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Here's how to control who can see you on Snapchat's new Snap Map

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Move, Instagram: Snapchat is back.

After months of headlines touting the dominance of Instagram Stories, Snapchat is launching a new feature that could get people back to the app: Snap Map.

With a pinch of the screen of your Snapchat camera, you can share your current location, find your friends and explore the major events happening around the world.

Once you open the map, your friends will appear in the form of their BitMoji avatars. Tap on their BitMoji will open their story and allow you to send them a message directly to say hello or make plans.

You can also see and tap on "heat maps" where a lot of Snaps are downloaded, which potentially indicates a big concert or festival in this region.

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Predictable, the Internet has already lost its mind on Snap Map.

But others wondered how this feature could be exploited to track or even track down the movements of another user.

Facebook Messenger released a similar location-sharing service in March, but this feature only allows users to share their location with a friend or newsgroup for up to one hour.

There are ways to control who can (and can not) see you on Snap Map. Once you have access to this feature, Snapchat will ask you if you want to share your location with all your friends, friends, or if you leave the map completely with Ghost Mode.

You can update your location preferences at any time by tapping your Bitmoji or by selecting the settings icon in the upper right corner.

If you do not want to enable location sharing, but still want to see what your friends are doing, you can stay in ghost mode and still see the location of your friends on the map.

Will this new feature help Snapchat to increase the popularity of the app after falling behind the 250 million daily users of Instagram Stories?

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We'll have to wait to see which app wins in the battle for users. Until then, if you're trying instant mapping, tell us what you think.

Haley Samsel is a student of the American University and digital producer USA TODAY.

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