WhatsApp Communities are a great way for users to keep all of their chat groups organized. While they’re a great platform for mutual communications between admins and members, that’s not the case with the announcement groups. However,. WhatsApp is working on a feature that will bring replies to Community announcement groups. This comes after the company announced cross-platform messaging.
In case you don’t know what WhatsApp Communities are, this is a feature that allows you to create and manage multiple chat groups under one umbrella. You can create up to 50 chat groups that you can place under it. Think of it as Discord for WhatsApp. There can be different group admins for these groups and you can place these groups under different categories. It’s a great way for people running large organizations that need multiple chat groups to sustain.
WhatsApp Communities will allow for replies in the Community announcement groups
This feature was discovered by WABetaInfo. It exists in the WhatsApp beta version 184.108.40.206 for Android. If you have that version of the app, there’s still a chance that you will not see the feature. So, update your app to the latest version and see if you are one of the lucky ones.
Within a community’s chat groups, people can chat amongst themselves. This includes both members and admins. However, Communities can have an Announcement group. The announcement group acts like a Channel. It’s a group where everyone can view messages, but only one person can post, and that’s the creator of the community. This is a group that allows you to broadcast updates to everyone.
Well, it appears that WhatsApp wants to bring some more interaction with your Community announcement group. According to a new report, WhatsApp is readying a feature that will let people actually reply to messages in the Community announcement groups.
Looking at the screenshot below, we see the option to reply to it with a message in an announcement group. This will give admins a better understanding of user’s responses to the announcement. So, it could be very useful.
One thing to note is that there could be a limit. If the group has more than 1,024 members, then the feature may be unavailable. We’re not sure why, but it could probably be because announcement groups could easily become overrun if there are more than a thousand members.
This is still in testing
At this point, we don’t know if WhatsApp plans on releasing this feature. It’s still in testing, so there’s always the chance that the company could make changes or take it away. Take this news cautiously.