WhatsApp adds Snapchat-like feature

The messaging app has launched a new "status" feature ahead of its 8th birthday

WhatsApp has unveiled a new feature that will be rolled out to users over the next few days. Called 'WhatsApp Status', it will allow users to share moments with friends and family throughout their day with photos, videos and GIFs. 

WhatsApp's Jan Koum made the announcement via a blog post. 

"We are excited to announce that, coinciding with WhatsApp's 8th birthday on February 24, we are reinventing the status feature. Starting today, we are rolling out an update to status, which allows you to share photos and videos with your friends and contacts on WhatsApp in an easy and secure way. Yes, even your status updates are end-to-end encrypted."

For those looking to understand what that exactly means, let's break it down. WhatsApp is essentially introducing Instagram Stories to its platform, which as we told you before, is basically Snapchat. 

Users can share their daily activities with all of their contacts, should they so wish. They will also see updates from friends and family also using the feature. Just like Snapchat, Instagram Stories and Facebook Stories, all moments will disappear after 24 hours.