WhatsApp rolled out the mentions feature for its users back in 2016 in an attempt to improve the overall experience of the users. The mentions feature is something like tagging on Facebook and you can use it with just a '@' prefix and the name of the members of the group. Now, it looks like the company is all set to roll out another feature that will send notifications to users whenever they are mentioned by someone in a group. This feature has been spotted on the latest iOS beta version of WhatsApp tipping that it might soon make its way to all the users.
The upcoming feature that sends notifications when you are mentioned in a group was initially spotted by WABetaInfo that comes up with the WhatsApp related features and updates. The folks over there have also shared a screenshot of the same. In the screenshot, you can see that there is a button above the 'jump to the bottom' button. Here, the button shows '@' and the number four. This is claimed to indicate that your name has been mentioned four times in that specific WhatsApp group. Tapping on the button will take you to these mentions.
The report notes that this button will be displayed only if the messages in which you are mentioned are unread. And, if you scroll through the unread messages in the WhatsApp group manually, then the button will vanish automatically. This feature is currently under testing and there is no word regarding when it will be rolled out to the public as a part of the stable version of WhatsApp.
It's surely a boon
If you are a member of many WhatsApp groups and with a lot of members and active conversations, then you will know the value of this upcoming feature that will notify you when you are mentioned. It will definitely be a boon for you as you will not miss out any conversation aimed at you. We say so as it is common for us to mute large groups that will result in skipping important conversations and messages. Even with this feature, you might skip messages but you will get to know the ones you are mentioned in.
New group features
Recently, WhatsApp is coming is testing several new features for groups, especially many those will be favorable for the group admins. The latest beta versions were spotted to arrive with a feature that will let the group admins create restricted groups and contact the members only when there is an important announcement that needs their attention and restrict the conversations between the members.
Also, the researchers have discovered a server-level flaw in WhatsApp groups that lets anyone join a group without the consent of the group administrator and sneak peak at all the conversations of the group.