WhatsApp is replacing its text-based status messages with something very similar to Snapchat’s Stories feature. The feature will be available to WhatsApp’s billion-plus users today on Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Like Snapchat Stories, WhatsApp users will be able to take a photo, adorn it with drawings, text and emojis, and then post it as your status. These status updates will appear in a new tab, where contacts can view it for the next 24 hours.
This will be the fourth Facebook product to ripoff Snapchat — Instagram did so back in August, followed by Facebook Messenger and then Facebook. WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in 2014. What do you think about this latest blatant Snapchat imitation? Snapchat’s IPO is scheduled for March 2.