Instant messaging platform WhatsApp has launched a number of updates to one of its key features, the Status, announced on Tuesday (February 7th).
WhatsApp launched the Status feature on February 24, 2017, the company’s eighth birthday.
The company stated in its blog update about the new features that it will provide users with more ways to connect with their friends and family.
Private Audience Selector, one of the five major updates, allows users to choose the privacy settings for each status they share.
WhatsApp also stated that the audience selected through the Private Audience Selector will be saved and used as the default for your next status update.
Other significant updates released by the messaging platform include the addition of a Voice Status, which will allow WhatsApp users to record and share voice messages of up to 30 seconds on their status.
Status Reactions will also allow users to quickly respond to status updates from friends and contacts by selecting one of eight emojis.
The Status Reaction update will also allow users to reply to a status with text, voice messages, stickers and more.
Here are the five new features coming to WhatsApp Status:
Private Audience Selector
Every status you share may not always be right for all of your contacts. We’re providing you with the flexibility to update your privacy settings per status so you can choose who views your status each time you update it. Your most recent audience selection will be saved and used as the default for your next status.
We’re introducing the ability to record and share voice messages up to 30 seconds on WhatsApp status. Voice status can be used for sending more personal updates, especially if you feel more comfortable expressing yourself by talking rather than typing.
We’re adding status reactions to provide a quick and easy way to respond to status updates from your friends and close contacts. This was the #1 feature users wanted, following the launch of Reactions last year. You can now quickly reply to any status by swiping up and tapping on one of eight emojis. You can of course still reply to a status with text, voice message, stickers and more.
Status Profile Rings for New Updates
With the new status profile ring you’ll never miss a status from a loved one. This ring will be present around your contact’s profile picture whenever they share a status update. It will be visible in the chat lists, group participant lists, and contact info.
Link Previews on Status
Now when you post a link on your status, you’ll automatically see a visual preview of the link content, just like when you send a message. Visual previews make your statuses look better, and also give your contacts a better idea of what the link is before they click.
The company said these updates have started rolling out to users globally and will be available to everyone in the coming weeks
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