Snapchat’s Snap Map & Privacy

Are you a Snapchat user, or -more important- is your child a Snapchatter, then please read this. This is about privacy and safety.

What is Snap Map?

Last week Snapchat rolled out a new feature: Snap Map. This map shows where your Snapchat-friends are. And it shows them where you are. It makes it easier for you to look each other up. And it also shows events. Good stuff, right?

Just realize that Snapchat broadcasts your location to anyone on your friends list every time you open the app. And so your friends will learn where you live, work or eat a sandwich/donut/bagle. If that makes you feel uncomfortable, you can switch this off by going into ‘Ghost Mode’. Yes, it is an opt-out feature.

How does it work?

With the most recent update Snap Map will become (or have become) active. You’ll see a couple of screens with info, and bam, it is activated.

Every time you open the app, your location will be broadcasted. While the app is opened your location will be updated. And your last location will remain on the Map for up to 8 hours after you have last opened the Snapchat app.

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New layout

In 2013 the first WordPress version of went live. A major step, for both Exowax Recordings (client) and myself. The original website dated from 1994, and although work on the website continued throughout the years, it was time to switch from HTML to PHP/CSS/etc. That meant a full migration of content, plus a lot of new text, additional info and new approaches of parts of the website.

When I built that WordPress site, I did not take handhelds (tablets, smartphones, etc) in account. Simply because these handhelds weren’t (as far as I was concerned) a big deal back in 2013. Yes, only four years ago…

Later, in 2014, I quickly corrected that and made the website fully responsive. Just in time, because in that same year, people suddenly had one or more handhelds, and a major shift in the use and approach of websites happened.

Anyway, last year I suggested a redesign. A new look, more current and more responsive friendly. And so yesterday the new version of went “live”. And yes, that site looks somewhat similar to this website, and a couple of others I recently released. Well, I like to work in this design.


New website De Testpiloten

De Testpiloten is a project by Edwin van Mook and Antal Adriaanse (me).

In 2011 the album “Morgen” was released. After a lengthy break we are now preparing the release of a new EP. Recording sessions have finished, mixing is in its final stages, and artwork is being prepared.

About time to replace the website -a simple HTML-page with a bio, a photo, and links to online streames and stores- with a new, modern site. Which went live this weekend. (currently in Dutch only)

Website De Testpiloten

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Webmaster Services

Do you own a website or e-commerce store, but lack sufficient time, knowledge or manpower to keep your site or store updated? Outsourcing might well be the answer.

Outsourcing works both ways; your online presence will be up to date and will adequately represent your company, while it at the same time allows you to fully focus on running your business.

In this article you can read about the advantages of hiring me as your website manager, some of the possible services, and what my added value is.

Feel free to contact me for more information, to discuss specific wishes, or to have a look at your website or e-commerce store.

Antal Adriaanse

New layout

Rule: Don’t go “live” with a new layout before it is finished.

Ah well, I did go live anyway. Trust me, practical reasons beat the self-imposed rules.

Besides visuals and layout changes, I am planning on changing the contents too here and there. So more coming soon.

For now though, the website is running smoothly, the information is available, and we can move on.

Welcome to the new website of Studio Tal.