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Instagram’s Photo Map

Have you noticed this feature on your profile that shows off your location?


Written by Eoin Corbett | View this authors Twitter page and posted in opinion


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Back when Instagram launched in October 2010, it gained users extremely rapidly. By April of 2012, it had over 100 million active users and rightfully so in my opinion. I love Instagram and it’s one of the apps I use most. I think what’s unique about the app is that it seems to inspire creativity, which a lot of social networks certainly do not do.

A couple of weeks back, while on my girlfriend’s Instagram profile I noticed the Photo Map icon (seen in the picture below) and clicked into it. It brought me to a map world map showing every location she had ever posted an Instagram from. It instantly freaked me out so I searched online to find out more.

After looking around for a while, I realised that a huge amount of Instagram users were using the feature but most of them didn’t even know it. I wanted to show people how dangerous the feature was, so I picked someone I followed on Instagram organised for me to attempt to find their house using just their Photo Map. Check out my video to see how I got on.  (Embed video below)

 

 

If you want to remove the photos from your Photo Map, check out this guide Instagram have on their help page.

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Published August 7th, 2014
Last updated September 29th, 2015
Tags instagram internet safety social media
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