Aug. 16, 2012 at 7:56 PM ET
Instagram, the popular photo-sharing app, has been updated with a new location-centric feature that puts each and every one of your photos on a map. As long as you don't mind people knowing where you are as soon as you post a picture, it's a fun addition to the service.
The free 3.0 update will add a new button to your profile page, Photo Map, and the first time you press it, you'll be prompted to choose which of your photos will be mapped. After you've deselected the ones that reveal any top-secret locations, the rest will show up on a world map, organized into stacks by location.
From then on, all your photos will automatically be added, and friends can browse your pictures by location as well as time or tag. Instagram founder Kevin Systrom told TechCrunch in an interview that he hopes this will aid in discoverability:
Viewing photos is not just about the ephemeral nature of snapshots, it’s about going back into your bedroom and opening your shoeboxes.
He also said he hoped that eventually, all photos taken using the service would be geotagged.
The location system hasn't yet been integrated with Facebook (which is in the process of buying Instagram for $1 billion), but that seems inevitable. Facebook already detects when users are posting about a certain event or news item, and this location data could help them associate content with places and businesses as well.
You can download Instagram for free from the Apple App Store.
Devin Coldewey is a contributing writer for NBC News Digital. His personal website is coldewey.cc.