Penn State Rolls Out User-Generated Snapchat Story

Snapchat users may be familiar with its popular Our Story feature, which has been used to curate user-generated snaps from major events based on geolocation. Today, Snapchat users located on Penn State’s campus started noticing a similar feature called College Campus Live. Penn State is one of four universities — along with UCLA, USC, and UT Austin — to pilot the new Snapchat feature.

The Campus Live feature allows anyone on campus to send their “snaps” to one centralized story, viewable by anyone who also happens to be on campus. In other words, any Snapchat user at Penn State can now submit short videos viewable by everyone else at Penn State chronologically in a compiled story with the swipe of their finger.

Initially, this might seem like a dangerous idea — after all, Snapchat is occasionally associated with impermanent sexting. Giving a group of 40,000 18-22 year olds the ability to submit videos of anything they want to each other semi-anonymously is just asking for trouble. However, Snapchat says it plans to monitor every snap posted to the Campus Story to ensure appropriateness.

It’s not exactly clear how many Snapchat users are able to see Penn State’s Live feed currently — as I write this story now in North campus on Penn State’s Wifi network, it still isn’t showing up on my iPhone — but plenty of users are reporting access the stream today.

It should be a good time. Snap away, Staters.

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Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]

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