Pakistan’s messaging world falls apart when the Facebook-owned WhatsApp messaging app introduces an overhauled Status feature that rolled out on Monday, 20th February which potentially heralds a very different way of using the app.
Pakistanis went ballistic with the new Whatsapp update as it strikingly mimics the similar story elements on Instagram and Snapchat which lets users share analogously ephemeral timelines making our social life as monotonous as Mark Zuckerberg’s wardrobe.
This recent updated feature incorporates pictures, GIFs or videos overlaid with drawings, emojis and a caption that will be visible to selected friends for 24 hours, before vanishing whereas earlier status updates were text-based and stayed for as long as you left them. If you are familiar with the concept of Snapchat and Instagram stories then using this feature on WhatsApp will be a piece of cake for you but if you aren’t acquainted enough then it’s wise not to update your WhatsApp otherwise you have to suffer the consequences.
Pakistani youth also got infuriated about the revamped status feature because they have realized how it’s a loaded weapon in our parent’s hands as Whatsapp is one of the most celebrated app among the senior generation. Now the new generation have to think twice before posting any frivolous or comical story in a place where an entire family is having the eyes on you.
Remember there was a time when Pakistanis were going crazy for Facebook messenger and then we had this WhatsApp which made Facebook messenger look so boring and outdated. Although there were many other messaging apps like Viber or WeChat but WhatsApp never got abandoned because of being a pragmatic hub of activity where people simply type and read messages. On the contrary, today people have to scroll down endlessly through streams of other people’s content while using the updated Whatsapp.
Thereupon, I’m afraid that this latest innovation in the Whatsapp feature may lead to the collapse of its primordial uniqueness as many people are losing faith in using an app which acts on a similar platform like any other app with no peculiarity. However, WhatsApp CEO confirmed that the status posts will be end-to-end encrypted meaning only the parties who are communicating can see the messages and not even WhatsApp can view them which reflects the brighter side of this moderation. Hence, no one knows how this updated feature can seriously affect or assist the existence of Whatsapp in the future. We just have to wait and watch.
Written By: Batool Zehra (Team PS)