Snapchat users mostly chat using terms that aren’t used on a daily basis on other social media platforms. Even if a term is commonly thought to mean a thing, the term could mean something else on Snapchat.
Although the social media app might have lost a bit of its shine to TikTok recently, it doesn’t stop it from keeping up with slang and having its peculiar lingo. Despite the fact that TikTok is gaining more users than Snapchat, Snapchat still keeps evolving with new updates.
In the same way, Snapchat evolves in features so also its users create new terminology to pass across their point. Snapchat is now filled with terms related to the app, one of the terms is ION. Daily, new slang is formed and used by social media users to communicate without having to type as much.
Snapchat also now has new slang that comes as a result of frequent use on other social media platforms. Slangs, though informal, are words that add fun to text or messages. Let’s imagine your friend replied to the chat or text you sent to him a few days back using the slang “ION”. You begin to wonder why he replied with ion, because the only ion you know is chemistry term that means a molecule or atom that consists of electric charge. Outside the brain box of ion you are familiar with in your classroom, ion does mean some other things.
Meanings of ION on Snapchat
When it relates to snap messages or Facebook messages, ion, you learned about in chemistry class has no relation with it. Ion has various meanings. It depends on the usage. But majorly, ion is used to connote “I don’t know” or “In other News”. However, there is a difference in usage. “I don’t know” is mostly written with small letters (as in ion) while “In other News” is abbreviated in capital letters (as in ION).
ION can also be used to represent the word Interoffice note. An interoffice note is a process of sending and receiving messages between people in the same office. Some gamers use the word ion when playing particular games on Discord and TeamSpeak. Ion could also refer to a video game company at times, it all depends on context. Ion began to show up on socializing media as a slang abbreviated to mean “I don’t” in 2009.
Ion is used mostly in chats and texts. Try saying I don’t know very fast, you will hear yourself saying something like iono, this is why ion is used to symbolize “I don’t know”.
On Snapchat, ion can be used to change the topic you are discussing with a friend. This could be very helpful when the discussion becomes very boring and you decide to change the topic. It can be used to begin another conversation. Some Snapchat users use this acronym with contacts they don’t talk to often but want to start a conversation with. Basically, ION is also used on Snapchat to begin a new conversation. Ion can also be used on Snapchat to call people’s attention to a truth you want to share on your status. For instance, ION, Joe Biden is now President.
Ion can be used in a chat to indicate your indecisiveness about a topic
“Ion know if I should hang out with my folks or stay at home”
Basically, this individual is saying that he doesn’t know whether he should hang out with his friends or remain at home. Ion can be used in different ways in chat.
Let’s look at another example
Mr. P: “What do you intend to do on this long vacation?”
B: “Ion have a plan yet”
Mr. P: Let’s go to the beach tomorrow then
B: I’ll think about it.
There are different ways by which you make use of ION on Snapchat. You can use it while chatting with a friend, or while sending a snap to your contacts. The fun aspect of using the ION slang is that it has stickers. Basically, these stickers are made to look fun to keep things light-hearted in your conversation
So, how can you send the ion sticker on Snapchat?
- Click on your Snapchat app to keep it running
- Select a picture, use it as the background of your snap wall
- After doing that, toggle on the sticker button that is on the right segment of your panel
- Look for In Other News using the search bar.
- It will display different stickers for you to pick from. Click on the one that appeals to you and send it or include it in your story.
Other Popular Snapchat Slang
Apart from ION, other terms too are commonly used on Snapchat. For instance, GMS and SFS. GMS means “Good Morning streaks”, however, it can be altered to mean “Good Night Streaks”. Snapchat encourages users, to frequently chat with each other to create a snap streak. One of the coolest ways for users to maintain these streaks is through daily greetings. Snapchat users then start or begin their days with GNS or GMS on snaps, so they keep up with their streaks. SFS stands for Snap-for-Snap or shout-out for shout-out. It means users promoting one another in their respective circles.
When users want to connect with someone on Snapchat, they mostly say AMOS. If you have seen AMOS anywhere on your snap it’s a Snapchat term and not a name. It is the short form of “Add Me on Snapchat.”
Another term says Put Me on Your Snap, the acronym for that is PMOYS. And it can be used when you want someone to mention you or when you want to mention someone or have their picture added in your snap.
Snap Back (SB) doesn’t mean you snapping back at someone who got on your nerves. No, they don’t relate at all. It is when a user wants to get you engaged on series of snaps or is waiting for your response.
There is another term too that applies when someone wants to know the person a user recently had a snap streak with, or the last person spoken to on Snapchat. The term is “Streaks N Recent” (SNR). Follow For Follow (FFF) is used when a user follows someone and asks them to follow you back in return.
IMO, means In My Opinion, it is a term used to describe someone’s opinion about a particular topic. The News Flash slang is very related to ION, and it can be used to bring a friend’s attention to a topic. Usually something that the person is worried or cares about.
ICDYDK means Stand for In Case You Don’t know. The term can be used interchangeably with FLI and ion to note signify a change of topic. FYI stands for “For Your Information” is used to simply tell someone about something they do not have an idea about.
In the social media world, knowing different kinds of applications is not enough. It is good to know lots of apps but understanding the lingo for each of these apps is also important. Each of these social media apps has its own language or slang that is used only on the platform, if used outside of it, things could get awkward. So, get familiar with emoticons, abbreviations, and other forms of lingo.
All you need to do is to try to get familiar with the terms on Snapchat and I can guarantee you will have a nice time using the app.