- Snapchat was one of the first apps where messages, photos, and videos disappeared forever after being viewed.
- Snapchat streaks are when you and a friend send at least one snap to each other every twenty-four hours, and the number keeps going up the longer you keep it up.
- Some of the longest Snapchat streaks have lasted for over seven years, with users sending each other snaps every day for thousands of days in a row.
- Snapchat streaks require consistency rather than skill; also, keeping a streak can boost your overall Snapchat score and unlock various badges.
Snapchat was developed to create effective and meaningful connections between people on the internet. This included things like photo and video sharing. What set Snapchat apart from the competition, though, was being one of the first apps where messages, photos, and videos disappeared forever after being viewed.
From there, Snapchat introduced a host of other features to its experience. These included things like live video chats, filters, lenses, as well as real-time location-based sharing. One of the more interesting features added to the app were Snapchat streaks. Users were quick to jump on this competition.
What Is a Snapchat Streak?
To put it simply, Snapchat streaks are when you pick a friend from your friend list and you both send at least one snap to each other every twenty-four hours. If you keep this up for three days, a small flame icon and the number three will appear on your profile. This denotes your Snapchat streak badge, and the number will keep going up the longer you keep it up.
Snapchat streaks were introduced on April 5, 2015, and users were quick to jump on the hype. Since then, the records have been constantly shifting, with one pair usually overtaking the top of the leaderboards each year.
Unfortunately, Snapchat does not keep an official leaderboard for Snap streaks. However, many users have taken it upon themselves to upload their records personally to various websites around the web. We’ve scoured these websites so that you don’t have to and found the top current Snapchat streaks — and some of them are crazy long.
Longest Snapchat Streaks
As previously mentioned, since Snapchat doesn’t keep an official record of streak holders, information is scant and shifting. Nevertheless, we have a pretty good idea of who holds the current top streaks on the app. Some of these users include:
- Hannah and Lauren – 2663
- Fatmis and Samko – 2655
- John and Harley – 2616
- Ally Zaino and Kat Bruneau – 2165
- Julie S and Kristi B – 2215
- Keenan Capps and Diego Astorga – 2068
- Mia and Elliot – 1999
- Patrick and Ryan – 1501
- Sophia and Taryn – 1930
- Alan and Jonathan – 1898
These numbers are impressive when you consider they mean the total number of days. This indicates, for example, that best friends Hannah and Lauren have been sending each other a snap for two thousand six hundred and sixty-three days in a row. It’s a friendship built to last, considering these two have been in contact every day for over seven years.
Tips for Your Own Snapchat Streaks
People may think the numbers for the longest streaks look insurmountable, but that isn’t necessarily true. Snapchat streaks require no real skill, just consistency. The snaps you send to your streak partner could be of literally anything; no real thought is needed. All that is required is that you and your chosen partner send each other one snap per day.
With that said, here are some helpful tips for keeping a Snapchat streak going:
- Choose the right partner whom you have a strong relationship with so you don’t get tired of talking to each other at least once a day.
- It doesn’t matter what you send as your daily snap; it could literally be a blank picture.
- Set up a schedule with your partner so you can both be sure to get that snap in each day.
- Pin your conversation on your profile to keep easy track of it.
- For a snap to be counted as part of the streak, it can’t be a memory snap or spectacle.
- If you somehow lost your streak, especially if you think it was unfair, then message Snapchat.
Each time you reach a new goal with your Snapchat streak, new emojis will appear on your profile. As previously mentioned, when you first see a fire emoji (🔥), that means you’ve reached the first three days of your Snapchat streak. This is the only emoji that will stay on your profile — as long as you keep your streak up.
The next emoji you might encounter in your streak journey is the one hundred emoji (💯). This emoji denotes quite an achievement for you and your streak partner, as you have now kept up the streak for one hundred days. This emoji will appear next to your flame emoji, but it will disappear as soon as you’ve hit one hundred and one days. Enjoy this one while it’s there.
Beyond that, there is only one other emoji you might encounter. This is the hourglass emoji (⏳). If you see it, take it as a warning that your snap streak is about to end. When this emoji appears, it means you have only four hours to send a snap to your streak partner before you lose your record.
Why Pursue a Snapchat Streak?
While it may seem like a Snapchat streak is just a fun measure of friendship, keeping up a streak has a couple of benefits. Any consistent activity on Snapchat will boost your overall score. Streaks are a great way to tick that number up every day.
By keeping up a Snapchat streak, you will unlock various badges for Snapchat. These come in the form of emojis such as the last quarter moon emoji, the monkey covering his eyes emoji, and the smiling face with horns emoji. Though these awards are ultimately just for fun, they will give you some clout or bragging rights amongst your Snapchat friends.
Lastly, beyond the virtual or material gains, a streak is a great measure of connection and friendship. Even though friends may move to different locations and get caught up in different aspects of their lives, a Snapchat streak can serve as an anchor of connection between far-flung mates. Even if you are in a disagreement or fight with your streak partner, keeping up that connection can act as a testament to your relationship.
If you start a Snapchat streak, try and break one of the records listed above; chances are, it will only strengthen your relationship with your streak partner. In our increasingly interconnected world, people have become more alienated than ever. Snapchat streaks are a deceptively helpful tool to combat this.
By pursuing a Snapchat streak, you are setting an intention of friendship with your chosen partner — an intention that is affirmed every day that you keep your streak up. Though you may earn plenty of badges along the way, that streak number — when stripped down — is a testament to how much you enjoy the connection with that person. Even if it’s just a snap a day, a Snapchat streak might very well keep a friendship going for a long time.
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