Finally.. Group chats on "WhatsApp" using links
WhatsApp is launching a new feature called Call Links to better facilitate group voice and video chats.
According to WhatsApp's announcement of the launch of the new Call Links feature, it appears that it will enable you to share a link to invite others to join a group chat in the application.
And the WhatsApp social networking application wants to facilitate group conversations for its users without the need to collect a lot of phone numbers or create a group chat room on the application.
As you can see in these examples, you will now be able to create custom URL's for WhatsApp group video and audio chats, making it easier for others to join the discussion in the app.
When the option is available (the option is rolling out this week), you'll be able to see the Call Link option under the Calls tab, allowing you to create a shareable link to get people into your chats.
"We launched the chat links on WhatsApp starting this week, so you can subscribe to a link to start a group chat in one step," said Mark Zuckerberg, head of the Meta Platforms group that owns WhatsApp.
And unlike both Zoom and Google Hangouts, any WhatsApp link for a group chat needs to be installed on the devices of all participants in the conversation.
Anyone who wants to start an audio or video group chat on WhatsApp in the future will find the "Create a contact link" option at the top of the "Coles" menu options.
It can be an easy way to help enhance community connection and facilitate engagement, while brands can also use the option to better communicate with influencers and advocates in a more direct and intimate way.
For example, you can have an exclusive chat to discuss your upcoming product launch, or get feedback on potential updates. Meta's says it's also working on secure, encrypted video calls for up to 32 people as well, so there may soon be a range of ways to use the option as a way to highlight and engage with specific audiences directly.
In fact, as part of a recent product announcement, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg noted, "Most people use feeds to discover content and use messages to make deeper connections."