Whatsapp has finally officially launched their new Status feature which had been in beta mode since long. The Whatsapp feature was much discussed and it was known that Whatsapp would be rolling out the feature as early as last year and after months of waiting, the feature is finally unveiled. This is the second major update to the app Whatsapp has launched in the new year and looks like the trend of updating the a with newer features will continue throughout this new year. Coming back to the present rollout, the new feature apes Snapchat and gives a major boost to the status feature which has been present but so far redundant in Whatsapp. Although the new feature is a direct copy of the Snapchat Status feature, it is bound to bring some form of excitement make the otherwise boring Whatsapp status tab more fun.
The new update lets Whatsapp users keep changing their Status and share it with family and friends (all their Whatsapp contacts) throughout the day. They can keep posting their activities in real time and share it with contacts. Not only can images be shared but the new feature also supports videos and gif images, making it a lot more fun. The new status feature also comes with the time limit, meaning the images or video that you upload stays on for just a limited time – 24 hours, post which it gets auto deleted. This makes the feature even more fun and keeps encouraging people to share more and more of their daily activities through the new platform. While Facebook users do have the option of adding Images or Videos and Gifs to their profile photos, Instagram users still do not have the luxury. Does this mean that post Whatsapp, Insta users will also get a few updates?
The new feature will be available to users with the latest upgrade, which is being rolled out in parts. Once the users download the new, upgraded version, they can start adding their custom images to status. The new feature has an all new tab called Status, which will be placed right next to the present Chat, Calls, etc tab. Users are free to post any content they want and this new Status tab will act as the timeline where other friends can check out what you have been posting. The Status feature will also let users limit their posts – meaning if you wish to share something with friends but not with family (eg, that crazy gif from last night’s party), you can limit it to only friends and exclude family from the sharing. Since these status messages vanish after 24 hours, there is no way to keep the longer and you will have to save the original file on your device instead.
Jan Koum, the maker of Whatsapp announced the new feature and while discussing it, he said, “We are excited to announce that, coinciding with WhatsApp’s 8th birthday on February 24, we are reinventing the status feature. Starting today, we are rolling out an update to status, which allows you to share photos and videos with your friends and contacts on WhatsApp in an easy and secure way. Yes, even your status updates are end-to-end encrypted.” Whatsapp is slowly but gradually upgrading its image and going from a simple basic app to a one stop solution for everything from messaging to social media. In the age of speed, Whatsapp is reinventing itself but it would be nice to see the app come up with some original features and stop being a Snapchat clone, which is exactly how it feels right now.
Here is a How-to video which helps you to setup your Whatsapp Status and create you Stories.
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