WhatsApp users can now add Facebook-like colored backgrounds to status updates
(CCM) — WhatApp has spruced up its status messages by allowing users to post updates with a splash of background color.
"The new feature makes it easy to share creative text-based status updates. Now you never have to worry about getting the word out to all your family and friends. Whether you're looking for vacation recommendations or notifying a group about the address for a party, the text-based status feature allows you to update your contacts in a fun and personal way," WhatsApp said in a statement quoted by the International Business Times. "To customize text statuses, users can choose a specific font and background color, or include links," WhatsApp said.
The new feature mimics one introduced by Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, in March. Facebook says that the colored status update backgrounds increase engagement with other users, and the fact that the feature is being introduced in WhatsApp suggest that this is indeed the case.
The new status updates feature is rolling out to WhatsApp users around the world and should be available to all iOS and Android users in the next few days. The feature will also be available to WhatsApp web users, but not to users on Microsoft's Windows Mobile platforms.
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