What Does It Mean When Someone Adds You By Search On Snapchat?

What Does It Mean When Someone Adds You By Search On Snapchat

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Snapchat, a popular social media platform, has transformed the way we communicate and share moments. Users have unique identifiers called “usernames” that represent their Snapchat accounts. But what happens when someone adds you on Snapchat, and what do the notifications mean?

Understanding Snapchat Notifications

When someone adds you on Snapchat, the app sends a notification. These can be a bit odd, especially if you see terms like “added you from search” or “added by username.” But don’t worry; we’ll break this down for you. 

Five reasons why someone might add you on Snapchat

  • Mutual Friends: They might have found you through mutual friends. Snapchat often suggests users with common connections through the “quick add” feature.
  • Shared Interests: They might share similar interests with you and have found your profile because you both follow similar pages or engage with similar content.
  • Acquaintances or Colleagues: They might know you outside of Snapchat, like from school, work, or other social gatherings, and want to connect on the platform.
  • Intrigued by Your Username: Your Snapchat username might have caught their attention, and they’re curious to know more about you.
  • Heard About You: They could have heard about you through word-of-mouth, seen you in someone else’s story, or found you mentioned in a post or article, sparking their interest in connecting.

What Does “Added by Search” Mean  

Imagine you’re in a vast library. Among the millions of books, someone finds one with your name on it. In the Snapchat universe, this is equivalent to someone using the search bar to find your username and then adding you. When someone enters your full username in the search bar and adds you, Snapchat notifies you by saying they “added you from search.”

Difference Between “Added by Search” and “Added by Username”

It’s easy to be bamboozled by Snapchat’s lingo. “Added by search” implies that someone specifically looked you up. Meanwhile, “added by username” generally means someone directly input your Snapchat username to add you. This could be a friend who you’ve shared your Snapchat username with.

Why Random People Might Add You

Ever got a notification from someone you don’t recognize? In this vast digital ocean, sometimes random fish – or Snapchat users – might stumble upon your profile. This can be based on mutual friends, shared interests, or even by chance. But if there’s no apparent reason, it might just be someone intrigued by your username.

How to Tell If Someone Searched Your Username

Snapchat does play a bit hard to get here? While it does tell you when someone added you by searching for your username, there’s no way to see how many people have searched for it. You only get notified when someone takes action to add you.

How To Respond When Somone Adds You To Snapchat

Five ways to respond when someone adds you on Snapchat

  • Accept and Say Hello: You can accept their friend request and send them a simple hello or a friendly Snap to start the conversation.
  • Ask How They Found You: If you don’t recognize the person, you can ask how they found your username or why they decided to add you.
  • Share a Recent Snap: If you recently posted something interesting in your Snap story, you can share it with them as a way to start a conversation about mutual interests.
  • Ask Mutual Friends: If you have mutual friends, you could ask those friends about the person who added you and if they can provide any context or background.
  • Ignore or Decline: If you’re unsure about the person or prefer not to connect with strangers, you can simply ignore the friend request or decline it without responding.

Stopping Unwanted Additions

Don’t want strangers adding you? Dive into Snapchat’s settings. There, you can adjust who can add you – be it everyone, friends of friends, or just your contact list. And if you’re thinking of stopping those “quick add” suggestions, you can do that too.

Potential dangers of accepting unknown friend requests on Snapchap

  • Privacy Risks: Strangers could have access to personal information and snaps you share on your story, putting your privacy at risk.
  • Cyberbullying: Accepting friend requests from unknown users could expose you to cyberbullying or harassment.
  • Scams: Fraudsters often use social media platforms like Snapchat to target victims for scams, phishing, or other fraudulent activities.
  • Sharing Inappropriate Content: There’s a risk of receiving or being exposed to inappropriate or offensive content from strangers.
  • Misrepresentation: People may not always be who they claim to be online. Accepting requests from unknown users increases the risk of connecting with fake accounts or people with malicious intentions.

Ways to Add Friends on Snapchat

There’s more than one route to make connections on Snapchat. Whether it’s by searching usernames, using Snapcodes, or relying on Snapchat’s “quick add” feature based on mutual friends, you have multiple ways of adding friends and expanding your social circle.

Snapchat Suggestions and Quick Adds

Just as you get suggestions on other platforms, Snapchat has its recommendation engine. Sometimes, Snapchat suggests users to add based on mutual connections. This “quick add” feature can be handy but might also be the reason why random users are adding you.

The Psychology Behind “Adding by Search”

When someone takes the effort to search for your username and adds you, it’s often a clear indication of intentionality. They had a reason to connect, whether they’re a long-lost friend, a colleague, or someone who heard about you through the grapevine. There’s an inherent curiosity and directness associated with the act of searching.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does it mean when it says “added by search” on Snapchat?

It means someone found and added you by inputting your username in the Snapchat search bar.

Is there a way to tell how many people searched for my username on Snapchat?

No, Snapchat only notifies you when someone adds you after searching, not mere searches.

What’s the difference between “added by search” and “added by username”?

“Added by search” means someone found you in the search bar, while “added by username” implies they directly input your username to connect.

Can I stop random people from adding me on Snapchat?

Yes, adjust your settings to control who can add you.

How does the “quick add” feature work?

Snapchat suggests friends based on mutual connections, and “quick add” is an easy way to connect with them.

Final Thoughts

Decoding Snapchat’s notifications can seem daunting, but with a deeper understanding, it’s pretty straightforward. Whether it’s a friend searching for your username or a stranger coming across your profile, it’s always good to be informed about who’s trying to connect and why. Stay snap-happy and curate your connections wisely!

Phil Taylor
Phil Taylor Body Language Expert