Instagram goes for Google Maps: add a map to see posts from nearby places

Today, geolocation services such as Google Maps are our daily bread in Spain. So much so that many services use map systems similar to those of the Google platform for certain functions and that these are more accessible to users. This is what Instagram has done, adding a useful interactive map to display all kinds of information.

[La función de Google Maps que te evitará multas y deberías tener activada]

As Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, revealed in a history of Instagram, Instagram adds a map that serves both to find key points such as companies and establishments (something similar to what Google Maps does) and to geolocate instagram posts from anywhere on the map. That is, visually, without having to use the list of results in the search tab.

The idea is simple: discover areas of interest with establishments such as cafes or restaurants and see the most relevant publications, such as stories visible on the map to see them more directly. You will be able to navigate through the map itself either to search for posts based on your location or depending on the area.

the instagram map

It should be clarified that the Instagram map is not a function like Google Maps that the user can activate. In fact, you have to go through a series of steps to access it. The simplest is opening a location from a history that has a linked location. Opening it will display the map in question.

But if there isn’t one history with such a location, we will have to resort to Instagram search. Entering the search section, you must search for the name of the place and instead of choosing the results provided by the social network, you will have to click on “See all results”. You will see a tab with a characteristic location symbol, the last of all, and it will show you the map.

Map feature on Instagram

Manuel Fernandez

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The map interface is very similar to services like Google Maps. For example, you can navigate through this map by moving it to just about anywhere in the world and viewing the posts set there. If you want to use your location to see the publications related to you, you will have to click on the button in the upper right to locate you.

What the map will show will be bubbles that will include both publications in the form of photos and states of nearby businesses and establishments. Tapping on them will display the most recent publications and status of said establishments. These places can be saved in a favorites list, and the view can be changed to search the places as a list.

Maps on Instagram

Maps on Instagram

Manuel Fernandez

omicron

In this sense, Instagram has adopted the usability of its rival, Google Maps, to search for information. It is not for less; there will be a series of filters to search for certain types of places, such as restaurants, hotels, cafes, etc. In this way, it is much more intuitive to find establishments and see their content on Instagram instead of needing to search for them in the search panel.

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Instagram goes for Google Maps: add a map to see posts from nearby places