“Communities like neighborhoods, parents at a school, and workplaces can now connect multiple groups together under one umbrella to organize group conversations on WhatsApp.”
As displayed here, each WhatsApp Community will include a description of what the Community is for, as well as a menu of sub-groups within that Community that members can choose to join. That’ll enable all new ways of using the app to connect, while also facilitating new forms of discovery (first screenshot above), providing more ways to stay in touch.
The updated chat options also include larger file sharing, emoji reactions, group audio calls and more.
It’s a good update, which could provide more ways to connect with more people around topics of interest, with a variety of related chat groups under a single topic umbrella, facilitating more engagement opportunities.
Of course, it could also enable anti-social, even criminal groups to better organize and expand their networks as well, under the cover of encryption. But from a local community or topic-based perspective, it could provide big benefits in expanding people’s networks, and maximizing opportunities.
The new Communities tab will appear at the top of your chats on Android, and at the bottom on iOS, in the latest version of the app.