WhatsApp has officially launched WhatsApp Channels, to a global audience. Whatsapp has confirmed that channels will soon be accessible to users in India and 150 other countries. WhatsApp first introduced Channels in June, but it was limited to a few organizations in Colombia and Singapore.
Mark Zuckerberg revealed the launch of this feature through his fresh WhatsApp channel.
“Excited to introduce you all to WhatsApp Channels, a new private way for you to get updates from people and organizations you follow. I’m starting this channel to share Meta news and updates,” he said.
The Channels feature has its own separate tab called “Updates” on both iOS and Android smartphone, keeping the channels you follow private and hidden from others. This tab not only showcases WhatsApp Status messages but also features the exciting new WhatsApp Channels. Furthermore, your personal account information, including your phone number, remains confidential and inaccessible to both administrators and followers.
Additionally, users can explore an improved directory, thoughtfully filtered by their country, allowing them to discover region-specific content with ease.
This directory highlights channels based on their popularity, including follower count, activity level, and new arrivals on WhatsApp.
Users can express their feelings with emojis and see how many others reacted. Admins can edit Channel updates for up to 30 days before they’re deleted by WhatsApp.
When you forward an update to chats or groups, it will now include a link back to the channel, making it easier for people to learn more.
During its global launch, They highlighted some noteworthy additions to the channels lineup, including popular names like Olivia Rodrigo, David Guetta, Billboard, MLB (Major League Baseball), and, not to forget, Mark Zuckerberg himself.
WhatsApp’s global rollout of the Channels feature a step toward a more personalized and interactive messaging experience. WhatsApp Channels offers a fresh and engaging way for individuals, businesses, and creators to connect with their audiences.