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What the New Snapchat Emojis Really Mean

By now, you’ve probably noticed the emojis that have started popping up next to your contacts on Snapchat. If you haven’t, you A) need to go check Snapchat and be more social right freaking now or B) are a high-functioning, productive human being that isn’t glued to her phone like I am… in which case, I’m really jealous of you.

For those of us lesser beings, here’s the DL on Snapchat’s new emoji system: think frenemy drama, à la MySpace Top 8’s in 2007.

The Heart


What it means: You’re each other’s #1 friends.

What it really means: It’s your best friend, your boyfriend, or that one guy who really should be your boyfriend.



What it means: You’ve been snapping them on the daily.

What it really means: If they’re nudes, slow down; if they’re ugly selfies, please continue.

The Gritted Teeth


What it means: Your #1 best friend is their #1 best friend.

What it really means: You should be just as agitated as the emoji face, because that new guy you’ve been talking to is totally a P-L-A-Y-A.

The Sunglasses


What it means: You have a mutual best friend with someone

What it really means: You’re cool, they’re cool… Why aren’t you two best friends yet?

Blushing Smiley


What it means: You’re one of their best friends, but you’re not their #1 best friend

What it really means: “Best friend” is a tier, not a position… Just kidding, it’s totally a position.

The Smirk


What it means: You’re their best friend, but they’re not your best friend.

What it really means: You’re practically Regina George at this point, just make sure nobody has found your Burn Book.

Nikki is a senior at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where her parents think she's on track to graduate early with degrees in both Finance and French. She is -- kind of -- but she currently functions under the delusion that graduation, much like the limit, does not actually exist. In wake of this recent quarter-life crisis, Nikki plans to live out her final days as an undergrad nursing her giant ego, making Mean Girls references, and advocating for the continued use of the Oxford comma. She prefers her dog and s'mores Poptarts over most things, and survives on a delicate combination of iced coffee and cookie dough. In her free time, Nikki enjoys binge watching Modern Family, embarrassing herself in front of cute boys, and making empty promises to go to the gym. Hate mail and Mindy Kaling gifs can be tweeted to her anytime at @nikkikontiki.