What’s up with WhatsApp?

WHATSAPP SET TO LAUNCH NEW FEATURES YOU’D CERTAINLY LOVE

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I love social media; there’s always something interesting that comes in every now and then. This is why I actually love to update my apps every single time there is a pop up. We cool like that.

And to demonstrate how interesting social media has become, WhatsApp, the leading chat engine, currently valued at over $442.1 billion and with over 1.5 billion users as of 2017 has now decided to include a couple more features.

According to a report released by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp has decided to include silent mode and vacation mode to the app. According to the revelation Silent Mode is already active on all WhatsApp accounts. With this feature enabled you no longer see how many muted messages you have received whenever you enter the app. However, Vacation Mode is still in the works and will work with archived chats that have also been muted. Currently, when you archive or mute a chat on WhatsApp, you’ll still see the chats when you go back into the app. With Vacation Mode, your archived chats that are muted will remain invisible. This means that, soon, the only time you’ll see your archived conversations is when you actually want to.

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Source: Unsplash

So ladies you can now actually really truly mute that stalker that just won’t quit bugging you.

Furthermore, WABetaInfo also hints that WhatsApp is working on developing a Linked Accounts option for Business and standard users; this means that soon you will be able to integrate other social media platforms such as Instagram to your account. How great is that? So turn on your notification because soon you’ll be required to update your app once again.

New South African Drama Series to Run Only on WhatsApp

New South African Drama Series to Run Only on WhatsApp

South African Veteran Scriptwriter, Bongi Ndaba has written a new drama which would run for six whole week on whatsapp. The show will be open to all smartphone users all around the world. Uk’shona Kwelanga, the new drama series which began on Monday, 5th June has some of the South Africa’s favourite soapie actors. This is a first of its kind in South Africa.

Starting from Monday, the story began in a Whatsapp group as a fictional family’s funeral arrangements unfold via text, voice notes and video. Interested viewers are invited into the group as subscribers. Subscribes who follow the conversations on text, photo, voice notes and videos formats do not contribute to the plot, they are as “flies on the wall”.

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You can now unsend risky Whatsapp messages

WHATSAPP IS TESTING A NEW FEATURE THAT ALLOWS YOU TO UNSEND MESSAGES IN A BID TO SAVE FACE OR JUST PRETEND IT NEVER HAPPENED

*grabs mic* I would like to today thank all those in Whatsapp who are currently working on making this feature a reality. The past is not something that can be changed neither can spilled milk be gotten back, but putting in my hands and in the hands of millions of users the ability to 'unsend' sent messages comes close to that; your loyal user, Edikan Karen Hanson.

WhatsApp is testing a feature that will allow you to revoke a message once it has been sent. A Twitter account, @WABetaInfo, that regularly tracks new WhatsApp features, discovered the addition in recent beta copies of WhatsApp.

The screenshots, shared by WABetaInfo, shows that a user will be able to revoke a message only if the recipient hasn't viewed it: a revoke option appears next to a message with a single tick – an indicator that a message has been sent to the server, but not delivered to or viewed by the recipient – and only within 5 minutes of sending the message.

WABetaInfo without certainty of the availability, suggests it could come after Apple releases its next iOS update later this year. The feature is likely to be optional if it is introduced, with users being able to turn it on and off in Settings in a similar way to the 'read' and 'last online' notifications. It is also not a given whether you can unsend when it is viewed by the reciever. Alongside the unsend button, WhatsApp is also including a new feature of  live messages that let users send information that changes in real-time for a certain period. For example, those trying to find one another on a busy street can send their live location for five minutes until they find one another. 

*rolls eyes* I actually thought it was an immediate update too but let us keep our fingers crossed for the next ios update. Hey apple get to work!

THE TREND OF STORYTELLING

YOU THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO END WITH INSTAGRAM STORIES? WRONG! SOMEONE ELSE IS JUMPING ON THE TREND OF STORIES AND YOU CAN'T GUESS WHO. 

Lady making Snapchat stories via gettyimages 

Lady making Snapchat stories via gettyimages 

Everyone is a storyteller consciously or unconsciously. Today, we document our life stories more than ever. With technology offering us multiple media (text, audio, visual etc.) and social media providing us diverse platform of expression, everyone is becoming masters in the art of storytelling.

WhatsApp, the very popular instant messaging app with over 1.2 billion monthly active users sending about 50 billion messages a day is jumping on an interesting trend introduced by SnapChat - the trend of stories. Social media which once started out with offering users the ease of sharing life stories via text, has evolved to photos, emojis, Gifs, videos etc. But with the emergence of Snapchat the way people consume and share stories have changed. Snapchat stepped on the existing crave of people to share what was going on their life and the hunger of others wanting to know this, by offering users 24 hours timed first person told stories. The fact that stories are timed makes consumers want to dig in fast and miss no moment, stories are authentic and relatable when told in first person and this was Snapchat’s major punch. In addition, story sharers are confident in the fact that every story shared won’t last forever, giving them the incentive to life in the moment and worry less about the consequences of the coming days. Instagram jumped on this trend when they realised how successful the feature was in bringing users and drastically affecting how people shared their information

WhatsApp which will be turning 8 on the 24th of February, 2017 is launching the 'Watsapp Stories' feature today. Just like Snapchat and Instagram stories, WhatsApp stories are to last 24 hours after being shared. WhatsApp has always made it possible for users to write short status updates within the app, letting their contacts know what they are doing or feeling.  With the new feature, WhatsApp is taking this option a step further by allowing users include photos and videos in a format reminiscent of Snapchat Stories and Instagram Stories. The Status feature launches today on Android, iPhone, and Windows Phones. The company has announced that the feature will at this early stage be available in France and the Netherlands, followed by the U.K. and Spain on the February 21, and Italy, Israel, and Saudi Arabia on February 22 (all in Beta). The feature will be scaled up globally after this early testing stage.

