WhatsApp adds new ‘Status’ feature rolling out to all users is this a strike against Snapchat?.
This is trending on Nigerian Twitter at the moment. WhatsApp has a new feature called Status, which is available to all users. It allows people to update their statuses with photos, videos and more. These updates will disappear after 24 hours.
The icon for Status is located between ‘Chats’ and ‘Calls’ on the navigation bar of your WhatsApp home-screen (as seen above). Once your Status is created, you can control who sees it by specifying so in your privacy settings. You can also discover which of your contacts has viewed your Status on a ‘view counter’ at the bottom of the screen.
WhatsApp currently has over 1 billion monthly users and hosts a daily thoroughfare of about 60 billion messages. “By milking its potential for multimedia usage, WhatsApp can augment itself from a functional messaging tool to a platform that users go to for entertainment.”
It opens up fresh avenues for monetisation, which can help offset the opportunity cost of the scrapping of its earlier $1 nominal fee.
Looks like Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, is still bent on beating Snapchat at their game.
See reactions by twitter users below.
What do you thing about the new Whatsapp feature?
— I’M LEGIT (@Legit9ja) February 24, 2017
whatsapp story vs snapchat story pic.twitter.com/3tAMRzpMsr
— Amirul Sharif (@AmrlSrf) February 24, 2017
This new whatsapp is going to chow our data pic.twitter.com/9ajRVzMhgS
— 🌸🌴Ginger🌴🌸 (@Mogorosi_Kea) February 24, 2017
told my best friend to updates whatsapp new feature now he is my best enemy😂😂
— Maaz (@Maaz_siddiquie) February 24, 2017
I really do hate the new version of whatsapp 🙁
— danialzahari (@dnlzhri) February 24, 2017
— Zainab (@fadedwriting) February 24, 2017
Stop trying to make Snapchat happen, Whatsapp pic.twitter.com/nUkee0CSjK
— Daniella (@naveshni_) February 24, 2017
— Fawad Jawaid (@FawadJawaid1) February 24, 2017
You guys should not update the newest Whatsapp. So irritated
— nilam (@ninonunilam1) February 24, 2017
cb. Whatsapp looks so weird sia 😏.
— Dinashiny 🌙. (@dinashini) February 24, 2017
— Ahsan Kasbati (@ahsankasbati96) February 24, 2017
Wow so now even whatsapp has a story “status feature. Is this even necessary. Now I can view everyone’s private lives inside out.
— Shin Yiing Lim (@shiinglim) February 24, 2017
— 👑 JAY 👑 (@samuelgigs) February 24, 2017
I know you didn’t accidentally video call me on whatsapp because you were checking out my 🔥 dp you just wanted to start a conversation 😤 pic.twitter.com/SuTtYdgYzy
— CULTURE (@_Nathilanzi) February 24, 2017