Facebook has been making a lot of updates to its Facebook app, Messenger, Instagram and last night it made updates to the Whatsapp Messenger app.
Many people woke up excited to a new update not knowing they had been betrayed.
Whatsapp updated and added several new features, one of the most outstanding being the new stories status update which allows the users to use gifs, videos, photos which can include emojis, drawings or captions on them valid for 24 hours.
After 24 hours, they disappear, sounds familiar? Yes, this feature has been copied from Snapchat and Instagram.
The official Whatsapp blog went on to detail more of the features, such as end to end encryption for the status and the ability to control who exactly can see the status update.
We won’t get in detail on the large size of the update, we would rather you enjoy the surprise. Whatsapp rolled out these features on Android, iOS and Windows devices globally.
The Whatsapp users have already gone up in a frenzy and uproar on Twitter about the complexity of the new app, lack of originality and how they miss the old text status feature.
At the moment more than 946,000 people are talking about this on Twitter.
We wonder how families will take all this in, since Snapchat and Instagram were the “Teen” apps and Whatsapp the only app where you could keep it down-low with your family and parents.
Some of our favourite Twitter gags
Lastly, thanks to #whatsapp, now people are going to be WAY sneakier by choosing who to show ur status to. INFIDELITY IS ABOUT TO SKYROCKET
— ㅤ (@gicelitarzac) February 23, 2017
rip to all those beautiful and inspiring song lyrics/quotes used as whatsapp status, gone but not forgotten
— greta (@lostindagroove) February 22, 2017
— z u l f o® (@thezulfo) February 24, 2017
“Hey there! I’m using Whatsapp!”
Only 90’s kids will remember ?
— Rob K. Rwagasana (@Kalitany) February 24, 2017
Talk about heartbroken, Whatsapp ain’t loyal
— ماہم? (@Maaahyyy) February 24, 2017
It’s copying all the way
— Soniya Sharma (@soniyasharmahr) February 24, 2017
— Lashari (@lasharighazan) February 24, 2017
I’m afraid of using whatsapp new status update, my whole family is in my contact list?
— Imteyaz rayeen (@Imteyazray) February 24, 2017
The new whatsapp status update is like having snapchat but with your mum as a contact.
— Karishma (@karishma_amin07) February 23, 2017
Snapchat introduced ‘stories’ for teens.
Instagram introduced it for adults.
Whatsapp introduces it for parents.
— Nishänth (@OneInvincibles) February 24, 2017
#Whatsapp updates ?
Status Deletes automatically – Snapchat
Can add story – Instagram
Next possible update – msg only in 140 character.?
— Original® (@4mlvodka) February 24, 2017
We will keep watching the space to see how Facebook/Whatsapp respond to this, they might just let it burn out as people adjust. If you are reading this and aren’t ready for this craze, you might as well hold on to update.
Lawk is a mozillian, writes for Spur, Newslibre and consults part time for Every1Mobile and Innovware.
He loves open source, the open web, writing, reading and developing literacy tools that can teach the youth around the world especially in East Africa.