Does Snapchat Best Friends List Go Down or Across?

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Snapchat decided that they would go with an entirely new algorithm that will determine your best friends for you in 2018. A lot of people have not been happy about this and there are quite a few really negative reviews on this actually. Apparently, the update changed a number of things about the app and is designed to make you interact with friends more than before.

Does Snapchat Best Friends List Go Down or Across?

The order of your Snapchat best friends lists goes from up to down if your best friends have one column. If your best friends list has 2 columns, the order of your Snapchat best friends list goes from up to down on the left column, then up to down on the right column.

Your top 1-4 best friends are on the left column and 5-8 are on the right column. The order goes from number 1 in the top left is your highest ranked best friend and number 8 in the bottom right being your least ranked best friend.

So the people you interact with most frequently go from top to bottom on each column, and the order of your best friends list doesn’t go from side to side or across. Since most people read from left to right, there’s a misconception that the Snapchat best friends list goes sideways.

Does Snapchat Always Show 8 Best Friends?

Snapchat doesn’t always show 8 best friends. You have to interact with a certain amount of people a certain amount of times in a specific time frame for them to be on your best friends list.
If you’ve spoken to too few people in this time frame then you’re not going to 8 best friends, you could have fewer. The fewer best friends you have, the less you talk to people on Snapchat.

Snapchat Best Friends Order

Snapchat orders your best friends list based on who you speak to the most. The people that you send the most snaps to frequently are the people that will appear on the list, with the most frequent person appearing at the top of the list.

If you don’t use Snapchat much, the algorithm will still look at who you’ve been snapping the most and put them on your best friends list.

If you have a girlfriend or boyfriend and you’re wondering why certain people are on their best friends list, whether they’re at the top or at the bottom, it signifies that they talk to them frequently enough for Snapchat to put them on the list. If they appear at the top of the best friends list, then they snap this person the most.

If there’s someone at the top of your best friends list, you’ll notice that you talk to this person the most and probably most of your time on Snapchat talking to them. As you go down the list from top to bottom, you’ll notice that it’s in order of people you talk to the most to people you talk to frequently, but not as much as the people above.

Snapchat always changes their algorithm and makes a new best friends list order so you might have noticed how people are appearing on the list. The order of your best friends list isn’t determined by someone else’s best friend list although someone is more likely to be on your best friends list if you’re on theirs.

1. The Amount Of Red Snaps You Send

If you red snap someone more than you red snap any of your other friends, then they’re going to appear higher on your best friends list. Red snaps are prioritized higher than a normal conversation because of how much more interactive they are so if you do constantly red snap someone, they will show up higher on the list.

Back in the day, you could only communicate with your Snapchat friends with red snaps – there was no such thing as a regular conversation via the blue chat which is probably why Snapchat puts so much weight on red snaps when it comes to determining the order of your best friends list.

2. The Amount Of Multi-Media You Send

If you send someone more multimedia, which includes voice notes, pictures from your camera roll, red snaps, stickers etc, this will rank them higher on your best friends list.

Since you’re more likely to talk to someone more when you’re communicating via multimedia rather than normal text, Snapchat will prioritize this when it comes to determining the order of the best friends list.

You’ll notice that the people who are higher on the best friends list to communicate with you via multimedia more than the people at the bottom of the list.

3. How Many People You Talk To

The amount of people you talk to also determines how your best friends list is ordered. If you talk to very few people then those few select people that you talk to will appear on your best friends list simply because of how they’re the only people you speak to. If you speak to a bunch of people, then the people that you speak to the most will appear on your best friends list.

4. How Often You Reply To Each Others Stories

If you reply to someone’s stories and they reply to yours often, then this will be a deciding factor for if they’re on your best friends list or not. Mutual interaction with each others stories will prioritize them on your best friends list.

