WhatsApp has added a new feature to its group chats. Users can now tag a specific person within the WhatsApp group. Though this might be helpful for larger WhatsApp groups, it can get annoying for a person who doesn’t want to be disturbed by the notifications as the tagging overrides the mute-feature available in the group chat settings.
The only way one can stop getting notifications from the Whatsapp group is by disabling all notifications from the IM application. To do that, the user will have to go to the phone settings, look for the ‘Sound and notification’ option, select ‘App notification’ and then select Whatsapp from the list of applications. The user can then switch the toggle to off.
Disclaimer: Doing this won’t stop messages from being delivered but the user will have to enter the application to see the new texts.
To use this new feature, one can start typing with the symbol ‘@’ and then a list of names will pop up.
You can tag multiple contacts in a single message by tapping on multiple names at once.
This is more similar to how it works Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, all you do is use‘@’ then your contacts will popup allowing you to select which you want to tag (even those who are not on your phonebook).
Unfortunately, the new addition is not yet available on the standalone desktop.
Tagging someone will drop them a notification, highlighting that they have specifically been called out in there group chat.
This notification will come through – even if they have previously muted the conversation.
WhatsApp also recently added the ability to quote messages and photographs in a group chat to make it clear what exactly you are responding to.
To use the new feature, simply press and hold on the message you would like to include in your reply.
After a few seconds, a number of options will appear above the chat bubble, including Star, Copy, Info, Forward, Delete.
If you also see an option marked Reply, you have access to the new functionality.
Tap Reply and WhatsApp will generate a small preview of the selected message above the text field at the bottom of the app.
When you send your reply it will include a colourful thumbnail of your chosen message.
WhatsApp has also expanded group sizes from 100 to 256 participants.
– Daily Star & Business Today