Whats App says that the addition, launched in time to mark its 8th birthday, is a reaction to changes in how people are using the app.“When we noticed people were using the feature to communicate in real time, we redesigned Whats App as a messaging app,” Whats Appp CEO Jan Koum wrote.“This new and improved status feature will let you keep your friends who use Whats App easily updated in a fun and simple way." Previously, Whats App users were only able to set their own message as a status, or choose from a number of pre-set alternatives such as “At Work” or “Available”.
The new Status, which was originally set to launch on Friday but has apparently been unleashed early, will let Whats App users send short clips to their friends, which can be photos, videos or GIFs These can be further customised by adding emoji and text annotations, with a wide variety of colours available.
A private messaging app that takes from your existing social media profiles and adds them to your “bubble.” The content is posted for all of your friends to see.
Direct messaging is one of the main features of this app.
Like Instagram and Snapchat, you can set up multiple updates, which will play one after the other, giving your contacts a full view of your day.
New updates will be shown when users open up Whats App, separate from existing conversations in a new Status tab.