“I Love It”: WhatsApp Announces New Feature to Allow Users Create Unnamed Groups

“I Love It”: WhatsApp Announces New Feature to Allow Users Create Unnamed Groups

  • Mark Zuckerberg has announced another update for WhatsApp for Android and iOS phone users across the world
  • This latest update will let the messenger app users set up group chats without having to come up with a name
  • WhatsApp ranks first on the list of the most popular global mobile messenger apps, with an estimated 2.7 billion monthly users

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Meta, the parent company of WhatsApp, has announced that users can now set up group chats without having to come up with a name.

The unnamed groups would instead be given an auto-generated name based on participants.

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Mark Zuckerberg has announced several changes on WhatsApp over the last few months. Photo credit: Bloomberg
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Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared a screenshot of the new feature on his Facebook page with a group titled Rocco & Li-Chen.

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The screenshot was accompanied by a message:

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"Making it simpler to start WhatsApp groups by naming them based on who's in the chat when you don't feel like coming up with another name."

How WhatsApp's new feature will work

Despite being a minor update, the convenience of not having to name each group chat manually will prove beneficial for sending group messages for one-time events.

TechCrunch reports that unnamed groups will be restricted to six participants, a departure from the usual capacity of over a thousand members in a WhatsApp group.

The user saves contacts, and WhatsApp will combine the names to create a group name.

Therefore, if a contact is saved as "Mom," the group chat will display "Mom" as the name.

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This new automated group naming feature will be rolled out to WhatsApp users across iOS, Android, web, and macOS in the next few days.

The latest update is one of the several new WhatsApp features officially introduced in recent months.

These include the ability to send higher-quality images with less compression, an instant video messaging option, and the capability to engage in screen sharing.

Users' reactions

Igwe Chopinson Comics wrote:

"I love this, Absolutely Nice"

Ronalyn Melaya Pupa said:

Wow! What a brilliant idea!

Richelle Pineda reacted:

"That's an awesome idea no need to think of names that would come up with."

WhatsApp releases channel features for broadcast messages for organisations, businesses

Meanwhile, in another report, Legit.ng revealed that WhatsApp rolled out a broadcast-based messaging feature called Channels on WhatsApp as it experiments with giving more conversational avenues to its users.

The company also aims to monetise the feature in the future. Admins' phone numbers won't be visible on the channels.

Channels will appear on the new WhatsApp feature in a new tab called Updates.

Source: Legit.ng

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Dave Ibemere (Senior Business Editor) Dave Ibemere is a senior business editor at Legit.ng. He is a financial journalist with over a decade of experience in print and online media. He also holds a Master's degree from the University of Lagos. He is a member of the African Academy for Open-Source Investigation (AAOSI), the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and other media think tank groups. He previously worked with The Guardian, BusinessDay, and headed the business desk at Ripples Nigeria. Email: dave.ibemere@corp.legit.ng.

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