In Drake’s wise words, “F * ck a fake friend, where are your real friends?” The answer, hopefully, can be found in your Snapchat friends list.
Snapchat introduced a new feature on Tuesday called Friend Check Up. Rolling out in the coming weeks on Android and the following months on iOS, Friend Check Up will invite users to view their friends list and remove people who are not their “real friends,” as Snapchat puts it. It’s part of a bigger internet health and security (and branding) to prevent the spread of disinformation and other harmful content or experiences on the Platform.
Friends on Snapchat are more like lists of friends on Facebook than lists of followers / followers on Instagram, Twitter or TikTok. That is, on Snap (and Facebook), friends follow each other – it’s always reciprocal. On these latter social networks, however, following can go one way. Snap users can also “subscribe” to public figures and certain creators, but this is different from “friendship.”
As the feature rolls out, users will receive a notification on their profile page that says, “Snapchat is for real friends. Tap to view your friends list. Users can then scroll through the list and if they meet someone they think they no longer belong to they go to their profile, click on the three vertical dots in the upper right corner and select “Remove” . Friends won’t be notified when you delete them (phew!).
No new friends (online).
What constitutes a “true friend”, according to Snapchat (and Duck), is obviously a subjective concept. But what Snapchat is aiming for here is an effort to encourage users to keep their friend list up to date with the people they actually want to talk to. For example, users may want to remove people they are no longer in contact with, users added in error, and of course exes.
Why would Snap want to do this? This pruned approach to the friend list is, in part, how Snapchat wants to guide its users’ experience of the app, as well as set itself apart from other social networks. Disinformation that spreads through knowledge or groups of foreigners on internet platforms has become toxic to social media users, society and businesses brands. With this update, Snapchat is once again try to say it’s different.
“A source of risk on digital platforms are the connections that can be created – sometimes at the platform’s explicit request – with people we don’t know in real life and who can expose us to negative experiences,” he said. a Snap spokesperson said. by email. “The architecture of our platform is designed to encourage connection and communication between those who are true friends, while making it much more difficult for strangers to find and friend Snapchatters.”
Keeping your Snapchat friends list made up of your real friends is a good idea. One of the funniest features of Snap is the Instant card, which displays your location and that of your friends. It’s a really cool way to see what your friends are up to, but not necessarily something that you want to disseminate to a lot of knowledge. It might also encourage you to use Snapchat Stories (remember that?) For more authentic and less polished updates, as Instagram Stories can be viewed by anyone if you have a public profile.
However, it’s not as if keeping your friends list on Snapchat provides a totally pure experience with only the content you’ve signed up to see. The Discover tab is full of content just begging to suck you into a hole, just like the new one. Projector platform, which is Snapchat’s TikTok competitor.
Snapchat also doesn’t encourage you to clean up creators you’ve subscribed to. So while Snapchat is for real friends, it also serves to consume as much content (and ads) as your brain can absorb.