Just a few days ago Facebook had started the colorful text based status feature and the same is being rolled out for WhatsApp as well. Since the time WhatsApp has started it has grown tremendously.
This feature is available for iOS and Android users. You will also be able to see who all viewed your status. You can also restrict people in your contact list from viewing your status update.
WhatsApp said, “The new feature makes it easy to share creative text-based status updates. Now you never have to worry about getting the word out to all your family and friends. Whether you’re looking for vacation recommendations or notifying a group about the address for a party, the text-based status feature allows you to update your contacts in a fun and personal way. To customize text statuses, users can choose a specific font and background color, or include links."
To view the status of your contacts in the Web version you have to select the three ringed circle icon in the upper side. Then you will be able to see your own status update and also the status of the person you selected.
According to the official information, status updates are encrypted end-to-end and will disappear just after 24 hours. This new feature is quite similar to Instagram Stories to a certain extent.