Photos that can only be viewed once: Whatsapp introduces the function – saving

You would think it is a triumph of the convenience that humanity no longer has to write letters as before, but can speak to someone halfway around the world – by phone – from almost anywhere. how much of the world. It seems it was only a temporary phase. Young people or their parents know what it is: calling may be something in an emergency. Otherwise, however, it is written in chat apps like Whatsapp or Signal.

One can only guess how many embarrassing moments the young people were spared because the helicopter moms and dads sent their almost always embarrassing advice or questions through WhatsApp instead of calling their kids directly. Photos and videos are also sent via Whatsapp. But not all are made to last, and some of them should be gone immediately.

If this is important to you, now you can use a new function that Whatsapp has just introduced. Images and videos can be sent in such a way that they are deleted after viewing them once. The new function is very easy to find: In addition to the field for the legend, there is a small button that activates it.

Whatsapp names the password for WiFi as a sample app. Write on a piece of paper, send a photo, the recipient looks at it – and off you go. Unless, and that’s the catch, the recipient took a screenshot of the message. According to Whatsapp, this is not prevented and the sender does not find out anything about it. Of course, you can also take a photo of the photo on the cell phone screen, with a second cell phone or an old school with a camera.

Everyone should think carefully in advance who to send which photos

This means that what has long been happening in the age of full networking continues to apply: if you don’t want photos to fall into the wrong hands, you need to think carefully about who to send which photos or videos to. and to whom not.

Incidentally, the delete function is not entirely new. In fact, it was stolen from Snapchat, a competitor to Whatsapp and its parent company Facebook. The company started with this idea in 2011. Even with Snapchat, deletion isn’t one hundred percent.

Whatsapp ensures on demand that unique images and videos are also end-to-end encrypted. This means that they can only be decrypted and viewed by the sender and the recipient, not even by Whatsapp itself. However, there is also an exception here: if someone reports an image to Whatsapp, for example because of offensive content, the group receives access to it. The new feature is a nice addition for anyone who enjoys chatting and sending photos and videos, but nothing more.

The tendency to chat clearly cannot be stopped. At the height of the pandemic, more calls were made, but overall the trend is chat. In a recent online survey, 62% of 18-24 year olds said they preferred to communicate with friends or family via chat, only 15% said they preferred to use the phone. 33% of those over 45 said this. Video chats don’t play a major role overall, voicemail messages are used even more – the elegant mix of chat and telephony. Maybe this will become the new trend.

The whole discussion was only made possible by a development that began almost exactly 25 years ago. In August 1996, Nokia released the 9000 Communicator – the ancestor of all smartphones. It is also affectionately known as the telephone booth because of its size. The device could only truly be accepted by gadget enthusiasts and managers who lugged it around for status reasons. Blackberry and Windows smartphones followed. But things really got started when Apple rolled around the corner with the iPhone. The rest is history.

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