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The new WhatsApp status feature we didn’t ask for

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Are you a Millennial that is tired of people judging you by your archaic, text-based status message? Do you pine for people to watch you laugh, giggle, or cry when they simply want to text you? Well fear not, Whatsapp  has you covered with their latest update (soon to be rolled out in South Africa).

Whatsapp Status picks up where Snapchat Stories left with the ability to leave pictures or movies as your status. The ‘feature’ is available on Windows, Apple and Android phones so there really is no excuse for me to not put a status video of my imaginary cat Schrödinger playing with the spot of a laser pen. Stupid cat.

Facebook is really trying to push itself into the territory of Snapchat. Facebook tried to buy Snapchat but that the deal never went through so perhaps this is why they now turn to Whatsapp. Personally I have never felt the need to use Snapchat, or to have a moving image as a status update. I am sure though that once this is released locally I will burn through data watching Darryn and his Batman dolls fight Lex Luther.

Apparently the videos or images only last 24 hours so don’t spend too much time preparing them. The option to have your new creation only displayed to certain contacts is also there. So if you want to neck a keg of beer and not let your boss know why you didn’t pitch for work you are protected.

When the update rolls out you’ll find it at the top of the menu where you find Calls – Chats – Contacts. There will also be a camera button that will allow you to snap from inside the app for ease too. I really don’t think I’ll be playing around with this. will you?

Last Updated: February 24, 2017


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  2. Matthew Figueira

    February 24, 2017 at 14:37



  3. Matthew Figueira

    February 24, 2017 at 14:38



  4. Tracy Benson

    February 24, 2017 at 14:39

    I noticed it earlier, all I can think is, why? I’m literally never going to use that. Ever.


    • RinceThis

      February 24, 2017 at 15:00

      My version doesn’t have it for some reason. Not sure how I’ll cope…


  5. Alien Emperor Trevor

    February 24, 2017 at 14:43

    Get out my airspace.

    My colleague facetimed me on Whatsapp the other day. I didn’t understand what was going on until she yelled at me to look at the phone. 😀


    • RinceThis

      February 24, 2017 at 14:59

      hahahah I don’t even know how to do that


    • Andre116

      February 24, 2017 at 16:58

      Bet she had a good look into your ear canal while you were trying to figure out what was going on.


  6. HvR

    February 24, 2017 at 15:53

    *open whatsapp*
    *fixes hair”
    *looks into camera and press record*

    “Hey there! I’m using WhatsApp ….”


  7. Captain JJ

    February 24, 2017 at 16:03

    Since FB took over Instagram, that’s also slowly been going to crap.


  8. Ottokie

    February 24, 2017 at 17:21

    I will delete anyone that does that I swear. It’s hard enough to read the inspirational and I love (insert your religion here) crap.


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