Snapchat is rolling out a new buddy system-like feature that may enable customers to share with a good friend their real-time location for quarter-hour or a few hours, the corporate introduced on Friday. The new international feature is meant to assist customers look out for his or her mates as they proceed to renew their social life, return to campus or start to journey once more. It can be utilized for day-to-day issues like ensuring your good friend will get house protected at evening.
Users can solely share their real-time location with particular person mates. Snapchat says that for security causes, there isn’t an choice for customers to ship their real-time location particulars to all of their Snapchat mates. The firm additionally notes that each events have to just accept one another as mates on Snapchat earlier than they’ll share their location. When customers resolve the activate the feature, they’ll be prompted with a reminder that the device is meant for use with shut family and friends solely.
Since 2017, the app has given customers the choice to share their location with their mates on the Snap Map when utilizing Snapchat. Now, 250 million individuals use the Map to attach with their mates every month. The firm says this new real-time feature was constructed on suggestions from customers about how they have been utilizing Snap Map with their mates. It notes that 78% of Snapchat customers within the United States say they aren’t hesitant to share their location on the Snap Map and that they achieve this as a result of they suppose it’s a protected solution to keep linked with others.
The firm is releasing the new feature as a part of a broader partnership with It’s On Us, a nationwide nonprofit devoted to combating campus sexual assault. In addition to the new feature, the app will even publish a new PSA targeted on growing bystander consciousness.
The launch of the new feature comes a day after Snapchat announced that customers will be capable to change their usernames beginning February twenty third. The username change received’t affect facets of customers’ accounts, akin to their good friend lists, Snap codes, Snap scores, reminiscences, and many others. You received’t be capable to choose usernames which have already been used and you may solely change your username as soon as a yr.