You Read My Message, WhatsApp Told Me
Good news people! You cannot avoid WhatsApp messages now. If you do, you are going to get into trouble.. a lot of trouble. WhatsApp new update now shows when a message was read by the receiver. This is indicated by blue tick marks.
Previously, when a message was sent, the sender first saw a single tick mark that showed that message has been sent from the device. When the message was delivered to the receiver’s device, the sender used to see double tick marks which were grey colored.
There wasn’t any feedback on whether the receiver has read the message or not. Now these double tick marks will turn blue when the receiver has read the message.
Furthermore, if you click on the message having blue tick marks, you will see the actual time when the receiver read the message. Overly-attached-girlfriend would be proud of WhatsApp.
In a group-chat, two grey ticks would indicate that all of the group members have received the message and two blue ticks would indicate that all of the group members have read the message. Pressing and holding down on the message would show the list of members who would have read the message.
Like normal chat, selecting Message info will show the time when a particular member read the message.
The update has been rolled out on all platforms including iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Nokia S40, Nokia S60 and BlackBerry 10. There is no opt-out option and it will be implemented on all devices.
Facebook-owned WhatsApp explained this update in a blog post. They mentioned that there could be many reasons why a message has been sent but not delivered to the recipient’s device. The recipient might be in a different time zone, or their phone might be turned off, or there might be network congestion causing a delay in communication.
Using such feedback would enhance user experience and they would not need to worry about whether their message has been read or not. At least this is what WhatsApp’s intention is.
However, some people are viewing this update as a problem. Twitter user @carpocarp said: ‘The WhatsApp blue tick is going to ruin friendships,’ while @archielbar added: ‘Those blue ticks will be the death of some of us!’
WhatsApp’s “last seen at” feature was already seen by people as a way to let others keep tab on them. It showed when the person was online hence it caused misunderstandings in friendships for some. This new feature will cause more trouble.
Facebook already incorporated this feature in its Messenger which shows when the message was read. So for those who are used to Facebook Messenger, this update would not be new. Still, WhatsApp should be flexible enough to provide a way to turn off this setting.
For more info: WhatsApp FAQ
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