WhatsApp has updated to add a new feature that allows users to see when their messages have been read, as the company reports a growth in users as well.

WhatsApp is the cross-platform messaging app that allows users to send messages from one app to multiple services and includes text messages. While many have wondered about the future, or growth potential of an app like this, it’s become clear with a recent update that the company is looking to other messaging features for ideas about how to improve their product. The newest feature that has found its way onto WhatsApp is the ability to know when a person has read the message that you sent.

This is something that has both pleased some users, and completely turned off other users. In addition, the feature will even tell you the exact moment in time when the message was read – much in the same way Facebook tells their users when a message was read on their Messenger. The company explained that there are actually three different icons, which will appear at the bottom-right-hand portion of the messages.

WhatsApp calls them “ticks” but they really just look like checkmarks. A single tick, or check means that the message was sent successfully and that it is lingering in the tech realm somewhere. That tick will appear to be grey in color. Then, when the message was successfully delivered to the recipients phone a second grey tick, or check will appear. Finally, when the message is read, the checks will turn blue, and a timestamp will be displayed next to it.

WhatsApp messages with timestamp

The same logic will be applied to group messages as the check will turn blue after all members of the group chat have received and read the messages in question. WhatsApp says that this was atop the list of features that users wanted and that this was just a development of the timestamp feature that they employed earlier. However, not everyone has been as excited about the read feature, as many people are already exploring workaround methods to shut the read receipts off.

That said, this comes at a time when WhatsApp is seeing thunderous growth in countries like India where it is been reported that user growth climbed from 20 million to 70 million in the most recent report.

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