These days, it’s just way too easy to abuse and overuse social media. Facebook posts advertising when homeowners are going out of town, streams of Instagram selfies from friends who seem to have way too much time on their hands, and random thoughts in 140 characters or less have become the new normal.
You can overuse social media and phone apps, or you can use some of these services to better protect yourself. We’d say that the latest feature from WhatsApp will definitely help with the latter.
It’s no secret that apps like Snapchat and other social media platforms have fallen under scrutiny for adding location-sharing services that can potentially harm a user. But WhatsApp has designed a new location-sharing service that could actually be a lifesaver.
The company is unrolling a specialized feature in the chat app that allows users to let specific people on their list know where they are for a designated amount of time. Plus, it’ll automatically update a user’s whereabouts as they move. That means the next time you’re walking home alone, heading out on a Bumble date or even lost in a shady area, you can protect yourself by letting loved ones track your whereabouts.
Then, if anything bad were to actually happen, the theory is that it would be easier to find you as soon as possible.
The app also seems like a great tool to use in the wake of all the natural disasters happening around the world, and it could also be a great way for friends to track your status when you’re planning to meet with them. (It’s always the worst when you’re running late in a car and can’t text to let people know you’re on your way.)
Although the company’s still testing the feature out, WhatsApp expects it to be available to all iOS and Android users in the coming weeks.
It’s only a matter of time before this becomes a universally invaluable tool.