WhatsApp has made several improvements to its Groups function, which allow users to chat to multiple people in one conversation.
Users can now add a description to the Group, to help to join members understand what its purpose is.
In a blog announcing the changes, a spokesperson for WhatsApp said: “A short blurb found under group info that allows you to set the purpose, guidelines, or topics for the group.
Starting today for both iOS and Android users, WhatsApp group chat changes will be rolled out that allow users to include a description to detail the purpose, guidelines, or topics for the group. The description will be shared with each new member of the WhatsApp group chat – allowing those having a discussion to stay on topic. Related: How to activate the auto-delete feature on WhatsApp
WhatsApp group chats can include up to 256 participants, making the app viable for chat rooms rather than just a way to discuss among a couple of friends. It will be interesting to see how this new change affects the flow of discussion in larger groups. While it’s a minor change, it may add some much-needed organization to the messaging app.
In addition to this change for WhatsApp group chat, the service is also launching a new feature called Catch Up – allowing users to see a quick recap of messages that have mentioned or replied to you since you’ve been away.
This will be included with a brand new @ button at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen, making Catch Up easily accessible and very useful to get a glimpse of activity while you’re away from the discussion.
Another feature being added to WhatsApp group chat is a change that makes it impossible to remove a Group creator from groups that they started – according to the company in a recent blog post. In an expansion of the organization and administrative tools for the app, leaders will be able to restrict which members can change a group’s icon and description as well as determine which users have administrative permissions.