According to a report by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is exploring the possibility of introducing usernames as a primary means of identification, moving away from its traditional reliance on phone numbers.
This move is seen as a response to the increasing competition from other social media applications, which often allow users to create unique usernames. The most recent platform to add the username feature is YouTube.
The potential introduction of usernames on WhatsApp has generated mixed reactions from its user base. Most users have criticized the platform, calling out WhatsApp for ‘complicating the messaging app’. Considering the number of users on WhatsApp, it may be hard to get enough usernames for everyone on the platform.
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WhatsApp has been continuously rolling out new features in recent times to enhance the user experience. Late last year, the platform rolled out WhatsApp communities which allowed users to merge groups to form a community where messages can be broadcast to several WhatsApp groups at once. The latest update of WhatsApp also saw the introduction of a feature that allows users to lock individual chats and another one that allows the editing of already sent messages.
In addition to the discussions surrounding the potential introduction of usernames on WhatsApp, users have been vocal about another feature they eagerly desire: the ability to go live on the platform. this feature, if introduced, would allow individuals to share live moments, and events, or simply engage in real-time conversations with their contacts.
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Despite having a feature that allows users to video-call and another that allows them to share their live location in real-time, users say that the live feature would enhance their experience on the platform better.
It remains to be seen how WhatsApp will address the concerns raised by users while implementing usernames. Since the Meta-owned platform has been on a roll to introduce new features, users remain hopeful that they will also get a live feature soon.