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October 3, 2019
10/03/2019
Snap Chatter — September 2019: iPhone 11, Friday the 13th, Mario Kart Tour, and “HoCo”
September had Snapchatters considering phone upgrades, avoiding broken mirrors and banana peels, and flaunting their school spirit.
Global: Trending Topics
The new iPhone 11 release had Snapchatters around the world considering a swap out of their old devices for the latest version that features an Ultra Wide camera and pet-focused portrait mode. Book smarts (and street smarts) also got tons of attention as India celebrated Teachers Day, and UK Snapchatters got hyped for the Drizzy-assisted revival of crime TV series “Top Boy.” The first Friday the 13th of the year, which ironically took place exactly 13 weeks before the December Friday the 13th, had Canadian Snapchatters dodging sidewalk cracks, while Snapchatters in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates commemorated the 89th Saudi National Day. For French Snapchatters, the release of FIFA 20 was cause for celebration among gamers.
US: Trending Topics
September was an adrenaline rush for Snapchatters. Caffeine lovers got an extra kick on National Coffee Day. Fans broke out their team colors for Football Sunday. Snapchatters looking for spooky fun flocked to the nearest Six Flags for Fright Fest 2019, while Raid Area 51 Day piqued UFO conspiratorialists’s interests. On a more serious note, the Global Climate Strike encouraged Snapchatters to take to the streets and sound the alarm on climate change. September also marked the 18th anniversary of 9/11, a time of reflection for Snapchatters, while National Grandparents Day and National Daughters Day brought them closer to loved ones. 
US: Trending Entertainment
Snapchatters had all the feels for J-Lo & Co. in Hustlers, but something about the cooler weather and longer nights had them craving mystery and horror, too. They tuned into season two of Spanish-language drama “Elite,” shuddered at the latest installment of “American Horror Story,” and lined up for spooky thrills in IT Chapter Two and K-12. For interactive entertainment, it was all about the competition, with Mario Kart Tour and FIFA 20 keeping Snapchatters’ thumbs in overdrive.
US: Trending Celebrities
Snapchatters followed the rise and fall of NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown, questioned their Fantasy Football odds after Drew Brees suffered a nasty hand injury, and searched for answers on the anniversary of Mac Miller’s death. Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke was still riding high after his song “Welcome to the Party” dominated the summer charts, while fellow rapper DaBaby released his highly anticipated second album. YouTuber De’Arra Taylor was also on cloud nine following her viral engagement. 
US: Trending Slang
September kicked off a new school year for many Snapchatters. Teens were solidifying their primping plans before the big “HoCo” dance, asking their friends to “GRWM” or “Get Ready With Me.” A new generation of “it” girls rose to prominence for their effortless styling of scrunchies and quirky language habits, expressing their feelings with the occasional “Sksksk.” If that sounds oddly unsettling, it might be due to the start of spooky season, that time of year before Halloween when creepy vibes are at an all time high and black cat sightings feel just a bit more ominous. 
Canada Spotlight: Trending Topics
In September, Canadian Snapchatters stocked up on the latest tech gear and games, and got ready to flaunt their new ‘dos for back-to-school and picture day. Essays and math problems are scary enough after summer vacation, but Snapchatters decided to fuel their fears with some pre-Halloween flicks and extraterrestrial activities. 
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1Source: Internal Snapchat Search and Sticker Search data, September 2019; Public Snaps & Our Story Submissions Only