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Friday, November 7, 2014

You read my message and never replied! Are WhatsApp’s new Blue ticks really useful?

WhatsApp’s ‘blue ticks’ that now indicate whether or not the person you are sending messages to has actually read your message, is generating a lot of interest, given the massive popularity of the messaging app.
Although many earlier believed that one tick means your message is sent and two ticks means it has been received/read, that was never the case. The two ticks always meant the message had been delivered, but there was no way you would know if and when the message was read. This means, you could easily ignore a message or simply excuse yourself by saying, “I read it late” or “just saw your message”.
But now with the new WhatsApp update  there is no way you can get away with the same tired excuses. While most of us (read me) are happy to know that we can pull up a dear one for not responding to our message in spite of viewing it, always remember, you could often find yourself in the offending situation.
We asked some avid WhatsApp users what they think about the new “double blue tick” feature. Most of them don’t seem really happy with this move.  Here’s what they had to say:
Frankly I find it annoying. If one is so concerned about ensuring that your contact read your messages, I feel the best way is to just call the person. Sometimes you may be busy and may have read a message and not responded, and some of your contacts may find that rude. It may create misunderstanding amongst people. As it is you have the two tick marks and the ‘Last Read At’ indicator, but yet another indicator to ensure your message is delivered and read is a bit much. I could do without it.”
The simplicity of the app was just sending and receiving messages and now, as WhatApp gives you the power to know when your message has been read or no, be prepared for, “You read my message but did not reply!”
For some of us who prefer small known groups rather than the long-list of acquaintances on Facebook, and who are extremely active on WhatsApp, it could be a tricky situation. For instance, sometimes, you may just not feel like replying to a message. In such cases too, if you see the message then you are obliged to respond or it may create a misunderstanding.
Interestingly, the blue ticks also work in group messaging. So, the ticks will turn blue when all the members of the group have seen the messages. Those who are heavy users of WhatsApp know that there is always one lurker in an extremely active group chat who never responds, but enjoys the whole conversation. Now they will all be caught out! However, looks like, the blue ticks feature don’t work if you are using a custom ROM or at least the popup says so.
WhatsApp has never taken the stealthy approach and even earlier one could easily see when a person was last online. However, it gives an option to turn off the “last seen at” option, but now there seems to be no way that you can turn off these blue ticks. It looks like this feature is bound to receive flak. Let’s wait and see if users compel WhatsApp to disable it.


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Facebook Has No Near-Term Plan to Monetize WhatsApp: CEO



Facebook, which closed its acquisition of mobile messaging service WhatsApp on Monday, has no near-term plan to make money from the service, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Thursday. Zuckerberg, who is visiting India to participate in an event to boost Internet usage, did not give details. Facebook's final WhatsApp acquisition price tag has risen an additional $3 billion to roughly $22 billion because of the increased value of Facebook's stock in recent months. WhatsApp works across different types of phones, across borders, and without advertising. The app only charges a 99 cent annual subscription fee, which is waived for the first year.

How to Transfer a Conversation From WhatsApp


Requirements

  • The conversation export process happens through email, so you need to have at least one email account set up on your smartphone. If you have a Nokia S40 model phone, you also need to have a memory card inserted for the process to work. Like any other email, the exported conversation requires you to be connected to the Internet to be sent, either through Wi-Fi or over a cellular data network.

Format

  • WhatsApp conversations are exported as a plain text file, readable on any operating system, which is automatically attached to an email message. If you choose to export the media that was included in the conversation, each individual media file is also separately attached to the email message. When choosing whether or not to include media, keep in mind that video and audio files can be fairly large and may cause the email message to be rejected if the recipient doesn't have enough space in his inbox or his email service places a hard restriction on the maximum size of an email attachment.

Basic Method

  • The exact button and tap sequence you use to export a conversation from WhatsApp depends on the type of phone you are using. The end result, however, remains the same -- a blank email message open in your phone's mail app, with the conversation history and, optionally, media files attached. Simply fill in relevant information -- the recipient's email address or, if you're saving the conversation for yourself, your own; a subject; some body text -- and then send the email as you normally would.

Android

  • Launch WhatsApp, touch and hold the conversation you want to export, select "Email Conversation" and then choose whether to attach media.

IPhone

  • Launch WhatsApp, open the settings and tap "Email Conversation" to open a list of all conversations saved in the app. You may have to scroll before this option becomes visible. Select the conversation you want to export and choose whether to attach media.

BlackBerry

  • Launch WhatsApp, highlight the conversation you want to export in WhatsApp, press the "BlackBerry" button and select "Email Conversation."

Windows Phone

  • Launch WhatsApp and open the conversation you want to export. Tap the three dots in the bottom right corner, tap "Info" and then tap "Email Chat History." You may have to scroll down for this option to appear. Note that if the conversation is very long, it may be cut off due to the restrictions on maximum message size in Windows Phones.

Nokia S60

  • Open the main WhatsApp screen, tap "Options" and then tap "Settings." Tap "Chat History," tap "Send Chat History" and then select the conversation you want to export.

Nokia S40

  • Launch WhatsApp and open the conversation you want to export. Tap "Options," tap "Chat History" and then tap "Email."
 
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