The Way You Watch Snapchat Stories Will Never Be the Same

A new feature just changed the game.

When you watch one of Snapchat's preset stories, you're usually watching a carefully hand-picked selection of video clips. And if your snap makes the story, you get bragging rights forever. Thanks to a new app update, though, it'll be way easier to get your snap seen around the world. (Or at least around your home city.)

Snapchat announced Monday in a blog post (opens in new tab) that it's testing out a new feature called Story Explorer on its local New York and Los Angeles live stories. Story Explorer lets you swipe up on snaps in live stories to see similar snaps. When you swipe down, it takes you back to the regular story. So if you're at a Justin Bieber concert in Los Angeles, and your snap makes the Los Angeles live story, people can swipe up to see the Biebs from around 10 other angles. 

According to the Los Angeles Times (opens in new tab), the Snapchat team developed technology to figure out which snaps are related, and the algorithm factors in things like time, location, and objects in videos. They've also figured out a way to report objectionable snaps in Story Explorer: just press and hold on a video for a few seconds for a form to pop up. If all goes well, Snapchat plans to roll Story Explorer out on other stories after the test in New York and Los Angeles. The procrastination options are endless. 

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Megan Friedman
Megan Friedman

Megan Friedman is the former managing editor of the Newsroom at Hearst. She's worked at NBC and Time, and is a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.