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Snap Maps don’t just tell your friends where you are; they also disclose a few of your activities. And it’s freaking people out big time.
Anyone who’s found themselves lurking on Snap Maps since it launched last week might have spotted a few quirky details that occasionally pop up on people’s Bitmojis. Some Bitmojis are appearing in yellow cars, planes, and even on big armchairs. And, some people’s Bitmojis are disappearing from the maps completely without them switching on Ghost Mode.
So, what exactly is going on?
According to Snapchat, these Bitomojis are actually called "Actionmojis" and they appear when Snapchat pulls in things like your location, the time of day ,or your speed of travel. These Actionmojis are supposed to contextualise your friends’ placement on the maps. The feature doesn’t track any of those things while you’re off the app, only when you’re active in the app.
BUT THE SCARIEST THING ABOUT SNAP MAPS IS IT SHOWS WHEN YOU’RE IN A CAR AND WHEN YOU’RE SLEEPING AND ON A PLANE HOW DOES IT KNOW
— Sophie (@sophiewinfieldd) June 26, 2017
Here are just a few of the quirky things that have been appearing on people’s Snap Maps.
Snapchat knows when you’ve been sleeping. Seemingly Snapchat can tell you’re asleep based on the duration of your inactivity and the time of day. When you’re asleep, your Actionmoji will appear is a very sleepy state on an armchair.
Image: Rachel thompson / mashable
But, that’s not the only way people are appearing on the map while they’re snoozing. Some people seem to be sleeping while standing up, which looks pretty uncomfortable.
Image: kerry flynn / mashable
Snapchat also looks at your altitude, which is why a lot of people are noticing planes appearing on their Snap Maps when they’re flying.
My sisters on her way to myrtle beach and it shows she’s in a plane on snap maps SO FREAKIN CUTE pic.twitter.com/dIPSk3NM3h
— Annie❣ (@annie_mckeiver6) June 25, 2017
People listening to music
The map also picks up when you’re headphones are plugged into the jack. When you’re listening to music, your Actionmoji will don a tiny pair of headphones. Kind of cool, if we’re honest.
Image: rachel thompson / mashable
People on the beach
People chilling at the beach will also notice that a towel appears over one shoulder.
Haven’t seen that one before: snap map gives you a towel when you’re on the beach. pic.twitter.com/aqyLiMEnXg
— Nathan Liu (@NathanJLiu) June 26, 2017
Because the map looks at the speed at which you’re travelling, it can also tell when you’re in a car. When you’re snapping in the backseat, your Actionmoji will appear in a yellow car.
Creepy or just plain cool? You decide.