5 things to do when your social media platform is down

When WhatsApp was down for a few hours last Friday (November 3), Facebook timelines were filled with panic posts by people unable to communicate on WhatsApp. Snapchat is reported to be down at the point of writing and again, there is frenzy over the outage. Continue reading “5 things to do when your social media platform is down”

7-minute grace

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Ever sent a WhatsApp message only to wish that you could delete it later? Or have you ever sent a message to a wrong chat? Well, it looks like you’re not alone because WhatsApp has introduced a delete function that lets users delete messages within seven minutes of sending.

This seven-minute grace could be a face- or even life-saver for those moments when we hit sent too quickly.

Delete only works if both the sender and recipient are using the latest version of WhatsApp for Android, iPhone or Windows Phone.

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WhatsApp video call on the way

whatsapp-logoLast year, WhatsApp added voice to its messaging application. This year, it’s taking it one step further with video calls.

WhatsApp video calling is on the way for more than one billion users on Android, iPhone and Windows devices.

“We’re introducing this feature because we know that sometimes voice and text just aren’t enough. There’s no substitute for watching your grandchild take her first steps, or seeing your daughter’s face while she’s studying abroad. And we want to make these features available to everyone, not just those who can afford the most expensive new phones or live in countries with the best cellular networks,” said WhatsApp’s official press statement.

WhatsApp comes to the desktop

WhatsApp on desktopEver wished that you could use WhatsApp on your desktop? After all, it would make reading easier and writing messages faster. If you have, your wish was granted yesterday! WhatsApp is now available on the desktop for all, except iOS users. The company said that’s because of Apple’s platform limitations.

It’s easy to install — just download the latest version of WhatsApp and go to http://blog.whatsapp.com/ for further instructions.

The app works by pairing with your mobile phone. After a day of using it, I’m hooked!

WhatApp: Mute for a year!

WhatsApp muteWhatsApp has just scored points for extending its group chat mute feature from one week to one year. This would certainly help those who want to be part of a WhatsApp group chat but don’t want to be bugged by every notification in a highly active group.

While notifications are good, they can be a source of irritation if the phone keeps buzzing, especially if a person is part of numerous chat groups.

The mute feature helps to bring respite — albeit for only a week previously. Users need to reactivate the feature if they want to continue muting that chat group.

Facebook still tops among teens

ForresterContrary to speculation, Facebook is still hot with teens. Instead of seeing a mass exodus, Facebook is used by 78 percent of US youth at least once a month, with another 28 percent using the site “all the time,” according to a Forrester survey of more than 4,500 youth aged 12 to 17.

And, 57 percent of those surveyed use Facebook more than any other social site. Teen usage is higher on Facebook than on Instagram and WhatsApp combined, with 52 percent and 20 percent, respectively, using these social networks at least once a month.

“Every site experiences churn, and Facebook is no exception. But just as many young users say they’ve increased the time they spend on Facebook as say they’ve decreased usage. And promisingly for Facebook, the youngest users in our survey were the most likely to say they’re spending more time on the site,” noted Nate Elliott, Vice President and Principal Analyst of Forrester.