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Snapchat's new Context Cards use Snaps for spontaneous discovery

Snapchat's new Context Cards use Snaps for spontaneous discovery

Each Card will be tailored to the Story you're watching.

The new feature announced Tuesday, called Context Cards, allows anyone to swipe up to see relevant information about the location of a photo or video snap message.

Some locations also have stories integrated into their Context Cards to make it easy to dive in and watch more Snaps from the places that interest you. The sudden shutdown left thousands of users disappopinted as they could neither receive nor send snaps.

The content of the cards changes based on the location - a restaurant may have links to reviews and table-booking while a tourist attraction may have TripAdvisor reviews or Foursquare tips.

You will be able to book a table through the app partnered with Bookatable and hail a ride through the app partnered with Uber.

With the advent of Story Search and Snap Maps, Snapchat has proved not just that Snaps are good for more than silly selfies, but that Snapchat is one of the best resources when you want to know what's happening in a particular location.

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Context Cards are available in the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand for Snapchatters on iOS and Android from today.

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Additional context cards may include: reviews from critics and customers; directions to the venue; opening hours; contact numbers; rides from ride-sharing services; reservations at restaurants; websites for more information; more Snaps from around that area.

Over 77% of Snapchatter in the United Kingdom are over 18, 43% of this is made of parents.

For Snapchat users who are 25 years-old and younger this rises to 40 minutes a day.