Instagram Is Removing Photo Maps as They’re ‘Not Widely Used’
Maintaining a popular application in the world is not an easy task. This is not only to add new useful features from time to time, but it also means that you have to remove unnecessary items. After adding much-needed zoom functions for the iOS application last week, Instagram has decided to remove the Map Map feature from the less-used photo-sharing platform.
The Map Photo feature has enabled it to essentially allow you to view the location of the images taken by other people who visit your profiles, all arranged on a map.
Instagram would have started removing feature for some users last week. Users can not see other image card users, but apparently they can see their own photo card now. However, this may change very soon.
“Photos Map was not widely used, so we decided to remove the feature and focus on other priorities,” the company said in a statement to Mashable.
An Instagram spokesperson however has confirmed to Mashable that the measure will not affect the impact on the app’s API, allowing companies or developers to take marked location information from public postings even if the post is not marked with A location tag. It’s important to note that geographic place tags do not disappear from the app – you can always add a location when you publish, click the location tag in a single post and see more photos of this particular place.
Instagram seems to focus on competition with the likes of Snapchat, one of the applications that has grown the most in recent years and endangered the position of the first. Instagram has recently added some of the features that are clearly inspired by Snapchat, and now seems to suppress those that make the application complicated.