Snapchat is fast becoming one of the hottest photo and video sharing apps today. According to a recent press release, over 400 million snaps are sent and received everyday. That’s quite a lot.
Of the many features of Snapchat, the Best Friends list is the most talked about. And there’s a good reason why.
April 2016 UPDATE: Snapchat has released a new version of Best Friends. Read all about the new Snapchat Best Friends here.
It is both loved and hated almost in the same measure; loved because it allows easy access to people you exchange snaps with regularly, and hated because this list is displayed on your profile and can be seen by anyone views your profile.
In this post, we’ll take a look at how Snapchat’s Best Friends works and discuss all the tips, tricks and hacks you can do with the Best Friends list.
1. What are Snapchat Best Friends?
Snapchat Best Friends, also commonly referred to as your top list, are 3 people from your contacts that you exchanged snaps with most frequently.
This list is updated every week and subsequently, if you snapchat with people more frequently over the week, they will be featured on your Best Friends list.
The Best Friends list can be seen when you’re about to send out a snap. It is displayed on top of the contacts list for easy access so you don’t have to scroll down your entire contacts list to select the people you want to send out the snap to.
It is also displayed on your profile, below your username and score. This can be viewed by anyone who has you in their contacts list.
2. How Does Snapchat Best Friends Work?
According to Snapchat’s support page, Best Friends represent the friends you chat with most frequently and are selected automatically by a magical Snapchat friendship algorithm.
From our observations, we have found out that this magical algorithm is nothing but a score that measures the number of snaps exchanged between two people. Snapchat simply displays a list of the people that has the highest scores in order. This list is your Best Friends list.
What this all means is that if someone sends you snaps frequently and you only reply a couple of times, it’s possible that he/she will end up on your Best Friends list because the score between the two of you will be high.
Similarly, if you send out snaps to someone more frequently than others, they will also end up on your list.
Unless you do a hack or a work-around on the system, it is impossible to pick and choose your best friends. But it is possible to alter the results using a simple hack that we’ll discuss later.
3. Where Can I Find My Snapchat Best Friends?
Snapchat Best Friends are displayed on top of your contacts list. It is a list with 3 friends in a separate section on top of your contacts lit.
The purpose of the list, as can easily be understood, is for easy access to friends that you frequently chat with when you’re sending out a snap. This does away with having to scroll all over your contacts list looking for the friends that you want to send the snap to.
It is also displayed on your profile. The Best Friends list can be seen below your username and score. It is displayed as a list with yellow stars beside the usernames. Anyone who views your profile can see your best friends.