Sunday October 2, 2022 – 10:50 am
Conducting group conversations through digital messaging apps wasn’t easy until the video conferencing app Zoom introduced the ability to share links to facilitate group conferencing conversations.
And now the “WhatsApp” social networking app wants to facilitate group conversations for its users without having to collect a lot of phone numbers or create a group chat on the app.
“We launched links to WhatsApp chats starting this week, so you can follow the link to start a group chat in one step,” said Mark Zuckerberg, head of the Meta Platforms group that owns WhatsApp.
Will Cathcart, head of WhatsApp, revealed that the new feature will be available for audio and video chats this week.
And unlike Zoom and Google Hangouts, any link in the WhatsApp app for a group chat requires the app to be installed on the devices of all participants in the conversation.
And anyone who wants to start an audio or video group chat via “WhatsApp” in the future will find the “Create Contact Link” option at the top of the “Contacts” (Wheels) menu items.
Zuckerberg said that developers are currently testing the ability to allow group video chat with up to 32 users, while ensuring complete privacy and security.