Instagram's Upcoming Feature Allows Users To Track Friends' Locations, Akin To Snapchat Map

Instagram is working on a feature called "Friend Map." This feature lets you see where your friends are on a map. Alessandro Paluzzi, a software developer, first found this feature and shared a screenshot on X a few months ago. He often finds new Instagram features before they're officially announced.

Recently, Paluzzi shared more screenshots of the "Friend Map" on Threads and X. These images show you can choose who sees your location. There's also a "Ghost mode" for times you don't want to share where you are. The feature keeps your location safe with end-to-end encryption.

"Friend Map" seems similar to Snap’s "Snap Map." You can even leave notes on the map, like telling friends about a cool event or that you're out shopping.

It's still unclear if "Friend Map" will be added to Instagram for everyone. The feature is still being worked on.

On the other hand, as per Ahmed Ghanem, Instagram is also testing new ways to make live streams more interactive. Creators can now use "This or That" prompts or "Trivia" games to get viewers talking and engaging more during live videos.

Meta, Instagram's parent company, wants live streaming to be a bigger deal for creators. They're slowly letting more creators get "Stars" from viewers during live streams. This is a way for creators to make money from their videos. Instagram also made it easier to go live from computers in December.

Live streaming is huge in China, especially for shopping. It hasn't become as popular in the West yet. But with TikTok and YouTube pushing live videos, Instagram is adding new features to keep up. They hope live streaming games and other interactive tools will help build community and maybe even help creators sell more.

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