Whatsapp Status is the new Snapchat: New feature addition to mark Whatsapp’s 8th birthday

WhatsApp status

On the eve of the eight birthday of Whatsapp, the popular messaging client with over a billion users has decided to “improve and evolve” its text only status feature. In a blog post earlier today, the company announced that they are reinventing the WhatsApp status.

Starting today, Whatsapp will roll out an update which will allow users to set and share photos and videos as your status. The new WhatsApp status feature too would retain WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption.

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The official WhatsApp blog post announcing the feature read;

“It was just eight years ago, in February 2009, when we started writing the first lines of code for what would eventually become WhatsApp. The original idea behind the project was to build an application that lets your friends and other contacts know what you’re up to.


Even after we added messaging in the summer of 2009, we kept the basic “text only” status functionality in WhatsApp. Every year, when Brian and I would plan projects to work on, we always talked about improving and evolving this original “text only” status feature.


We are excited to announce that, coinciding with WhatsApp’s 8th birthday on February 24, we are reinventing the status feature. Starting today, we are rolling out an update to status, which allows you to share photos and videos with your friends and contacts on WhatsApp in an easy and secure way. Yes, even your status updates are end-to-end encrypted.”

Meanwhile, people have already started comparing the new WhatsApp status feature to Snapchat Stories. In fact, WhatsApp’s parent company Facebook also owns Instagram which also received a similar feature last year.

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