Snapchat is still kicking among under 25s in the UK – despite TikTok’s surge in popularity.
The OG camera-messaging app still pulls in millions of daily users – and data site Statista says Snapchat’s own 2021 figures put that number at an eye-watering 293 million.
Though we love a good 30-second TikTok dance, sending funny or filtered photos and videos – which disappear seconds after they’ve been viewed – never gets old.
On Snapchat, you can also show off your location with GeoFilters, check out your astrological profile, or document your day with 24-hour-long Snapchat Stories (a concept later released by Instagram).
Reckon you fancy joining the youth of today on yet another app?
Prepare yourself: there are a lot of acronyms and terms floating about, and you should probably know how to use ’em.
Snapchat slang, acronyms, terminology and their meanings
SMO: OK, so this one really depends on the context. SMO could mean Serious Mode On (meaning you’re feeling or talking about something in a non-jokey way).
It could also mean Shout Me Out (perhaps meaning you want someone to give you a social media shout out).
Though, if you’re getting on a bit and are seeing this in a work or digital context, it could possibly mean something slightly less exciting: ‘Social Media Optimisation’.
SFS / S4S: This means ‘Snap for Snap’ – or ‘shout out for shout out’ – which is essentially a way of promoting another Snapchat user.
Streak: A Snapchat streak keeps track of how many consecutive days you’ve sent Snaps to the same person.
If you were to send Snaps to your best friend every day for seven months, for example, you’d see a little flame next to their name, with a number marking how many days you’ve kept the streak doing.
PU: Essentially, PU is an acronym for ‘pop up’. A literal translation would be ‘get on Snapchat and message me’.
Snap score: Your score basically reveals how much you’ve been using the app. The higher the number, the more Snaps you’ve sent. Here’s how to find your Snap score.
TM: Could mean ‘text message’, ‘too much’ or ‘trust me’, depending on the context of the chat.
SMH: You’ll see this one cross-platforms. It usually means ‘shaking my head’, which expresses disappointment or bewilderment.
FFF: There are so many possible meanings for FFF that it’s hard to say.
One could be ‘follow for follow’, which would see a Snapchat user would follow people who follow them back.
SU: Usually, SU means ‘swipe up’.
If you’re looking at a Snapchat Story and see ‘SU’, if you swipe your finger up, you’ll usually be taken to your phone’s internet browser and a web page linked to the story.
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