In case you’ve yet to hear the news, there some new 2017 Snapchat updates out there that are offering users a variety of fun new experiences. Whether you’ve yet to discover the newest Snap Map feature or the joy of being able to set your videos to play on loop, here you’ll find a crash course in the newest 2017 Snapchat updates.
You’ll also discover the importance of the Bitmoji when it comes the latest versions of Snapchat as well as some considerations you need to know if you’re kids are Snappers, especially if you’re unfamiliar with some of the latest updates. So come on in and get a load of some of the top 2017 Snapchat updates and what they mean for you as a user, or just as the parent of one.
Perhaps Snapchat’s biggest update this year, or arguably ever, is the June addition of a feature called Snap Map. Promoted as encouragement for people to get out into the world and interact with friends rather than just share your lives on a computer screen, the app allows users access to a super accurate location sharing feature. By sharing your location, either publically or with friends, those who you chose to allow to see your updates can find not only the building you’re located in but your position within.
As Snap writes on it’s blog , “We’ve built a whole new way to explore the world! See what’s happening, find your friends, and get inspired to go on an adventure!.”
The new feature was made possible by Snapchat’s acquisitionof the social map Zenly for somewhere in the area of $250-350 million, but doesn’t come without user concerns.
While Snapchat stresses that Snap map is an opt-in feature that is not a default setting for all users, many parents are concerned that the feature is a kidnapper’s dream that children may use without considering the implications of sharing their location with the public. While it is indeed innovative and may be a fun thing to share among friends, just be sure to consider the unexpected consequences of announcing to everyone on your friends list exactly where you live or notifying them that you’re house in unattended while you’re out of town for that matter.
This Year's Updated Snap Search
As of this year, you’ll now be able to see the search bar on the camera screen, chat screen, and on Stories, making it easier to find friends, groups, and new contacts that ever before. All you have to do to use the search is tap on it, at which point you can either select Quick Chat options from the top or type in the name of a friend. You can also swipe left or right at the bottom to seek out recent contacts, new friends, or an option to find new contacts.
When you type the name of the person you’re looking for, you’ll also see the groups they belong to as well as potential new friends. These updates have made it a lot quicker and easier to access friends and groups, or even go back to your own profile by just tapping your Bitmoji.
The Snapchat Bitmoji Takeover
If you don’t currently have a Bitmoji, now’s a time to get rid of the ghost that will appear in its place, as now your Bitmoji appears all across your Snapchat profile and search results. Even if you don’t use the character outside of Snapchat, why not get one simply to enhance your snapping experience?
Global or Group Snapchat Stories
If you like staying in touch with global news, you’re in luck because you can now take place in global Snapchat Stories without actually being anywhere near where the story is taking place.
On the otherhand, as of May Snapchat announced the introduction of custom stories that you can limit to a specific set of friends or to your contacts and their friends within a specific area. Customized stories more or less work like other Snapchat stories, but will disappear if no one in the group offers an update within a 24 hour timeframe.
If you chose to make your custom story non-geofenced, you can invite specific people to contribute while inviting others to watch but without the ability to add their own snaps. If you chose to make it geofenced however, you can either chose to let everyone within a certain area contribute or limit it so that friends and their friends can join in, which is good for places like weddings where you may be hanging out with people who aren’t already in your direct friends group.
Other big changes Snapchat rolled out this May were the introduction of both the Magic Eraser tool (located under the scissor tool) as well as the new infinity timer setting.
Snap announced in a press release “We’ve all felt the frustration of not being able to fully enjoy a Snap – even after replaying it – and we wanted to give you the option of allowing the recipient to enjoy your Snap as long as they’d like. After your friend finishes viewing the Snap and taps to close it, it will delete as usual.”
Snap has also added a new Loop tool so that you can chose to decide if your videos play only once or will repeat on loop until your friend decides to tap on the next Snap.
We hope you enjoy these new Snapchat tools and as always- please Snap responsibly!
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