The Snap Inc. Snapchat application is displayed on an Apple Inc. iPhone in an arranged photograph taken in Tiskilwa, Illinois, U.S., on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. Snap Inc. is scheduled to release earnings figures on February 5. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Snapchat is testing a number of check-ins in Foursquare
Snapchat tried several methods to get ahead of Instagram, but the latest version is clearly outdated. Renowned developer code Jane Manchun Wong discovered Snapchat Status, a function that will cecinit you in style Foursquare (or rather, the Swarm) on the Snap Map to not only show where you are, but also to signal their intentions through Bimoji characters. You can indicate that you are close, but hang out, for example, with family or far away but willing to chat.

Privacy will play an important role. Registration will only work between people who have shared their location. You can also go in “Ghost mode” when you want to temporarily be unavailable. You can find out who saw your location or status.

Snap confirmed to TechCrunch that it is testing, but stressed that the feature is only available for the “percent” of Australian users. There is no guarantee that this feature will become widely available.

It may make sense to add this to Snapchat. Status will not only provide the reason for return in the app, but will provide a Snap feature that Facebook can’t easily copy using your own registration system — at least as long as it is not fully protected. This can maintain the relevance of Snapchat in a time when many are questioning its long-term future.

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