Just recently, Whatsapp released an updated version that allowed users to update their status with pictures and videos, like it is done in snap chat and Instagram stories.
It was alleged that owner of Whatsapp, Mark Zuckerberg, who is also owner of Facebook and Instagram, integrated those snap chat features after failing to purchase Snap Chat, to ignite a fierce competition.
There were mixed reactions across the globe, following the update, with a larger number of users expressing their disapproval about the new photo and video status update. A lot cried for the text status to be returned.
Barely a month after the update, whatsapp has released a statement in quick response to users’ disapproval. Whatsapp stated:
We heard from our users that people missed the ability to set a persistent text-only update in their profile, so we have 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 are 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.
This is good customer service, it must be commended! Finally a Social media that actually listens to its customers!
The return of the text status however is available for only Android beta users for now. The text status appeared on the Android Beta version of Whatsapp at the ‘About’ section last week. To edit your text status update, go to the About section at your profile. To view status of others, open their contact, as in trying to start a new chat. According to whatsapp, the text status would roll out to all other Android versions next week, then soon to iPhone users. View below image, an illustration by Wikihow, on how to edit your status update at the ‘About’ section.
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