Friday, 24 February 2017

WhatsApp Status rolls out: Its no more a Chatting App

Few days back WhatsApp announced a Status feature which will convert WhatsApp to Social Media App then a normal Chatting App. Feature was supposed to reach in peoples phone in few days its now has, yesterday WhatsApp's new feature rolled out in Google Play and iOS Store. So whats exactly this new feature is ? People who're not much aware of Snapchat should know that basically this feature is introduced to compete with Snapchat only, a unique Social Media app who disappears your Story within 24 hours of your posting and allows to bring more within your followers and friends, recently Hike too launched their feature termed "Stories". So WhatsApp's Status launching is good for those who're not fond with Hike or not sure about Snapchat. Indeed its a new start for WhatsApp and its all new Social Media for the user in some extent. 

How to use WhatsApp Status Feature ?

* First of all user have to update WhatsApp with latest version with a respective playstore.

* Once updated you able to see the new Tab of "Status" between "Chats" and "Calls" and its a very intelligent call to place the tab in between few important feature so that everyone gets a view on it.

* When you click on Status you able to see Status updates by the Contacts you have.

--Tap on a status to reply to that person, that reply sent to the regular chat conversation you have with that person along with a snapshot of a status. So with this Status will trigger the conversation as well.

* To add your own Status you needs to click on the given circle or simply on "My Status".

--After successfully posting your Status, it will be appear on the top with a timing it was updated.

* After posting Status it will take 24 hours to expire automatically but if you still wants to delete before a given time you can click on 3 dots in front of your Status, it will move you to the next page where you can select the status and use the delete option in the top, also you can reshare your status with some of your contacts along with can check how many people actually view your status.

Take care of your Privacy 

For those who is bit a private person not wants to share every bit of his or her life in Social Media can have some relief with new Feature of WhatsApp because now you secure your Status with few contacts you don't wants to share with.

Thats why WhatsApp introduces 3 option for those who usually have lots of contact list and using only one number for WhatsApp either its a Client, Friend or Family. Using these 3 option you can point who can have a access of your Status. These 3 options are:

My Contacts This by default option will let you share your Status with every contact you saved.

My Contacts except... This will basically let you share your Status with everyone except few you don't wants to share with, for example you have contact of your Clients they don't bother what you shared which belongs to your Family or Friends hence you can curb such contact from the Status.

Only Share with... This will further help you to share the status to only those you wants to share with, for example if the Status belongs to your family then choose only those contacts, if to your friends then choose the similar contacts only.

What you have lost in this new update ?

* Now the old Status option is removed by  WhatsApp, its bad for those who uniquely used to update the by default template status whether they're "available" or are "busy" or are "in meeting" appreciate for "no calls only whatsapp" like this. Before you can put the Status forever but now you have to update the similar status in every 24 hours unless you're not deleting it before a given timeline along with your picture or video as well since you can't update Status in plain text which not looks to be sensible for professionals.

* Privacy in current scenario of WhatsApp is like set it for once and for all Status updates, its not allowing you to set privacy separately with every new Status Post, hopefully WhatsApp tunes a bit in this.

Author of the post is +Anirudha Das, he writes in Tech, Sports, Social, Politics, Business. Follow him on social media at @anirudhasdas

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