• Home
  • News
  • Entertainment
  • LAD Originals

U OK M8?
Free To Be
Extinct
Citizen Reef

To make sure you never miss out on your favourite NEW stories, we're happy to send you some reminders

Click 'OK' then 'Allow' to enable notifications

Not now
OK
Advert

People Calling New WhatsApp Feature The 'Best Thing That Ever Happened'

Published 
| Last updated 

People Calling New WhatsApp Feature The 'Best Thing That Ever Happened'

WhatsApp has introduced a major change and people are calling it 'the best thing that ever happened'.

The messaging platform is the main tool through which the majority of people actually communicate with one another.

I struggle to remember the last time I actually phoned a mate for a proper conversation and not just to tell them, 'I'm at the pub'.

But while other social media sites have made advances in the way they allow us to communicate, WhatsApp has lagged behind for far too long.

Advert
Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

For many years, it's felt like we've been living in the dark ages, having to manually search for emojis and send them as a completely new message. Every. Single. Time.

And even then, by the time you had found the right picture, about five other people would have chipped in, and you've just sent a crying laughing face to your mate who's confided in the group that they've lost their job.

It was a recipe for disaster and group chats being clogged up with 'oops, sorry m8' and 's**t, that wasn't meant for you'.

Advert

But those days are gone, well, almost. WhatsApp is now rolling out a new feature allowing you to react to messages using emojis.

You can now react to messages on WhatsApp. Credit: WhatsApp
You can now react to messages on WhatsApp. Credit: WhatsApp

If you're a negative Nancy, you are out of luck, at least for now, because there's currently no option to send angry faces or a thumbs down to your pals.

At the moment, you will have to settle for more positive offerings of thumbs up, love heart, crying laughing, shocked, sad crying and praying emojis.

Advert

Announcing the change, WhatsApp said: "We’re excited to share that emoji reactions are now available on the latest version of the app. Reactions are fun, fast, and they reduce overload in groups too.

"We’ll continue improving them by adding an even broader range of expressions in the future."

And it looks as though the addition is going down very well with users.

One fan wrote: "Whatsapp reaction is the best thing ever happened."

Advert

Agreeing, another chipped in: "New reaction features are quite amazing."

"Whatsapp reactions...what an amazing small feature lol," put a third.

While another added: "OMGGG I FINALLY HAVE THE REACTIONS ON WHATSAPP."

Advert

Others out there, however, are happy to see the new reactions options just so they can escape 'dead' conversations.

Which I'm sure we can all appreciate.

"WhatsApp having emoji reactions means I can finally dead a convo in peace," wrote one.

While another announced: "If you think my WhatsApp reply game was shit before, WhatsApp message reactions is about to make me even worse. Thank you @WhatsApp."

People are clearly excited about the advent of the emoji reaction. Credit: Supplied
People are clearly excited about the advent of the emoji reaction. Credit: Supplied

As well as the selection of emojis, WhatsApp also announced a couple of other new features, including expanding the size of group chats.

The tech giant said: "In addition, you can now send files within WhatsApp up to 2GB in size at a time, protected by end-to-end encryption. This is an increase from the previous limit of 100MB and we think will be helpful for collaboration among small businesses and school groups.

"One of the top requests we’ve consistently received is the option to add more people to a chat, so now we’re slowly rolling out the ability to add up to 512 people to a group."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: WhatsApp, Technology

Dominic Smithers
More like this
Advert
Advert
Advert

Chosen for YouChosen for You

News

Kate Moss Says Johnny Depp Never Pushed Or Kicked Her Down The Stairs

5 hours ago

Most Read StoriesMost Read

News

Kate Moss Says Johnny Depp Never Pushed Or Kicked Her Down The Stairs

5 hours ago