Stalkers Forcing Snapchat to Reinstate ‘Best Friends’ Feature — And It’s Coming Back
We are all creepy stalkers, and there is no denying that. At one point in our virtual life, we all have stalked our secret crushes on their social network profile, and ended up digging facts we did not want to surface.
Facebook and Twitter are pretty easy to keep tabs on someone, but a service as secretive as Snapchat has always been difficult in comparison. However, it still did have a “Best Friends” feature which listed the three people each user most often messaged, allowing them to keep checks on who was sending ephemeral photos to whom.
But then Snapchat chose to annoy these user just like every other social platform did (WhatsApp’s blue ticks?), and announced it was to bring an end to the Best Friends feature.
This led to an uproar by the stalking community, so much so that the company was forced to take back its decision and bring their beloved feature back to life. The obsessed stalkers claimed that the feature was essential as it ensured faithfulness of their partners.
Snapchat is famous for its ability to send each other messages, pictures and videos that self destruct after one to ten seconds. This led to a rise in sharing content users would normally prevent sharing in the public domain. However, this very self destructing, ephemeral attribute of the service is why people are so paranoid about staying put with the Best Friend feature.
This new snapchat update is gonna make girl friends everywhere freak out now that they cant look at their boy friend(or ex bf's) top friends
— Adam Schoen (@adam_schoen) January 27, 2015
Why did snapchat disable the best friends feature?! Do you know how many people I caught out through that!!!!!!!!
— rhirhi (@StylesIsFit) January 28, 2015
On the other hand, others pointed out the value of trust in a relationship.
If the new snapchat makes you that paranoid about your bf/gf cheating then maybe you shouldn't be in a relationship to begin with
— mouqeet the G.O.A.T (@mouqeet_) January 27, 2015
Stop complaining about the new snapchat, if you have to check your boyfriends bf's because you don't trust him then you shouldn't be dating
— Hannah (@HFogg17) January 28, 2015
Snapchat responded quickly to the controversy, as CEO Evan Spiegel reassured users that it would return.
We'll bring back BFs soon. A few higher-profile friends wanted to keep their usernames private – we'll come up with a better way to do that.
— Evan Spiegel (@evanspiegel) January 27, 2015