Instagram's New Searchable Maps Show Local Businesses

You can now explore tagged locations in posts and stories via the Instagram app.

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Instagram searchable map

Instagram has added searchable maps to its platform, so now you can explore tagged locations without having to open an external maps app. You can also filter map searches for businesses like restaurants, cafes and beauty salons to check out local businesses nearby.

"We're introducing a new searchable map on IG today," Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted on his Instagram story Tuesday. "You can now discover popular local businesses near you and filter by categories."

The maps will let you tap on location tags in posts and stories, and scroll around the areas tagged. You can also search cities, neighborhoods or other places in the Explore tab, or search for locations via "#sanfrancisco" and other such hashtags.

You can then save locations in a collection to view later, and share places with friends via direct messages.

If your profile is public, your posts and stories will appear on the map when you use location tags or stickers.