Here's Why There Are New Emojis in Your Snapchat Contacts
Snapchat's latest update has some people confused. The app now displays different emoji next to people you snap with on a regular basis.
The emoji update is the company’s attempt to change the “Best Friends” feature, which previously let anyone see your best friends simply by checking out your profile. When Snapchat removed the best friends feature in a January update, people freaked out—apparently, seeing who people are chatting with the most is a barometer of friendships and potential dates.
Now different emoji signify different levels of snapping relationships—but, as TechCrunch reports, they are only visible to you. It’s not immediately clear what the emoji mean, but Snapchat explains them in a post on the “Discover” tab.
An emoji heart next to a contact’s name means you're both best friends.
The grimace emoji means you share the same top best friend, which could definitely lead to some awkward conversations.
A smiling face shows that you're best friends, but not, like, number one best friends.
The sunglasses emoji signifies that you share a best friend.
And the smirk emoji means that you're someone's best friend but they're not yours.
Fire next to your contact’s name means that you've been on a “snapstreak,” sending each other disappearing messages for multiple days in a row.
You might see a bunch of emoji next to a friend who fits multiple criteria, meaning that the list could get a bit cluttered. But it’s a clever way of annotating your Snapchat friendships in a private way to better gauge how you're connected. It may also ensure that you keep snapping your friends daily so your snapstreak fire doesn't burn out.