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Snapchat quietly released new geofilters for nearby businesses

Snapchat quietly released new geofilters for nearby businesses


Image: kerry flynn/snapchat screenshots

Snapchat is helping you more easily show off where you are and also further support local businesses. 

A new geofilter, available at least in New York City Tuesday, displays the name of a nearby business with the name of the city below it in white text over snaps. You can then tap through a bunch of other nearby shops.

Nearby Mashable headquarters on Fifth Avenue, the geofilter started with Hu Kitchen and then showed Anthropologie, The Parker Gramercy and Union Fare. 

The update provides another engaging experience on Snapchat for any user and comes on the same day that the app introduced several major product changes

Such an experience is available on Instagram Stories, Facebook’s copycat version of Snapchat Stories. Instagram users can click on the “Location” button and then see a list of nearby locations, which similarly is created into a sticker on the photo or video. 

Snapchat geofilter vs Instagram geofilter

Snapchat geofilter vs Instagram geofilter

Image: kerry flynn/snapchat screenshots

Snapchat’s version of the feature is far more curated. Snapchat pulls its location data from Foursquare, but it is unclear why the list is limited. 

Snapchat did not immediately respond to a request for comment on where these geofilters are available and whether the businesses shown need to pay, as they would for a uniquely designed on-demand geofilter

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