Mark Zuckerberg’s application, Whatsapp, is known for its constant updates and improvements to enhance user experience. The latest addition to this platform is a feature called ‘Channels’. This innovative feature, announced by the Meta group, is designed to allow users to communicate public information with a predefined list of users or with all its users.
Introduced in 150 countries, ‘Channels’ is set to revolutionize the way we share and receive information. Let’s dive into what this new feature is all about.
Unveiling the ‘Channels’ Feature
The ‘Channels’ feature was introduced by Meta’s boss in a message broadcasted on social networks on September 13. Much like the stories found on Facebook and Instagram, ‘Channels’ enables users to follow a person or entity to stay updated with their news. Users can react to the shared post through emojis, adding a layer of interactivity to the platform.
However, it’s worth noting that this feature isn’t entirely new. It bears resemblance to posts published on Facebook and other social networks. But, Whatsapp has put its unique spin on it, making it a must-try feature for all users.
‘Channels’: A Reinvented Functionality
While ‘Channels’ may seem like a new addition to Whatsapp, similar features have been seen on other platforms like the Russian social network Telegram. As of now, only a few Whatsapp accounts have the option of creating their own ‘Channel’. But, Whatsapp plans to roll out this feature to all users in the coming months.
One of the key aspects of ‘Channels’ is that it gives users maximum control over their followers’ reactions. They can accept or refuse a person’s follow request without any justification, giving them complete control over their channel.
What’s Next for Whatsapp?
- ‘Enhanced directory’: This will help users find new, more popular and active channels, based on the number of subscribers.
- ‘Modifications’: Users will now be able to modify their news within 30 days of publication.
- ‘Reactions’: Users will be able to use these to react to messages from transmitters on channels, and see the total number of reactions.
Even though ‘Channels’ is still in the roll-out phase, Whatsapp has announced the addition of these functionalities to its platform. With these exciting updates, Whatsapp continues to improve and evolve, offering its users a superior social networking experience.
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