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You're Old If You Don't Know This Basic Snapchat Etiquette

Co-written by my 17-year-old sister who's a lot cooler than me.

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Throughout these recent years, I've heard a lot about so-called "Snapchat etiquette".

Some people really don’t have snapchat etiquette

For some reason, everybody knows about it, but no one can say exactly what it is.

Now the people want answers.

tbh I want a rule book for snapchat etiquette

So being one of BuzzFeed's resident Gen Z'ers, I've set out to decode the cultural norms of my people (with the help of my little sister who is exponentially cooler than me).

Me

1. If someone snaps you, it's rude not to snap back.

My mom doesn’t know a thing about Snapchat etiquette.

In this instance, James' mom is a stone-cold snapper.

2. The uglier the snap, the closer the friendship.

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Accidentally sending a heinous selfie to a crush can be devastating.

3. Streaks MATTER.

But mostly to younger users. They're a sign of friendship dedication!!!

4. If you're dating someone, then having a yellow heart next to their name is a must!!!

Having the yellow heart next to someone's name on Snapchat means that you send the most snaps to this person, and they send the most snaps to you. Basically, it's the digital footprint of your fidelity. πŸ’› πŸ’› πŸ’›Bonus points if you level up to the red heart: That means you guys have been Snap best friends for two consecutive weeks.
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Having the yellow heart next to someone's name on Snapchat means that you send the most snaps to this person, and they send the most snaps to you. Basically, it's the digital footprint of your fidelity. πŸ’› πŸ’› πŸ’›

Bonus points if you level up to the red heart: That means you guys have been Snap best friends for two consecutive weeks.

5. Don't screenshot other people's snaps/stories and then post them on other social media platforms.

It's rude and wrong. If you're friends and they're cool with it, screenshot away. But DO NOT POST IT ANYWHERE. Their content is NOT yours to post!
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It's rude and wrong. If you're friends and they're cool with it, screenshot away.

But DO NOT POST IT ANYWHERE. Their content is NOT yours to post!

6. Don't make your story too long. No one's gonna watch it.

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7. That being said, don't post a story EVERY πŸ‘ FIVE πŸ‘ SECONDS πŸ‘ of you doing LITERALLY nothing.

FOX

Like, come on.

8. If you post something to your story, you shouldn't send it separately to someone.

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This point can make or break friendships.

9. Filters are for when you're trying to look ~cyoot~ for someone. This mostly applies to the dog filter.

Here I am attempting the Snapchat-user mating call. This only furthers the saying, "Bitches love the dog filter." 🐢
Me

Here I am attempting the Snapchat-user mating call. This only furthers the saying, "Bitches love the dog filter." 🐢

10. Don't post landscape pictures.

That ish is for the 'gram. Snapchat is for socializing.
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That ish is for the 'gram. Snapchat is for socializing.

11. Use a geotag ONCE while you're somewhere, not in every single snap.

WE GET IT, you're in Manhattan.
Me

WE GET IT, you're in Manhattan.

12. Don't respond to someone's snap and then not respond to their text.

Correct etiquette: answer my text, then look at my snapchat πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

This is just a quintessential dick move, guys.

13. If you're responding to someone's snap hours after they sent it, remind them of what they said in their previous snap.

Snapchat doesn't save conversations, so they won't be able to look back at what they said and chances are they won't remember either.
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Snapchat doesn't save conversations, so they won't be able to look back at what they said and chances are they won't remember either.

14. If you're going to a concert, PLS don't snap the whole goddamn thing.

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It never sounds good, it gets repetitive, and you should be enjoying the moment while you're there.

15. Don't lie and tell someone you're sick and then post a snap of you hanging out with someone else.

Bravo

It's hurtful and FAKE!!!

16. Don't watch your ex's story unless you're trying to get them back.

ABC

Watching an ex's story is often interpreted as being down to doink. Just sayin'!!!

17. If you're flirting with someone via Snapchat, wait about five minutes before opening their snap, and then respond.

Universal Pictures

#Hard2Get

18. If your crush doesn't respond to your snap within two hours, they're probably not interested.

VH1

On to the next! πŸ’

19. Don't double-snap a crush or you'll look desperate.

ABC

Of course there are several dependent variables, but pretty much, just don't snap them until they snap you back.

20. Double-snapping friends is fine, just don't be excessive.

ABC

No one likes a clingy snapper.

21. If someone double-snaps you, then you can double-snap back.

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All's fair in love and snap streaks.

22. Don't send snaps that seem like a one-on-one conversation when in reality, you're sending it to a bunch of people.

NBC

It just seems kinda shady.

23. Don't post snaps at the gym unless you want everyone and their mother to hate you.

scoopwhoop.com

EVERYONE HATES THIS!!! WHY DO PEOPLE STILL DO IT?! It's classic snap etiquette, people!!!!!!!!

24. Don't post full songs on your story.

I mean, you just know some sad indie-electronica song is playing in this snap!!! A lot of people like to film something ~artsy~ and then play moody music in the background. This is cool, but a little bit of the song is enough to complete the aesthetic.
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I mean, you just know some sad indie-electronica song is playing in this snap!!! A lot of people like to film something ~artsy~ and then play moody music in the background. This is cool, but a little bit of the song is enough to complete the aesthetic.

25. It's okay to leave a conversation while the other person is typing.

Just respond later!
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Just respond later!

26. Smoking snaps are just kind of awkward and no one gives a flying fudge.

Snapchat etiquette: NO ONE WANTS TO SEE YOU SMOKING NO ONE CARES IT DOESNT MAKE U LOOK COOL BY ANY MEANS

No one's impressed by you blowing smoke rings in your parents' basement.

27. If someone's bothering you or creeping you out, BLOCK THEM.

This should go without saying. Always, always, ALWAYS be safe!
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This should go without saying. Always, always, ALWAYS be safe!

28. If someone always watches your story, you should ~probably~ always try and watch theirs.

FOX

Unless they're a creep, in which case, please refer back to #27.

29. Stories are the best when they're a combo of pictures and videos.

CBS

Get with mixed media, y'all! It makes your story much more fun to watch.

30. And finally, pet snaps are the only snaps people won't get tired of.

OBVIOUSLY!
Me

OBVIOUSLY!

Happy snapping!!!

Did we miss any important Snapchat rules? Tell us in the comments!

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