WhatsApp Text Status is rolling back

by · March 18, 2017

Last month, WhatsApp removed the feature which lets you post a status on the messaging service and replaced it with Snapchat stories clone. However, a lot of users were unhappy with this change and as a result the company faced severe criticism for the same.
WhatsApp has confimed that the ‘About Status’ will roll back to Android users next week and will make its way soon to iOS. Just as before, users will be able to set a text status and view other people’s Status by opening their contact when starting a new chat thread or looking at group chat info.
The company further stated, “We heard from our users that people missed the ability to set a persistent text-only update in their profile, so we’ve integrated this feature into the ‘About’ section in profile settings. Now, the update will appear next to profile names anytime you view contacts, such as when creating a new chat or looking at Group info. At the same time, we’re continuing to build on the new Status feature that gives people fun and engaging ways to share photos, videos, and GIFs with their friends and family throughout their day.”

Facebook also introduced a similar feature on its Messenger service, named “Messenger Day”. This feature also lets you post photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours, but it’s a little more invasive than WhatsApp as it changes a lot of the interface behaviour jarring people’s habitual patterns.

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