Whatsapp needs no introduction, it’s almost as popular as Facebook itself. The messaging app bought by Facebook rolled out a new update a few days ago that included a new “WhatsApp Status” feature. It is safe to say now Facebook is kind of obsessed with Snapchat. One by one, feature by feature, the devs at Facebook, and Facebook owned services are copying Snapchat. Only this time, users don’t seem to like it.
A little background first.
The “Status” feature lets users share photos, GIFs or videos overlaid with drawings, emojis and a caption that will be visible to selected friends for 24 hours, before disappearing. According to a WhatsApp blog, status updates are now end-to-end encrypted.
- Once the app is updated, WhatsApp status update tab can be seen near the Calls and Chats tab.
- Tap on the Status tab.
- Here status posted by all the contacts can be seen.
- To reply to the person who posted the status, tap on that particular status. The replies are sent to regular chats along with the snapshot of that person’s Status.
- To post status, click on the dotted circle with plus sign or you can just tap on “My Status”.
Why do people hate it?
I don’t use Whatsapp. Never been a fan. And while I did know about this new feature rolling out, this morning I woke up and I find memes making fun of it. I read the comments and realized something is wrong with the new update and people seem to not like it. I decided I’ll install Whatsapp and see what this is about myself. I did, but before that, I took a look at the comments on the app’s Playstore page.
Its obvious, people don’t dislike it. They hate it. And thus the long and detailed complaints. Everybody has their own explanations but mostly, it is but one common reason. Parents. Snapchat is confusing for parents, and thus quite popular among kids today. It’s a niche, that Snapchat adopted, and now can’t break free of. In its early days, Facebook used to be the same, and so was Whatsapp. Today, Facebook and Whatsapp are both used by a lot of parents. While Snapchat and Instagram are universally popular amongst millennials, WhatsApp is a more ‘family-oriented’ app.
So its understandable that many are not liking the change. We know what kind of stuff gets shared among the realm of parents. You’re probably going to see that now in a more vivid, colorful way. But here’s something that might help if you do wish to try the new feature. The Status feature has three privacy options.
My contacts: Status will be shared with all contacts.
My contacts except: Status will be shared with all contacts excluding the contacts you don’t want to share.
Only share with: Status will be shared only to the contacts you want to share.
Users can also see who has viewed their Status update by tapping the eye icon at the bottom of any Status update. So it’s not all bad. There is some level of control over who you share it with.
There are however some other reasons people are not a fan of the new update. WhatsApp has removed the old status update feature that people used with their profile photo. The app after the update, no more shows the old status. Instead you can now only see your username and the phone number.
To all those people who used their status as a subtle medium to inform their contacts about their absence or availability in town, WhatsApp’s new feature won’t help them. The status update has no place for words. You can share images, Gifs but can’t type. And then the status goes poof… gone .. after 24 hours.
The new update also removes the contacts list and replaces it with a call log instead. It now shows message logo at the bottom which if you touch takes you to the ‘select contact’ page where you find all your all contacts. This is unnecessarily complicating the simplest thing.
With features like these, Whatsapp does not seem like the simple messaging app it used to be, which is why people jumped on board in the first place. It is now more like a social media platform and users are not very excited about the new direction this is going into.
Do you use Whatsapp? Do you like the new update?