I use a plethora of messaging apps to keep in touch with people, such as Discord, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, and one particular feature WhatsApp seems to lack over the others is the ability to react to specific messages in group chats, or even just one-on-one chats in general. Well, it seems as though WhatsApp will finally be getting on with the times so to speak by adding in a bunch of new features to group chats, including the ability to react to messages.
In particular, WhatsApp says they’re adding emoji reactions for group chats so that users can quickly share their thoughts about a particular message without flooding the chat with new messages. An example would be if someone in the work chat asks if they’d like to go for dinner, and rather than having everyone replying yes or no and subsequently sending notifications to everyone as well, people can simply react to the invitation accordingly.
On top of that, WhatsApp group admins will also be given the ability to remove errant or problematic messages from the group chat. When an admin removes a message from someone else, everyone will also be able to see that it was deleted and by who. WhatsApp groups will also be able to conduct one-tap voice calling, supporting up to 32 people at one time with a new simpler design. And lastly, WhatsApp is also increasing file sharing sizes to 2GB, something that they were previously testing out for certain users.
📣 We're excited to announce a new feature rolling out later this year called Communities!— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) April 14, 2022
With Communities, you'll be able to bring related groups together in a way that helps you organize meaningful connections easily and privately. pic.twitter.com/eatAZQCmc3
Besides those changes, WhatsApp is introducing a new feature called Communities. How it works is that you’ll essentially be able to bring several group chats together under a single umbrella for a particular topic. Each group chat under the overarching topic can then be for a particular sub-topic. A WhatsApp Community for your apartment for instance can have multiple group chats with topics such as the management office, events happening, a buy-and-sell group and so forth. You can think of it like a Discord server, which typically has a main topic or theme, but also has several channels within it for specific conversations around specific sub-topics within the community.
There’s no fixed timeline just yet on when WhatsApp is planning to fully roll out these features, but it’s understood that they are already beginning to roll them out to a select group for now, before slowly making it available for everyone else too. For more information on WhatsApp Communities and the new group chat messaging features, you can click here to read their full blog post.
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