options demonstrates Instagram’s commitment to giving users control over their personal information.

This new feature not only ensures enhanced privacy but also provides a valuable tool for users to stay informed about their friends’ activities and whereabouts in real time. By offering such control and real-time connectivity, ”Instagram’s ‘Friend Map’ aims to foster closer relationships among its user base. Stay tuned for this exciting update, bringing a new dimension to the Instagram experience.” 

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