On Monday Snapchat added a feature called Story Explorer, and it’s one of the biggest additions to the social network in a long time.
Story Explorer lets you swipe up on a photo or video (or “snap”) to see similar snaps from other people. Instead of just seeing one 10-second clip from a concert, you could potentially see dozens.
Confused? Or just want to know more? Here’s how Story Explorer works:
The app's Live Stories list is a collection of snaps submitted by users. Live Stories expire after 24 hours and are themed around specific events, like an awards show, football game, or holiday.
With Story Explorer, you can now swipe up on a snap in a Live Story to see more similar snaps from other people.
Snaps shown through Story Explorer are aggregated based on data like similar time stamps, location, and even the same objects that appear in videos.
It's essentially a way to get even more sucked into the world of what people are sharing on Snapchat.
'The basic idea was we don't provide any depth inside Stories,' Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel told the LA Times. 'You're on the red carpet. Then you're at a concert for a split-second. It was a feeling of 'show me more,' and we're fortunate that we just get so much video submitted to us that we had the ability from a content perspective to provide depth.'
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