There is a thin line between ingenuity and complete madness and when one fails to separate the two, the response is a global outcry, hopefully not falling on some dumb ears.
Whatsapp may have innocently wanted to create a cool feature, which is struggling to imitate Snapchat, while at the sametime, Facebook product still wants to control how humans behave on social network, like their own extensions.
By Toneo T Rutsito
The latest update has completely moved the text based status update and also replaced the contact list with a status tab, which completely makes it a nightmare to simply look up for contacts.
While Facebook successfully took hold of WhatsApp and Instagram, unfortunately, it has made repeated efforts to acquire SnapChat in the past., but Snapchat Co-Founders turned down Mark Zuckerberg’s offers on several occasions.
Now Facebook is hoping by taking the features the actual Snapchat value may decrease as it goes through its IPO.
For a well established application like Whatsapp, they should have highly considered such basic features to continuously keep their app intuitive and user friendly.
Besides trying to solve their vendetta, and quenching their appetite for Snap chat, Whatsapp should have clearly given an option to opt out for the new settings as an added advantage, not a permanent update without any option to use it the old way.
Now let’s focus on how to put up a status.
The ‘Camera’ icon on the extreme left opens up your camera and lets you quickly capture an image, make a video or upload from your library as a Status. The suggestion bar also shows images from your recent WhatsApp chats.
Alternatively, under the column ‘Status’, you can click on the ‘My Status’ option on the top and put up a new status.
After selecting an image to upload, you can write a caption, add text, crop, add an emoji or sketch on the image. This all can be done from a single window right before publishing the Status by the bottom right ‘send’ icon.
The ‘settings’ panel on the top-right now includes a new option of ‘Status Privacy’ using which you can set a list of contacts which will be able to see your Status Updates. Right next to it is again an option of putting up a new Status.
To delete a Status that you put, open the ‘Status’ column, click on the Status which you want to delete, then tap on the ‘Trash’ icon. This window will also show you who all viewed your Status.