WhatsApp announced a fun, new way for the 250 million monthly users of WhatsApp Status (global) to express themselves. The new feature makes it easy to share creative text-based status updates. Now you never have to worry about getting the word out to all your family and friends. Whether you’re looking for vacation recommendations or notifying a group about the address for a party, the text-based status feature allows you to update your contacts in a fun and personal way. To customize text statuses, users can choose a specific font and background color, or include links.
The new feature is available on iPhone and Android phones. Also, users can now view Status updates on WhatsApp for the web.
Tips & tricks for sharing a status:
- Control who can see your Status update: In WhatsApp’s privacy settings, you have the option to choose the people who will receive your update. You can select from the following three options: “my contacts,” “contacts except…” and “only share with…”
- See who has viewed your Status update: Tap the eye icon at the bottom of any Status update to view a list of contacts who have seen your update.
- Reply to an update: When you view someone’s Status update, there is a reply button, so you can comment on any photo, video, or GIF. Once you tap reply, your message will be sent in a WhatsApp chat with a thumbnail of the Status update.