WhatsApp launches encrypted disappearing picture message tool, “Whatsapp Stories”
WhatsApp has just launched a new tab that lets users share decorated photos, videos and GIFs that vanish after 24 hours – similar to Snapchat Stories.
Called Status, the service is WhatsApp’s way of moving away from being a traditional message app and towards a social networking feature – and builds on its end to end encryption technology.
WHAT IS STATUS? Status is a Snapchat-like Story that lets users send images with doodles, text captions and emojios. It was first revealed in November that WhatsApp was testing the feature. Users can watch updates from friends and reply to messages privately, decorate images with drawings and captions and send their creations to all their contacts if desired.
Users now have the ability to let users know their status, such as ‘available’ or ‘busy’ – similar to how AOL Instant Messenger was designed.