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Users welcome WhatsApp's blue double-tick message sign.

RIYADH: RASHID HASSAN

WhatsApp, the cross-platform instant messaging service available on smartphones has initiated the new facet of sending back read message confirmations to the sender by issuing blue double tick marks on the message sent. A statement on the WhatsApp website suggests that the blue double tick mark indicates and confirms that the message has been read or seen by the user at the other end. Earlier, when the message was sent, one little tick used to appear to show that it had been sent; two tick marks indicated that it had been received but there was no evidence to indicate that the message had been read. In fact, there was confusion with the double tick marks which users thought indicated that a message had been seen. Actually it meant that a message had been received by the handset, not its human owner. Now, the WhatsApp's official website has confirmed that the messaging service has a new feature confirming when the person at the other end has definitely read the message sent. It further elaborated that when people exchange group messages, the two blue ticks will appear to indicate that everyone in the group has read the message. Whereas, the grey check marks will signal that everyone has received the message only. One can also see the time the message was delivered and read by pressing the message with the double tick and holding it for a few seconds before selecting "info." This new initiative of message confirmation by WhatsApp has been welcomed in the capital by citizens and expatriates alike. Abdullah Inayat, a Saudi citizen working as a public relations executive told Arab News: "It's a good move by WhatsApp as it gives you peace of mind that your message has reached and been seen at the other end." Waleed Jameel, a software programmer in Riyadh, also hailed the new color update saying: "The confusion of whether the message was seen is over now."

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Publication:Arab News (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Date:Nov 10, 2014
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