Are WhatsApps new Blue ticks useful or annoying?

Are WhatsApps new Blue ticks useful or annoying?
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But now with the new WhatsApp update there is no way you can get away with the same tired excuses. While most of us (read me) are happy to know that we can pull up a dear one for not responding to our message in spite of viewing it, always remember, you could often find yourself in the offending situation. The two ticks always meant the message had been delivered, but there was no way you would know if and when the message was read. This means, you could easily ignore a message or simply excuse yourself by saying, “I read it late” or “just saw your message”.

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recent New Feature Update in Whatsapp "Double blue ticks" Gives Users chance to Misunderstand and Mis-Interpret things

WhatsApp’s ‘blue ticks’ that now indicate whether or not the person you are sending messages to has actually read your message, is generating a lot of interest, given the massive popularity of the messaging app.

Although many earlier believed that one tick means your message is sent and two ticks means it has been received/read, that was never the case. The two ticks always meant the message had been delivered, but there was no way you would know if and when the message was read. This means, you could easily ignore a message or simply excuse yourself by saying, “I read it late” or “just saw your message”.

But now with the new WhatsApp update there is no way you can get away with the same tired excuses. While most of us (read me) are happy to know that we can pull up a dear one for not responding to our message in spite of viewing it, always remember, you could often find yourself in the offending situation.

On a personal front, I feel the update has both its good and its bad. On one hand, it means I can no longer tell people I didn’t feel like responding to that I was busy with work and didn’t see the message. On the other hand, it allows me to call out people who are clearly reading and ignoring my messages.if you see the message then you are obliged to respond or it may create a misunderstanding.

So does the good outweigh the bad with this update?

Interestingly, the blue ticks also work in group messaging. So, the ticks will turn blue when all the members of the group have seen the messages. Those who are heavy users of WhatsApp know that there is always one lurker in an extremely active group chat who never responds, but enjoys the whole conversation. Now they will all be caught out!

WhatsApp has never taken the stealthy approach and even earlier one could easily see when a person was last online. However, it gives an option to turn off the “last seen at” option, but now there seems to be no way that you can turn off these blue ticks. It looks like this feature is bound to receive flak. Let’s wait and see if users compel WhatsApp to disable it.

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