Snapchat's Live Stories offer a compelling collection of moments of each day from cities around the world. The company is now getting so many submissions in some cities that it's expanding Live Stories to include multiple snaps for each moment. Story Explorer, as the new feature is called, lets you swipe up on any snap inside a Live Story to see the same moment from multiple angles. Tap through to see different points of view on big events — a goal scored at a soccer game, for example, or a favorite song performed at a concert. Swipe down to return to the main story.
Story Explorer, which launches today in New York and Los Angeles, shows Snapchat finding new ways to package user-submitted photos and videos into creative, ephemeral portraits of places and events. CEO Evan Spiegel told the Los Angeles Times that Story Explorer is built on machine vision and deep learning, with a large bank of computers analyzing submissions to Live Stories and identifying related places and objects. It will roll out to other cities' Live Stories "very soon," Snapchat says.