Snap Map

A whole new way to explore the world, by Snapchat

#2 Product of the DayJune 21, 2017



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Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Very Pokémon-like. Prediction: Snap acquires Foursquare next year.
Elliot Volkman@elliot_s_volkman · Tech Reporter and Gadget Reviewer
@rrhoover I could see that happening. Certainly some real revenue for local biz with that.
Rich Brown@designrichly · Director, Product & UX at Etsy, Paris
@rrhoover Acquires or acquired by? Not a bad shout either way
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
@designrichly typo! Fixed to "acquires".
David Gold@gavid_dold · Currently @dropbox, previously @citi
@rrhoover I see your predication and raise you one: Airbnb acquires Foursquare
Shiladitya M@shiladitya · Founder, Pointshelf
@rrhoover would be the best thing to happen to both of them I think, definitely see the value on both ends
Itzel Yrev@itzel_yrev · Marketing @ Chanel
@rrhoover now the acquisition of Vurb and Placed starts to make sense 🤔
Chad Whitaker@chadwhitaker · Design at Product Hunt
@rrhoover /remindmebot 1 year from today 😁
Lex Valishvili@lexvalishvili · UX / UI Designer
@rrhoover i'd agree with the prediction! or at least something similar to Foursquare! And it's a long time coming, since Instagram is pushing hard on the geo-hashtags and stories
Lyondhur@lyondhur · SM UX/IxD Designer ProdDev & Scrum Coach
@rrhoover someone HAS TO acquire Foursquare anytime soon.
Alessandro Schiassi@alessandro_schiassi · CEO & Founder at Magnetic Field, Inc.
@rrhoover And very Magnet-like, too!
Nick Zieber@nzieber · Tech & Startups Community in Hong Kong
@rrhoover I genuinely love Foursquare, but feel they could be doing more to advance various aspects of product. Snapchat could influence them in a good direction.
Aleksei@alekseizee · All things design
@gavid_dold how about FB acquires Airbnb
Arda YamanHiring@arda_yaman · Rebel @peek
@rrhoover lol I'm so glad we made peek. people deserve better promo videos.
Daniel.@danielrakh · Product Designer | iOS Developer
Thing to note here is that only Snap can really pull this off. This is Snap doubling down on it's strength - intimacy. You only want to share your location with your closest. This will not work on IG or FB because your friend graph isn't intimate enough on those platforms.
Daniel.@danielrakh · Product Designer | iOS Developer
Also on a side note the use of Bitmoji is genius as it helps alleviate the creepiness factor of it all and not make into a "serious" thing. Gives it a playfulness factor not to mention a whole variety of things to share vs just your face on a map.
Gordon TindallHiring@_gordee · Design | @Kamcord
@danielrakh Instagram use to have a photo map. It was pretty awesome. Had they kept it, they would have naturally added stories to the map as well. This is evident in the fact that they have location specific stories.
Gordon TindallHiring@_gordee · Design | @Kamcord
@danielrakh Also, facebook has a similar feature for live.
Daniel.@danielrakh · Product Designer | iOS Developer
@_gordee those are completely different features. This is live location sharing with friends which will eventually bloom into many more features...not geotagging.
Gordon TindallHiring@_gordee · Design | @Kamcord
@danielrakh Snap Maps is more than just location sharing with friends. Its mostly public content discovery. Tap anywhere on the map and see snaps that have been contributed to "Our Story" from total strangers. 90% of users will barely have any friends using the feature to make it worth while. Additionally facebook has live location sharing and will ping you any time friends are "nearby".
Daniel.@danielrakh · Product Designer | iOS Developer
@_gordee the public content discovery is secondary..its first and foremost a spin on your top friends list. Watch their promo video above for what use case they're going for. Facebook's live location sharing is creepy and out of context and pretty much no one opts to use it outside of SV.
Gordon TindallHiring@_gordee · Design | @Kamcord
@danielrakh It really doesn't matter what the promo video is trying to sell users. What matters is how the product will actually be used by a majority of the user base. This will be used primarily the same way search is used to discover what is going on around you but in a more visual, more easily consumed manner. The secondary use case will be what your friends are doing for the reasons I mentioned previously. Additionally, most people don't want to share their location, even with their friends. There are many reasons for this from psychology to battery life issues.
Daniel.@danielrakh · Product Designer | iOS Developer
@_gordee "it doesn't matter what the product team from Snap who worked on this feature and did testing on have intended it to be used for, what matters is what I THINK it will be used for based on failed products from other social apps, my personal knowledge of "psychology" and battery life issues." Are you really that pompous?
Gordon TindallHiring@_gordee · Design | @Kamcord
@danielrakh You made a lot of assumptions about my understanding of the space, but I'll ignore that for now. When we design products, even after we test them, what we as designers/product people think doesn't matter. This is true for any product. The only thing that matters is how users will actually use a product. You can already see how Snap Maps is being used — as a content discovery and consumption tool. This can be seen by how they highlight specific stories and the use of the heat map.
William W. L. Li@william_w_l_li · Fullstack Developer.
@_gordee @danielrakh IG will enable their map back soon.
Gabriel Lewis@gabriel__lewis · 🤔
How long till Instagram copies?
Faisal Hassan@faisal_hassanx
@gabriel__lewis Give it a month.
Troy Osinoff@yo · Angel Investor
@gabriel__lewis Doesn't Instagram have a map feature currently for your photos? Shouldn't be too hard to add over instagram stories to it! They already have location stories when you search.
Marcelo Risoli@mgrisoli · Web app developer
@gabriel__lewis maps on instagram! maps on facebook! maps on messenger! maps on whatsapp!
Alex H@metalhaze · UX Designer
@yo @gabriel__lewis They used to have a personal map that would show you a location on a map of where you took all your photos. It was for your eyes only. And they removed the feature! haha....Looks like it's making a comeback!
joshua bradley@airjoshb · Celebrating people, making life better.
@gabriel__lewis Queue the Instagram update notice...
Matthew Usdin@matman · Tech-geek & Designer
@yo @gabriel__lewis instagram shut down their map two years ago. You can still see your own photos but you can't see other users photos' on map. I miss that feature
David Lin@davidlincanada · Marketer looking for next opportunity
@gabriel__lewis They can't because they're a different social graph.
Ankush Dharkar@ankushdharkar · Technical Founder, YUDEK
Josh Huff@revhuff · Head of Business Development, uZoom
Friend- "Hey did you see SC added a map? It looks kind of like that app you work for." Me- " "
Itzel Yrev@itzel_yrev · Marketing @ Chanel
@revhuff same feeling of my friends at Quiver 😅
jeff!@the_real_jw · larry bird parody account
@revhuff FYI i just signed up for uZoom via the website. downloaded the app and tried to sign in only to get this error "Please enter a valid email address." I am using a email address. i have received the confirmation email so my email was accepted on setup.
Josh Huff@revhuff · Head of Business Development, uZoom
@the_real_jw sadly at this time our current version does not recognize the "+" as a valid character. I have a solution that could work though, feel free to email me at so we can get this sorted out.
Lucas Didier@lucdid · Product manager
It looks a lot like Zenly ->
Walid Ellec@watweet · Product Manager at Heetch
Came here to see that
Alex H@metalhaze · UX Designer
@lucdid I love the TechCrunch quote on their website "Is this app the next Snapchat?!" -- haha NOPE