WhatsApp to Introduce Usernames for Channels
In an exciting update for WhatsApp users, the popular messaging app is planning to allow users to set usernames for channels. This move comes shortly after Signal, another messaging app, announced that it is testing public usernames for individuals, a step towards enhancing anonymity.
The idea of introducing usernames instead of phone numbers was initially rumored back in May, with the goal of making the app safer by no longer requiring users to reveal their phone numbers to other contacts on WhatsApp. However, the latest information from WABetaInfo suggests that the feature for profile usernames is still under development and will be saved for a later release, but usernames for channels could be arriving soon.
According to WABetaInfo, the feature is still under development and not ready for beta testing, but they have released a preview of how it will look. The team at WABetaInfo believes that this new feature will bring important advantages to the user experience by allowing users to share channel information more consistently and eliminating the need for complex channel links. Additionally, channels can establish a more recognizable presence by having a unique username, making it more accessible to users.
On the other hand, WhatsApp boss Will Cathcart recently reassured users that the app will not display ads in the chat inbox section. In an interview, Cathcart emphasized that the company “will not place ads in the inbox or chats” as they believe people do not want to see advertising when they open their inbox. However, he did not rule out the idea of WhatsApp showing ads in other parts of the app.
The introduction of usernames for channels is a clear example of WhatsApp’s commitment to enhancing user experience and privacy on the app. With this new feature on the horizon, users can look forward to a more seamless and recognizable way of interacting with channels on WhatsApp. And with the assurance that ads will not invade their chat inbox, users can continue to enjoy the app without interruptions.