So, the big news! Whats App has new updates! Updates to the status.
Let’s first dissect what’s changed.
Majorly seen changes on opening your WhatsApp are,
Before, there were 3 options on menu, Calls | Chats | Contacts
Now, Camera | Chats | Status | Calls
What this meant to me…?
Old: No cam tab on the menu
New: First tab is the Cam. On click of which, you can take a pic (edit it) and continue to share it with someone (or multiple contacts) OR most importantly you can set it as My Status (in which case it would be flooding it to people on your list).
Before, the cam option used to be on the right of the text (chat) input field where in, you can take a pic and send it to the contact with whom you are chatting/conversing with. Well it still is the same case inside a chat/conversation window. But adding the Cam button on the main menu as the primary option is somewhat intriguing.
I believe Whats App (now a part of Facebook) wants a more solid personalized profile of its users. Best way to do so is to get more from its users. Upload more pictures, more videos so they can build a more customized and more robust personalized profile of you and link it up with Facebook, so that they can push more personalized adds for you…or whatever…I am losing my mind
Old: If you have an existing chat conversation with a contact, you can click on the profile pic and view the picture enlarged. Same was the case with your contacts on your Contact list.
New: First point holds good. But the second wont. You can’t click on the profile pic from your contact list and view them enlarged. How can you do that? Initiate conversation with them and they will pop up in your chat list and then you can go ahead and view their profile/display pic enlarged (if that was your guilt pleasure, you stalker…)
Old: Contacts tab
New: No more. And I was in a state of panic, thinking something got messed up and spent a good 5 min search on finding where my contacts at? Pissed off.
Now coming to the most prominent update: Whats App status
People say they copied Instagram, Snapchat etc. I am not sure coz I don’t use either. To me it was apparent. What’s the hook, that was missing?
For a minute, lets dig Facebook. My crazy brain somehow thinks that this whole Facebook thingy is based on Likes and comments. You upload a pic and you wait for the likes. People start liking your pic and you get a dopamine rush (refer neurology and other BS), you feel good and start uploading more pictures and wait for your virtual likes again. This is how you get addicted.
Ring any bells?
How can I make you more addicted to WhatsApp? You used it to have a chat with someone. Was there a way where you spoke your mind out? Yes, the status! Was there a way people reacted to your status? Nope, unless they want to have chat with you about your status! duh…
How can we solve this?
Make it more dynamic, (by not allowing to enter text anymore) let’s have a status wherein I can put my stupid selfies or pouting videos in a restaurant and flood it to countless members on my list. (well they have privacy settings for it, I am a moron for not using it, and I can selectively share my half naked pics only to my spouse/partner as well!)
Best part, it will even flood it to the contacts you might have added for a temporary reason despite they don’t have your number saved on their contact list! Fkin Great! , the plumber, the cab driver and god knows who was Harry!!? But, hey !they are on your contact list and you just flooded your status to them.
Have a great day! What about the hook…ah right, back to the hook?
Then comes the twist! Eureka, you can see, who have viewed your status update!
You post your status and keep looking at it, to see how many have seen it yet.
You know what’s the next thing? Adding reactions and likes and comments to your status!
Oh…I forgot, the status will only be alive for 24 hours, which means you gotta update again after a day, damn hook…
And well, if you mistakenly click on any of the updates on your list, you are doomed, it keeps playing the updates from everyone on that list one by one…enjoy those stupid selfies…or a sh#tty video
There you have it, a wannabe Facebook on crack at your fingertips!