WhatsApp just launched a new feature called WhatsApp Status. In short, it is just like Instagram Stories. Or should I say Snapchat since Instagram Stories is a copy of Snapchat.
When Facebook added Instagram Stories on Instagram, I can totally see the reason why. It’s competing with Snapchat for the “Instant video and photo that will be gone after 24 hours” space. And I must say that it is a smart move for Facebook to put that feature on Instagram. It really took away some users from Snapchat.
But I don’t understand why Facebook added the same feature to WhatsApp. Isn’t Instagram Stories enough? Why create another identical service to compete with Snapchat and their own Instagram Stories?
Do we really need another platform for posting videos and photos that will be gone within 24 hours?
Let’s just say we really need another platform to do it, my biggest question is: Are you sure you want to use WhatsApp Status?
Just think about it. WhatsApp Status is shared with everyone in your contacts. Now go through your contact list. You’ll most likely have clients, bosses, colleagues, acquaintances etc in your contact list. Do you really want to share your WhatsApp Status with them?
WhatsApp provide you a privacy settings to block some people in your contact list from seeing your WhatsApp status. You can always block those that you don’t want to share your WhatsApp Status before you start using. Cool right? Not really.
You’ll need to remember to update privacy settings whenever you add a new person to your address book. What if you forgot to block a new client on WhatsApp Status after adding his number to your contact list? Are you sure you want to go through that trouble?
You might say that Snapchat and Instagram Stories also have similar problems. Yes. But at least Snapchat and Instagram make it easier to control your privacy settings and doesn’t add new followers whenever you add a new mobile number in your contact list. Your contact list is not your social network.
So are you really really sure you want to use WhatsApp Status?
Well, you can still use WhatsApp Status and be mindful that your bosses, colleagues and clients might be watching. Or you can just stick with Snapchat/Instagram Stories and save yourself the trouble.