Whatsapp has finally implemented quoted message responses, a feature which, for the past several years, has been on the wishlist of probably all mobile messaging users at one point or another.
Most mobile messaging users have several groups in which they are active, or they have those few extra-chatty friends who type with inhuman speed because they just have a lot to say. Most messaging users have found themselves in the situation where they had to reply to a question, or make a comment about some part of a conversation that has since moved on.
The short and easy way out was for the users just to write their reply and hope the other parties understood. More often than naught, hilarity, confusion, or both would ensue. The long way out implied taking the time to write an answer containing the question or manually selecting the text, copying it, and pasting it into the reply.
Older, non-instant messaging services on applications, such as forums, Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, etc. always had the possibility of quoting or responding to individual questions or pieces of text and personally I always wondered why no modern app considers adding a quote or reply button next to other people’s chat boxes.
WhatsApp answers that time old question by doing something about it. With the quoted message feature, WhatsApp users get the advantage of quality communication while replying with an easily implemented feature.
In order to use the quoted message feature, the WhatsApp user needs to long press on a previous message and then select the new reply button set alongside the options for starring, deleting, or copying. Responding to a message in WhatsApp will automatically display the message as a quote as part of the user’s message.
The quoted message responses feature is currently available for the beta version of WhatsApp. On Android devices, this is v.2.16.118. Many users, however, seem to have access to the feature already after just reinstalling the app.
With the quoted message responses feature reaching such a popular messaging app as WhatsApp, it is perhaps possible to see more quality of life improvements to rival instant messaging apps in the near future.
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