Facebook has constantly been accused of stealing Snapchat’s ideas, but that doesn’t seem to affect them as they’ve done it again.
After bringing 24-hour picture and video updates to Instagram and the Facebook application, the company is set to bring the feature to Whatsapp.
The messaging application’s one line status update is being revamped, and users will now be able to use videos, pictures and gifs for the updates.
Like Snapchat, these updates will only be available for only 24 hours.
The update was announced by Whatsapp founder Jam Koum, who revealed that the update would roll out on the 24th on February.
“We are excited to announce that, coinciding with WhatsApp’s 8th birthday on February 24, we are reinventing the status feature,” Mr Koum wrote.
“Starting today, we are rolling out an update to status, which allows you to share photos and videos with your friends and contacts on WhatsApp in an easy and secure way. Yes, even your status updates are end-to-end encrypted.
“Just like eight years ago when we first started WhatsApp, this new and improved status feature will let you keep your friends who use WhatsApp easily updated in a fun and simple way. From all of us at WhatsApp, we hope you enjoy it!”
Statuses will also move from the user’s page, and will have its own column between Calls and Chats.