Snapchat lets you create shared Stories with friends

Stories are a central feature in the photo sharing app, where users can upload images and video into a single chronological collection that can be viewed by followers for up to 24 hours.

"Today we're announcing a new way to create custom Stories - about anything, with any of your friends, even for a specific location", Snapchat announced on their website.

In order to use the location feature and add it to the public Explore story, all you need to do is tag your photo or video with a location hashtag you'd like to be included in, and then, voila! Tuesday's update changed stories, the Snapchat imitator that was introduced to the app last summer. "Make a Story for anything", said Snapchat.

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Snapchatters can find the new feature by swiping to the Stories page, tapping the "Create Story" button on the top-right, and naming their group story.

This feature appears to solve the issue of having to ask your friends for photos and videos they took at an event you both attended. Just think of a clever name for your story, add your friends as contributors, and voila! These stories come from users who have used location stickers on their stories.

Craving to create an awesome snap story about that road trip you're planning, but know for a fact that your friends are kind of more of an expert at Snapchat than you are?

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Instagram also released a hashtag feature that will let users explore different stories depending on a given hashtag. Snapchat said the custom Stories update is rolling out and should be available by Wednesday.

Custom Stories are easy to set up and don't require that much planning beforehand.

So, the app has become more interesting and fun to use.

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Instagram has been bulking up the Explore tab if you have not noticed lately, with this move continuing that trend.


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