WhatsApp Gets Message Quotes and Replies
WhatsApp is the most popular instant messaging app for Indians right now. Not only your friends, but chances are even your family members are keeping a tab on your last seen. With so many people around you using the app, the numbers of WhatsApp groups have increased as well. Groups are useful if you have one message you need to send across multiple users, or while planning for that long-awaited trip, or in most cases, if you have nothing better do. But it becomes quite difficult to reply to someone in particular if you have long list of messages getting exchanged in the group. For this WhatsApp has introduced a handy little feature in its upgrade.
Once you install the latest version, you can now quote messages and reply to a particular earlier message. In group conversations, this proves to be very useful as you can reply to an earlier message and re-direct the conversation to that topic. All you have to do it press and hold a message to which you want to reply. Earlier, you would get options like forward, delete, copy and star. With the latest update, you now get an arrow type indicator, similar to the one on Twitter. The functionality itself is similar to quoting tweets. Once you select the option after long-pressing the message, it gets embedded to the reply section and you can then type your own message and send it across. Receiver(s) will see the quoted message as well as your message with it. This can certainly help avoid all the ‘who-said-to-whom’ confusion that we generally face in group conversations. What’s more, if the receiver clicks on the quoted message, WhatsApp re-directs them to the location of original message which gets highlighted with blue color which slowly fades away. This saves them time to navigate to the conversation where the message originally appeared.
This feature, however, can be used with only one message. Which means you cannot quote multiple messages at once. If you select more than one message, the ‘quote’ option disappears. You are again left with forward, copy, star and delete options. The reply option can also be used to quote your own message. This can certainly be useful if you want to re-send the message you earlier sent. You can also quote a message which has already been quoted.
It is also possible to quote media files. This includes audio, video, pictures, documents, locations and contacts for that matter. Basically, everything that you send and receive on WhatsApp can be quoted to reply. Also, it is to be noted that while quoting any message, you have a word limit which when exceeded, will display only a preview of the quoted message and not the entire message. This saves the effort of scrolling through long messages again and again.
The update has been made available across all major OS. Let us know how often you use this feature in the comments section below.
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by techtalks @TechTalks July 20, 2016 6:00 AM UTC