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'Crowd Surf' Feature from Snapchat Seamlessly Merges Public Snaps

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Aug 15, 2017, 8:56 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

Snapchat hopes its latest feature, found within Snapchat Stories, will make live events far more interactive. Crowd Surf uses the audio captured at events such as concerts to create a seamless experience, allowing people to jump from viewpoint to viewpoint of all those sharing the experience in Snapchat. The social app highlighted Crowd Surf at a recent Lorde concert. When viewing the story, Snapchat users can tap a button that appears in the lower corner of the app to change from snap to snap (essentially changing the camera angle) while maintaining a nearly unbroken audio experience. Snap's research team is using propriety machine learning to make this possible, according to Mashable. Crowd Surf is one way for Snapchat to set its Stories apart from those shared through competing app Instagram. Crowd Surf is already available within Snapchat, though Snapchat didn't say how often it will be available and/or put to use. It will be up to creators who choose to share stories with Crowd Surf enabled.




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