Communities, a new WhatsApp feature that offers bigger, more organized conversation groups that were initially put through testing earlier this year, is now officially available. Communities create several new features to the messaging platform that is intended to help organizations, clubs, schools, and other private groups stay organized and improve communication. These features include admin controls, support for sub-groups and announcement groups, 32-person voice and video calls, larger-file sharing, emoji reactions, and polls.
Whatsapp Communities Features
Communities themselves provide end-to-end encryption and can accommodate groups of up to 1,024 people. Emoji reactions, large-file sharing (up to 2GB). And the option for admins to remove messages are just a few of features created for Communities. It have already made their way to the WhatsApp platform before today’s launch. According to the business, WhatsApp will now enable polls, 32-person video calls, and larger group sizes more widely outside of Communities.
Because both the new feature and Facebook Groups include features like sub-groups, file sharing, admin functionality, and more, they may at first be compared. However, WhatsApp Communities are designed to be used by people who may already be connected in the real world. Like Facebook Groups, which are frequently used by disconnected strangers with a shared interest. Because WhatsApp is phone number-based, as opposed to Facebook, members of these discussion groups already know one another. Because they may have swapped phone numbers or at the very least provided their numbers with the group admin. The phone numbers will only be made visible to admins and members of the same sub-groups as you. They will remain concealed from the rest of the Community.
Whatsapp Group Features
This aims to strike a compromise between users’ demands for privacy and the necessity of enabling communication between group members. For instance, even if you don’t know every parent on your child’s sports team personally. You’re likely at ease talking to them in a small group setting a part of the larger school community. In addition, WhatsApp Communities are hidden, in contrast to Facebook Groups, which may be found on the site. You must be asked to join. There won’t be a search or discovery option available.
On launch, admins of current group chats will have the option of switching their group to Communities. If they so choose, or they can choose to start over as a Community. Additionally, administrators have the authority to invite users to join the community by sending invitation links or by adding them to groups.
Communities are set up with the main announcement group that informs all members of the most crucial messages. However, only the admin-approved tiny sub-groups of users are allowed to chat. By doing this, members can avoid receiving excess communications about group activities and events they are not involved in. For a planning group or volunteer project members might set up a subgroup where only a select number need to communicate.