If you’re a frequent poster, and they’re always replying back to your story, then they’re going to come up higher on your Snapchat best friends list. If you want to see if you notice this pattern, then you need to look at the top of your best and notice if you’re either the one replying back to their story loads, or if it’s them

5. If You Have A Streak

If you have a streak with someone, then they’re more likely to appear on your best friends list. Streaks have been around since 2015 and they are a staple part of Snapchat which is why they’re an important factor when it comes to where someone is on your best friends list.

If you take a look at it, you’ll notice that the people who are closer to the top have the streaks fire next to their name. This proves how someone is more likely to be on your best friends list if you have a streak with them.

6. How Recently You’ve Spoke

How recently you’ve spoken to someone can determine where they come up on your best friends list. You’ll notice that the people are closer to the top of the best friends list are those that you’ve spoken to more recently.

Because of how frequent your communication is with these people, you’re more likely to speak to them recently than if they weren’t at the top. For the people closest to the bottom of the list, you’ll notice that you don’t speak to them as much as the people at the top.

Who Are Your Best Friends on Snapchat?

With this new algorithm, Snapchat keeps an eye on all of the interactions you have while using the app. The interactions you have with other users will have a huge role in deciding who your best friends are. Basically, the people you snap the most will become your best friends even if they aren’t actually your best friends in real life.

The way to tell if someone is your best friend on Snapchat or not is whether or not they have an emoticon next to their username in your friends list. Snapchat regularly updates this list of your best friends, so you will be able to tell who you want to interact with or who you have been talking to the most on the app.

Your best friends will show up at the top of the Send To list of friends which will make it easier to talk to the people you talk to most as well. This way you wont have to scroll through the entire list of your friends to find your best friends that you are trying to snap.

To control your best friends on Snapchat, you can just interact with certain people more often than others and they will end up on your best friends list. If you don’t want someone to show up on your best friends list there is a trick to remove them from the list as well.

Changing Your Best Friends on Snapchat

Sadly, Snapchat does not allow you to remove anyone from your best friends list. You can play around with the Snapchat algorithm and squeeze someone out of the list though.

The trick is just interacting with other people on the app more and stop interacting with the person you want to be removed from your best friends list.

If you stop interacting with someone and start interacting with other people in place of them, they should be removed from the list of best friends within 24 to 48 hours and replaced with someone that you started interacting with more.

You might think that this is having to do too much just to remove someone from your best friends list, but the feature is supposed to promote real interactions. If you interact with a person more than others on the app, then it only makes sense that they would be on your best friends list.

How to Make Someone Your Best Friend on Snapchat

On Snapchat you can not just make someone your best friend by going to their profile and clicking a button like on other social networking apps and websites.

On the Snapchat app it will take time and effort to make someone your best friend. You have to consistently and constantly interact with them and they with you.

After you interact with this user for 2 or 3 days Snapchat should have enough interactions to say that they are now a best friend and should add an emoticon next to their name. Snapchat even has different levels you can reach with a best friend.

If you snap a person every single day for months straight there is a level called Super BFF. As long as you continue to interact with this person, they will continue to stay your best friend. They will have a snap streak emoticon next to their name as long as you continue to interact as well.

Are Snapchat Best Friends Mutual?

If someone is your best friend on Snapchat, then it doesn’t always mean that you’re their best friend too. The only way that you can know for sure that you’re on someone’s best friends list if they’re on yours is by looking for a heart emoji. Any heart emoji will indicate this.

Who Can See Your Best Friends?

Before the update that included this new algorithm took effect, you could see other users’ best friends. That is not the case anymore since the “New Snapchat” update.

The list of your best friends on Snapchat is now private and that is good to some users and bad to others. This is more good in most peoples opinion though because people feel that other people shouldn’t be able to tell who they are talking to most often anyway or even at all.

David Johnson is a freelance writer with 9 years of experience writing for Techzillo and other established tech outlets like iMore. His focus and key interests are Apple and accessibility as well as consumer technology in general. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.

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