MakeUseOf: WhatsApp Rolls Out Group Chat Improvements . “WhatsApp has made a number of improvements to the way group chats work. Most of the improvements are on the admin side of things, but all of them are designed to help people use WhatsApp group chats more effectively. Or at least that’s the hope.”
Digital Trends: Hang out via video chat, then tag friends in Stories with Snapchat’s new tools. “Snapchat is pushing to become the most popular virtual hangout destination. On Tuesday, April 3, Snapchat announced new group video chats. The tool allows up to 16 friends to join in and chat via video. The announcement comes alongside a wider rollout of the previously tested mention that allow users to tag another Snapchatter.”
CBR: Facebook launches open source group chat encryption tool . “Facebook has made a new tool available via GitHub that allows users to apply encryption to their social media group chats. Named the Asynchronous Ratcheting Tree, the open source tool is designed to enhance the security of Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and the Signal App among others. In the event of a security breach, the tool would work to re-establish security, instead of simply leaving the entry point open for a hacker to return to in future.”
The Verge: Facebook is building a Houseparty clone for live group video chat. “Facebook is building a standalone app that incorporates ideas from Houseparty, the group video chat app that rose from the ashes of Meerkat, The Verge has learned. The app, which has the working name Bonfire, was recently demonstrated for employees. It is being targeted for a fall release, according to a person familiar with the matter. “
Snapchat has added group chat. “You can create a Group while sending a Snap or by selecting friends’ names when starting a Chat. When your friends are present in a Group Chat, you will be able to see their name at the bottom of the screen.”
TechSpot’s got a writeup about a new app that lets you broadcast group chats to the public. “Public could be described as group chats with an audience. Anyone can make their own public chat group and embed them on other websites as well as share them via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Anyone can follow conversations in real-time or read up on them later, and there are some basic tools for the audience to participate with he option to react, comment, ask questions — these are displayed separately from the main conversation.You can also request to be part of a group, but members of that group must approve.” You named your app Public? Oh boy.
BuzzFeed has a writeup on a new messaging app which is sorta like Twitter, only with more control over interaction. “While all the chats on Talkshow are publicly viewable, only people you invite can join the conversation. On Twitter, not only do all conversations take place in public, but anyone who hits the reply button can join in.”