A report from Mashable says WhatsApp is testing a big update in its Status updates. The company is testing a new WhatsApp algorithm that will sort Status updates on the app by relevance instead of the chronological order.
The experiment will start with a few people in some countries before it gets rolled out globally. WhatsApp will start testing the feature update with a small number of iPhone users in Spain, India and Brazil. Then after they get necessaries patches done, they roll it out globally.
At the moment, the Statuses show in a reverse chronological order. That is, the most recent one appears on top of the list.
The new coding underlying the update will order WhatsApp Statuses on which contact’s update is probably the most relevant.
Yeah. You would wonder how they’re going to do that but trust me they’ll work something out. They may bring something shitty or a “let’s take like that” update. In any other way they do it, it’s going be weird for some people. The update may give preference to contacts that post all the time.
How it will work
This is how it is going to be. The algorithm will base on a couple of key factors to do this. One key signal is frequency of interaction. With this, the algorithm will check those contacts you frequently interact with. Also, it will add people whose Statuses you view most often and reply their Statuses.
The paperwork seems to lay out something cool but hey this is WhatsApp. People just don’t appreciate the company messing with the features and other things on the app. This is because they see the app as a more private thing other than a mere social networking app.
Understanding how the new algo will work you’d be sceptical that it’s going to collect data on you. It is not like its other two family members — Facebook and Instagram. That’s what I think too but Mashable confirms that the new algorithm won’t really collect your data.
The site says “the information it (new algo) needs to make its determinations will be kept on users’ phones, and won’t touch WhatsApp’s servers”. However, if you do backups, your preferences will be saved as part of the backup.
As said earlier, the company is going to start the test with iPhone users in Spain, India and Brazil. After that experiment, Android users will also experiment it. Later when the initial tests are done the over 450 million people using the Status feature every day. Let’s hope they don’t give us awkward update since the mother company Facebook is noted for that.