In an effort to discourage users from muting group chats, WhatsApp has just added a new feature in its recent update that allows users to tag people so they can receive a notification, even if they’ve muted a conversation (via Wired). To tag someone in a WhatsApp group chat, simple enter the ‘@’ symbol, followed by the contact’s name. A menu will also pop up where you can select the contact.
As the Facebook-owned app continues to add more ways for users to communicate with each other, such as sending stickers and drawing on images, there is more opportunity for an important message about who needs to buy milk next getting lost in the chat without the ‘@’ function.
The feature lets you tag multiple contacts in a single message, as well as tag contacts that aren’t saved in your address book but are part of the same group chat. The app has also expanded group sizes from 100 up to 256 participants, which makes the ‘@’ message function vital for making sure that your message gets seen by the right person.
The new WhatsApp tagging feature is available on the updated iOS app, but has not yet rolled out on the desktop app.
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