There are features in apps that need fixing like Whatsapp s Last Seen feature and those that enhance an app s experience. WhatsApp s new Blue Ticks, which essentially confirm that a recipient has read your message, squarely falls in the former category. So now you have one gray tick to show the message has been sent, two gray ones to show it has been delivered and two blue ones that indicate the person has read your message. Also Read - Govt brings Sandes instant messaging app to counter WhatsAppAlso Read - Happy Friendship Day 2021: How to send Friendship Day wishes Stickers on WhatsApp
It is understandable to an extent why WhatsApp would introduce a delivery receipt for messages after all it saves you from following up on your sent messages. But not everyone, including yours truly, is that impressed with this new feature. Also Read - How to archive chats on WhatsApp in simple steps
It was widely believed that one tick meant that the message had been successfully sent, and two ticks meant that the other person had read it. But in reality, that was never the case. You still get the single or two grey ticks, but when the other person reads your message, the two ticks turn blue.
There are ways to look at this a useful feature or an unnecessary intrusion into our privacy. On one hand, you won t have to follow up or keep wondering if the other person had seen/read the sent message. The moment the ticks turn blue, you know the other person has seen the message and you can continue the conversation or start worrying why they haven t replied.
The latter is also the reason why these blue ticks are an intrusion into one s privacy. There are times one would like to wait before replying to a message or use the excuse I was busy so couldn t see the message before. With these dreaded ticks, now the only way you can use one of these excuses is by not accessing the app at all!
This is also one of the primary reasons many disabled the Last Seen feature. But what is really annoying is that unlike, the Last Seen feature, there is no way to disable the blue ticks. Period. It almost feels like Jan Koum and Co. have decided to act like over-enthusiastic chaperones. It is little wonder then, since yesterday, the Internet is flooded with jokes and memes taking a Mickey out of WhatsApp s Blue Ticks. Here are a few of the best ones we found on the social media.
Whatsapp is testing the blue tick. To show that the recipient read your message. Goodbye relationship. pic.twitter.com/7lCPo7LGKx
Aliff Hazwan (@twt_cinta) November 6, 2014
The Whatsapp’s new blue tick feature is just a gentle reminder from Zuckerberg to all the users about who owns Whatsapp now.
The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) November 6, 2014
In other news, as WhatsApp introduced Double Blue Tick, Telegram Messenger jumped 350 spots on Google Play. Now at #7 in India.
PJ (@BeingPractical) November 7, 2014
Thank you whatsapp for showing me that I’m being ignored #bluetick
Jin Lim (@JinnyBoy) November 6, 2014
…and then the Satan said “online status on Whatsapp is not enough to make human race fight against each other, lets introduce blue tick”
Akem Aiman (@AkemAiman) November 6, 2014
What do you think of these WhatsApp s Blue Ticks? Are they the time savers or do you feel they curb your freedom? Let us know in our comments section below.