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After controversial new update, SnapChat launches new online map feature

SnapChat has taken its popular Snap Map feature online.

The feature, which lets users view publicly-shared content pinpointed on a map in real-time, .

If SnapChat detects a group of your contacts together on the Map, it will surface the option to kick-off a Group Chat.

By default, SnapChat users will not appear on the Snap Map.

However, if your friends have decided to share their location, they will be presented by ActionMojis – a new type of Bitmoji that incorporates users’ location, time of day, or speed of travel to infer the best Actionmoji.

Examples include at the beach, walking through an airport, sitting and listening to music. Actionmoji only updates when the SnapChat is opened.

Following the announcement earlier this week, Snap Map is now available for anyone to see at map.snapchat.com.

Users can click-and-drag to navigate the map, which is populated with local landmarks, eateries, and cafes.

Snap Map uses a heat map-style user interface to highlight the areas of highest activity.

However, users can click almost anywhere to see whether a publicly-shared post was shared from that location.

The map also includes Stories curated by a dedicated team of producers at Snapchat.

The Snap Map can be embedded directly into third-party websites, with public content available to view within the embedded window.

SnapChat’s new online feature comes weeks after the US company .

The new update redesigns the Stories page, which showcases photos and videos from friends, as well as content from professional publishers.

These ephemeral stories appeared for 24 hours before they are permanently deleted from the messenger.

In its , SnapChat has dropped its dedicated Stories page – dropping the content amongst private messages in a single feed.

Snapchat’s official support account on Twitter has been furiously replying to enraged users.

One user tweeted: “The new update to Snapchat makes my brain hurts… if I wanted to watch a bunch of paid commercials I would turn on my TV.

“Time to switch over to instagram stories permanently”

SnapChat’s support account was quick to reply, “Sorry to hear you feel this way. If you have any questions about the new design let us know!”

Another added: “For the love of god remove the new update. Didn’t even want it but somehow me and my friends got it anyways.

“Don’t wanna see strangers stories, I use it to interact with IRL friends not the entire planet. The new story design is dumb, makes no sense.”

One SnapChat fan tweeted: “Just randomly updated even though I didn’t want the update, sorry but it’s really annoying please bring back the old Snapchat!”

Again, SnapChat’s support account had a reply to hand: “Some new features require updating Snapchat on your device’s app store, while others can update without it.

“An update as big as this one can take a little getting used to, but we hope you’ll enjoy it once you settle in”

According to data supplied to TechCrunch, 83 per cent of App Store reviews (1,941) for the new update are negative with one or two stars.

Snapchat has over 10 million daily users in the UK.

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