Snapchat was spotted testing a couple of new features called ‘Status’ and ‘Passport.’ Apparently, both features come as an extension to Snap Map, which Snapchat introduced in 2017. Famous tipster Jane Machun Wong shared screenshots in her tweet, offering a glimpse of these features.
According to screenshots shared by Wong, Snapchat Status will allow users to share a Bitmoji describing what they are up to at a certain location. For example, users can share Bitmoji on Snap Map depicting activities like watching TV, playing video games, etc.
Snapchat will then compile all your location check-ins with Bitmoji using another feature called ‘Passport.’ It will compile all your activities depicted using Bimoji on its Snap map, similar to a private diary.
“Snapchat is testing new Snap Map UI, Status and Passport Status: Check-in Locations with Bitmoji. Passport: Private History of Status, which users can delete singularly,” said Wong in her tweet.
The description of Status reads: “Share the Moment with Status. You can now share where you are or what you’re up to. Your Status will only be visible to friends you share your location with.”
For example, you can also select a Bitmoji inviting your friends to a certain place.
Meanwhile, this is how it describes Snapchat’s Passport feature: “Passport is Just For You. Passport helps you keep track of the Places you’ve been. Places you set your Status at will be added to your Passport along with who you were there with. Only you can see your Passport, and you can delete a Place from your history at any time.”
Of late, Snapchat is focusing more on visual communication. That’s primarily why added Bitmoji to its platform in the first place. Then came Snap Map for location check-in. With the new Status feature, Snapchat might be fixing a user’s privacy-related problem to some extent. For example, as TechCrunch argues “Just because someone is down the street doesn’t mean they want you to drop in on them”