Tech & Science WhatsApp copies Telegram to add one-way 'broadcast' mode to group chats

11:27  02 july  2018
11:27  02 july  2018 Source:   techcrunch.com

Man arrested for posting Ramdev's morphed photo in WhatsApp group

  Man arrested for posting Ramdev's morphed photo in WhatsApp group Man arrested for posting Ramdev's morphed photo in WhatsApp groupThe accused was reportedly arrested from his house after a case under IT act was registered against him. In the morphed image, Ramdev can be seen lifting his leg while he is surrounded by a group of men.

This week, WhatsApp outed a new feature for its groups that is essentially a replica of Telegram ’s channels — that is, a one - way broadcast communication stream. chat app. group . messaging. Telegram . WhatsApp .

It’s common to speak of Instagram, the Facebook-owned photo-app-now-social-network, borrowing from Snapchat, but now Facebook’s WhatsApp chat app is increasingly drawing its innovation from others such as Telegram .

  WhatsApp copies Telegram to add one-way 'broadcast' mode to group chats © Alexander Pohl/NurPhoto via Getty Images "Good artists borrow great artists steal" is a phrase that Facebook seems acutely aware of.

It's common to speak of Instagram, the Facebook-owned photo-app-now-social-network, borrowing from Snapchat, but now Facebook's WhatsApp chat app is increasingly drawing its innovation from others such as Telegram.

This week, WhatsApp outed a new feature for its groups that is essentially a replica of Telegram's channels -- that is, a one-way broadcast communication stream.

Telegram channels are popular for setting up a broadcast news feed that allows people to sign up to get alerts from channel admins, who might be news agencies, companies, schools, public interest groups or more. Now WhatsApp is adding the feature to gives its message app new use cases.

WhatsApp has a new option that can make annoying group chats more bearable

  WhatsApp has a new option that can make annoying group chats more bearable WhatsApp group chats can be incredibly useful — the perfect tool for organizing social events, or keeping up to date with news from places like your children’s school. But, everyone knows that groups can quickly descend into chaos as everyone starts, well, chatting with one another. That’s why WhatsApp is introducing a new option for group chats that lets only approved administrators send messages. © Getty It’s a simple change, but one that will make group chats more functional and appealing for certain use-cases. WhatsApp obviously knows group chats are a big part of its appeal, and has been slowly adding more features.

Its common to speak of Instagram, the Facebook-owned photo-app-now-social-network, borrowing from Snapchat, but now Facebooks WhatsApp chat app is increasingly drawing its innovation from others such as Telegram . This week, WhatsApp outed a new feature for its groups that is [].

This week, WhatsApp outed a new feature for its groups that is essentially a replica of Telegram ’s channels — that is, a one - way broadcast communication stream.

Actually, as is often the case for WhatsApp, users have unofficially adopted channel-like behavior for some time. Last year, for example, there were reports of a rural journalist using the messaging app to report and broadcast local news. Doing that is suddenly a whole lot easier through this new 'broadcast-only' feature.

"One way people use groups is to receive important announcements and information, including parents and teachers at schools, community centers, and non-profit organizations. We've introduced this new setting so admins can have better tools for these use cases," WhatsApp wrote in a short blog post.

Still, the fact that WhatsApp requires users to provide a phone number to join groups -- anyone's number can be looked up by any group member -- is one issue when it comes to creating or joining public groups. Telegram has introduced usernames, which mitigate that issue, but still, the app doesn't have anything like WhatsApp's scale which is a crucial consideration when deciding which app to plump for.

WhatsApp has over 1.5 billion active users, more than 200 million of which are in India, whereas Telegram recently passed 200 million active users worldwide.

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