WhatsApp-Snapchat faceoff via thenextweb.com

WhatsApp-Snapchat faceoff via thenextweb.com

Just like messages sent with the app, status messages are coded to stay end-to-end encrypted. The fact that WhatsApp uses phone numbers rather than user names to connect people may make it worrisome for many beacause this will expose their private life stories to everyone including friends, business partners and any other person who is a contact on Watsapp. Status messages are viewable to anyone who saves a user’s number in their phone. To tackle this, WhatsApp privacy options has constantly evolved to help users set their privacy settings on a per-status basis, that is to say, one story maybe viewable to all amongst many other which could be kept private to be viewable by just selected best friends.Using algorithm based on previous interactions the app automatically determines which status messages a user is likely to want to open, thereby automatically downloading their content and making it ready to view as soon as one opens a message. Using this technology, WhatsApp might automatically download a photo from your constant messenger if the featureis turned on, but hold off on downloading a long video from a distant user.

WhatsApp on Mobile via copy9blog.com

WhatsApp on Mobile via copy9blog.com

Speculations are that facebook is also testing this feature and may add stories to their options. The current trend in social networking is telling and sharing stories in first person, original reportage style, almost unedited and uncut, just as reality TV show is taking over regular pre-produced shows, people are more comfortable with life outside extra cuts and extra edits.

I'm sure Nigerians can't wait to get their hands on the new feature from WatsApp.

NO!...Don't Download That App

LIFE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Well, at least not that one; social media today has successfully replaced relationships, physical human interactions, and fueled a façade as regards personality and self-esteem; people, especially teenagers and sometimes youths, build their life around likes and comments on their posts, now don’t get me wrong it is totally cool to be social media famous, but do you still have a life when you data is turned off or totally exhausted? Can you hold engaging conversations outside WhatsApp and bbm? If you are not able to put your whole life on snapchat, would you still enjoy and live in the moment? I’m guessing you’re saying no and your mind is saying yes, so there you have it.

OUTLAY OF INSTAGRAM

OUTLAY OF INSTAGRAM

A study by Social Times revealed some hard facts about social media;

-          Tweeting or texting while driving slows your reaction time by 38%, which is more than drinking or smoking pot.

-          45% of people feel worried or uncomfortable when not able to access their social networks.

-          66% of people have difficulty sleeping after using social media.

-          64% have accepted a friend request from a stranger.

-          46% women are “highly concerned about letting a stalker know where they are.

-          41% are “aware or extremely concerned” about letting potential burglars know when they are not at home.

-          Turning off mobile phones and avoiding the internet can leave people suffering from symptoms similar to those seen in drug addicts trying to go “cold turkey”.

Youths actively engaged on social media

Youths actively engaged on social media

Truth is, if you get sucked into the hype of social media, you would get lost, imagine something that started out as a good idea has turned into a sad sorry state of affairs. What started out as a platform for connection and networking has become a vicious ground for competition, and a lot of other vices. It should not be that deep but then you have people paying a lot of money that can be rightly spent growing their businesses, to buy followers and likes and the same people create a post and do thank you to all my followers, wow! The same ones you bought? Even a lot of businesses in the search for ambassadors, look at social media following and base their decisions on an account that took loads of planning to do to create an image, that shows effort, yes! But what happened to the old-fashioned and more reliable one-on-one meeting before you put your brand in the hands of a stranger.

Instagram Notifications

Instagram Notifications

Also social media gives a false sense of security; you feel like you post a picture in the comfort of your room and you are sharing it with perhaps 500 of your followers on your private page; well no darling it will probably pop up on explore page, your profile will probably show up in suggestions or people to follow, so well I am sorry if you thought you had a safe place to be social. See it as you writing a story in small corner of the mall and planning to read it out to your friends (6 of them) just across the table and it gets read out and visualized to the whole mall of over 2,500 people.

Summary of the applications

Summary of the applications

So rather than download another seemingly interesting app, that would drain you emotionally, dictate your life, take a lot more of your time and eventually helping you build a life online that isn’t yours; try downloading productive apps, you know even at least a dictionary, maybe Webster or a mind game app like scrabble, criminal case or information apps like feedly that curates feeds to keep you updated with happenings around the world.

LAYOUT OF THE  FEEDLY  APP

LAYOUT OF THE FEEDLY APP

Also here is a little list of do’s and don’ts for the social media active people:

If you honestly don’t want to post it, don’t (don’t let popular pages, likes and comments drive your feed);                                                                                      Don’t turn on your location on any apps; don’t open personal tabs on a work system or device;

                                                                     Don’t put up your daily activities up (you can send personally to friends), it’s hard I know, resist the urge; set a time and time limit to be online, and if you have a 9-5, great!                                                                      Don’t go checking on your phone every second, nothing is happening;

                Maybe don’t accept just about any follow request or follow anyone except you are genuinely interested in their page and what they do (limit your distraction);

                                                                                                          Finally (for now) you don’t have to be on every social media platform just because it is viral.