The bizarre new pulsating effect on Snapchat messages has a very simple meaning

Snapchat users are confused as many accounts suddenly start flashing the “Delivered” sign.

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Why is “delivered” flashing on Snapchat?

The word “delivered” flashes after you send a message to let you know the message was successfully delivered to the friend.

“When the word ‘delivered’ flashes on Snapchat, it means the Snap you sent was successfully delivered to the recipient,” Snapchat’s chatbot My AI confirmed.

“It’s just a way to let you know your Snap has reached its destination.”

Other words will also flash, including “received,” “open,” and “new snap,” to indicate the action has been completed.

My AI answers the question about “delivered” flashing on Snapchat
My AI | Snapchat

This does not mean that the person is active

There’s a rumor going around the internet that the blinking means the person is currently active in the app and won’t open your message.

However, that is not true. The pulsing feature also doesn’t mean the recipient swipes halfway through the message.

This misinformation went viral in October according to a TikTok user said: “Snapchat just released the most interesting little thing.”

“If you’ve sent someone a Snapchat message and it flashes while it says ‘delivered,’ that means the person is actively using the app,” she continued.

The video has been viewed more than 2.4 million times and sent everyone into a frenzy in the comments because people thought it was true.

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