WhatsApp reinvents status feature to celebrate 8th anniversary

WhatsApp reinvents status feature to celebrate 8th anniversary

Messaging was added to WhatsApp in 2009, but the status function was still text only.

Meanwhile, people have already started comparing the new WhatsApp status feature to Snapchat Stories. The Status tool will let people share photos, videos and animated GIFs with friends, all of which will disappear after 24 hours. You can spice things up by doodling on your creation, or adding things like emoji and text.

Now the firm is going back to its initial raison d'être, while also doing what all Facebook-owned products tend to do these days - integrating features borrowed from Snapchat.

As on Snapchat, WhatsApp stories are posted from an in-app camera.

While Snap Inc. focuses its efforts on getting its Spectacles glasses out into the world, its competitors are starting to latch onto Snapchat's signature features.

WhatsApp is celebrating its 8th birthday this week (on February 24th to be exact). Previously, status updates were text-based and stayed for as long as you left them. In this tab, you can also view friends and family members' Statuses, and reply to them privately.

This is, of course, not the first such "clone" of Snapchat Stories.

This change will be rolled out to the users in the coming updates.

By the way, TechCrunch reports that WhatsApp now has 1.2 billion monthly users worldwide, and they are sending 60 billion messages a day. In reality, it seems to more be a move to push non-permanent photo sharing across as many Facebook apps as possible. WhatsApp has had a great ride these past 8 years and they are showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Android users can also grab the app from WhatsApp's website. Sarafa said that WhatsApp users send 3.3 billion photos per day, double what they did this time last year, and 760 million videos per day, triple last year's amount. According to a report from The New York Times, more than 150 million people use Instagram Stories every day, and that is enough to make Snapchat a bit nervous about its future.

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