present. It has been pushing in some seriously interesting updates from
the past few months, turning it for the first time into a platform for
passively consuming content, similar to the way people scroll through
their Facebook or Instagram newsfeeds.
a short video, this feature is exactly like Snapchat’s hugely
successful Stories feature, launched three years ago, which lets users
share similarly-ephemeral timelines.
GIFs or videos overlaid with drawings, emojis and a caption that will be
visible to selected friends for 24 hours, before disappearing. The
feature was tested in November last year and was pushed to beta testers
As you would expect, Status gets a tab of its own, in between Chats and Calls.
It’s easy to create Status messages, especially if you’ve used the
aforementioned Stories feature in either Snapchat or Instagram. WhatsApp
Status updates you create are visible to your contacts by default,
though you can change them to My contacts except… or Only share with… as well.
Within the Status tab you will see various groups: My status, which shows your most recent WhatsApp status (you can swipe to see who’s seen your Status, similar to messages); Recent Updates, which shows new WhatsApp Status messages that your friends have created in the last 24 hours; Viewed Updates,
which is self-explanatory; and Muted, which lists updates from users
you’ve muted. If you deleted a WhatsApp Status you’ve created, it’s
deleted from the phones of all your contacts – even from ones who’ve
already seen the Status.
The new WhatsApp Status feature is rolling out to users in Netherlands
and France, the feature will available soon around the world for iOS, Android and Windows Phone users.