Social media affects the way we speak, giving our words new meanings. “Like” was just an ordinary verb before Facebook, right? Almost every day, new abbreviations and expressions are being created, especially when it comes to writing.
In this respect, Snapchat has its own abbreviations and slang. You’ve finally learned AMOSC means Add Me on Snapchat. But has anyone told you lately that they’d like to get close? If you weren’t sure what they meant, you’re in the right place to find out.
What Does It Mean to Get Close?
Generally, this expression means that a Snapchat user wants to start talking and get to know you better. In fact, you may interpret this in two ways.
Someone may want to become closer friends, or usually something more than that, like start a romantic relationship. If they tell you they want to get close, maybe they’d like you to share some stories you wouldn’t share with just an acquaintance.
Before you do get close with someone, take care of your privacy and safety. Don’t send snaps you may regret later, especially if you’ve never met that user in person. They may not have bad intentions, of course, but why not take precautionary measures?
Other than getting to know someone by chatting about personal stuff, you can also consider them your “best friend” on Snapchat. What does this mean? If you chat and exchange snaps with them frequently, they’ll be automatically added to your Best Friends list. You can also choose to share some private stories and snaps with them too.
Best Friends on Snapchat
You can’t really create this list on your own, as Snapchat manages it for you. Best friends are Snapchat users who you communicate with the most. This refers both to snaps and private chats.
Only you can see this list, and eight of your most often contacted friends will feature there. The list isn’t set in stone – it will change from time to time, but you don’t have the option of reordering, adding or removing someone from the list.
You’ll also be able to see cute emojis next to your friends’ names.
To see your Best Friends list, do the following:
- Open Snapchat on your smartphone.
- Take a snap and tap on the paper airplane icon in the lower right corner of the screen to send the snap.
- On the next screen, you’ll see the Best Friends list.
Another way is to launch the Snapchat app on your phone and then swipe to the right to see the friends list. Here you’ll see Best friends as well.
How to Share a Private Story with Your Close Friends Only
The Snapchat user who wants to get close would probably also like to see your private stories. If you want them to, here’s how to create a private story and share it with chosen Snapchat friends. There are two ways. Firstly:
- Launch Snapchat on your smartphone.
- Take a snap that you’d like to share.
- Tap on the Send to icon in the bottom right corner of the screen to send the snap.
- Select + Private Story at the top.
- Select friends to share the private story with.
- Tap the Send icon to post the snap.
You can also do the following:
- Launch the Snapchat app on your mobile device.
- Tap on the Account icon or your Bitmoji in the upper left corner of the screen.
- Choose + Private Story just below your username.
- Select friends who you want to share the story with.
- Create a snap you’d like to share.
- Tap on the paper airplane icon to post.
What Are Some Other Popular Expressions on Snapchat?
The next time someone asks to get close, you’ll know what it means. But to become a real pro at using Snapchat, you should know at least some of the most popular phrases commonly used on this social network. Here’s a selection:
- AMOS/AMOSC – Add Me On Snapchat
- IMO – In My Opinion
- IRL – In Real Life
- JSYK – Just So You Know
- SMH – Shaking My Head
- TBT – Throw Back Thursday
- TBH – To Be Honest
These abbreviations often appear as hashtags.
There are more words typical for Snapchat, such as snapcident, which refers to a snap you’ve accidentally sent to a person it wasn’t meant for. If you’re snapching with someone, it means you’re wearing matching outfits, and you’ve realized that due to the snaps you’ve exchanged. If someone invites you to PU – they want you to pop up, or send them a message.
Even emojis have specific meanings on Snapchat. For example, if you see a yellow heart next to a user’s name, it means you’re each other’s #1 on the Best Friends list. A fire emoji means you and another Snapchat user have been sending each other snaps for many days in a row. If you reach a hundred days, the fire emoji turns into the hundred emoji.
Having some theoretical knowledge before you start snapping your friends is useful. If you understand the app’s slang it will probably save you from some awkward situations, having to ask what an abbreviation or expression means. At least you now know what people mean when they want to “get close” on Snapchat.
Have you recently asked someone to get close or shared a private story with a new friend? Do you use any other expressions typical for Snapchat? Let us know in the comments section below.