I got a Snapchat account about five or six moths ago, I think it was around thanksgiving. The reason I downloaded the app was because a friend of mine recently moved to Korea and we’ve been using different ways of keeping in touch since we can’t see each other very often. We use Skype mostly, but Snapchat is unique in that it allows for extremely short form communication; just little glances into another’s life, a funny picture, a clever drawing.
Initially, I only added my closest friends and we all downloaded the app at relatively the same time, within about two months of each other. In fact, one of my friends downloaded the app the same day i did. With Snapchat you get a score next to your username that is relative to the number of snaps you have sent and recieved (I’m not 100% sure how the score is added up). My close friends and I mostly use the app to send snaps to each other; each of us only having a few people outside of our group that we connect with by using this app. Since we mostly snap each other, our scores have remained pretty much in lock as they increase; one of my friends has always had a score 200 greater than mine, one of them 100 less, etc.
Recently, about two weeks ago, I added several people to my friends list effectively doubling the number. With this increase in people my score has increased at a faster rate than it was before even though the rate at which I use the app has not really changed at all. As I said earlier, I got the app on the same day as one of my friends. He and I have had essentially the same score with little variation because we have been using the app for the same amount of time, we had the same people in our friends list, and we use the app at about the same rate. However since I have recently added more people to my Snapchat network, I have steadily moved past his score and am catching up to my friends who started using the app before I got it. I know it probably seems obvious that this would happen, but I still find it interesting.
Let me try to explain how this separation of scores between my friend and myself is occurring. Before, whenever I would send out a snap (it would likely include all of my close friends), my friend would get a point and I would get a point. Conversely, whenever he would send me a snap, he would get a point and I would get a point. Also, whenever one of our other friends would send out a snap, all three of us would get a point. This conjoined point-getting is the reason that our scores never deviated very far from one another. Now that I have more people in my network, the likelihood that a snap I received (and a point received) was also received or sent by my friend (which would result in a point for him) has decreased notably in the past couple of weeks.
TL;DR While most of my snaps are still from my close group of friends, the additional contacts that I added recently have quickly increased my Snapchat score because networks.