WhatsApp unveils new Covid-19 vaccine stickers

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WhatsApp joins forces with the World Health Organization on a new ‘Vaccines for All’ sticker pack in hopes of providing users with a ‘fun way to express their joy in private’ over the Covid-19 jab

  • The new sticker pack includes a range of Covid-19 vaccine-related illustrations
  • Among which syringes and patches, as well as hugging vaccinated people
  • WhatsApp stickers allow users to share feelings that ‘cannot be expressed with words’

WhatsApp has joined forces with the World Health Organization (WHO) for its new ‘Vaccines for All’ sticker pack as the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine gains momentum.

The sticker pack contains a range of vaccine-related illustrations, including syringes, patches and glass vials, as well as two vaccinated people hugging and a doctor holding a Covid test stick.

WhatsApp hopes the stickers will provide its users with a “ fun way to privately express their joy ” of getting their Covid-19 shot.

Introduced in 2018, WhatsApp stickers allow users to share their feelings in a way that “ they can’t always express with words, ” just like emoji.

The new 'Vaccines for All' sticker pack includes a range of vaccine-related illustrations including syringes, patches and glass ampoules, as well as a doctor holding a Covid test stick

The new ‘Vaccines for All’ sticker pack includes a range of vaccine-related illustrations including syringes, patches and glass ampoules, as well as a doctor holding a Covid test stick

HOW TO SEND WHATSAPP STICKERS

Open an individual chat or group chat.

Tap Emoji> Stickers> Add to add sticker packs.

Tap Download next to the sticker pack you want to download.

A green check mark will appear when the download is complete.

Tap Back. Find and tap the sticker you want to send.

Once you tap on the sticker, it will be sent automatically.

“The Vaccines for All sticker pack is now available within WhatsApp,” WhatsApp said in a blog post on Tuesday.

“We hope these stickers provide a fun and creative way for people to connect with each other and privately express their joy, relief and hope at the opportunities offered by the Covid-19 vaccines.”

To send the new stickers, Android users must have opened an individual or group chat and tap the smiley face to the left of the “ Type a message ” spot.

This brings out the logo for stickers at the bottom – a small square with the bottom right corner coming off slightly.

iOS users should initially see the same square sticker logo to the right of the chat box. They have to tap on this to bring up another sticker logo at the bottom, next to the GIF option.

Tapping the plus sign on the right will bring up a list of all available stickers, which users can download by tapping the down arrow.

WhatsApp unveiled a similar sticker pack called ‘Together at Home’ around this time last year in partnership with WHO, which is still available for download.

This package included references to lockdown and social distance, including high-fives in the air, the problems with working from home with a cat, indoor aerobic exercise, and a hand holding a bar of soap.

WhatsApp said billions of stickers are sent every day on Facebook’s chat platform, which has more than two billion users worldwide.

Since the launch of stickers in 2018, they have become one of the fastest growing ways people communicate.

The 'Together at Home' was released last April to help people stay connected during the pandemic

The 'Together at Home' was released last April to help people stay connected during the pandemic

The ‘Together at Home’ was released last April to help people stay connected during the pandemic

Until now WhatsApp Has partnered with more than 150 national, state and local governments since the start of the pandemic, and with organizations such as WHO and UNICEF on Covid-19 helplines.

More than 3 billion messages were sent through these global helplines in the past year, the company also said Tuesday.

“As the pandemic enters a new phase in many countries, governments are using these helplines to privately connect citizens with accurate vaccine information and registration in countries such as Indonesia, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil and India,” WhatsApp said.

‘In Indonesia, 500,000 medical workers signed up for their vaccination appointments with this service in the first five days.

“We want to help governments and international organizations connect as many people around the world as possible with vaccine information and services, especially those in hard-to-reach places or in marginalized groups.”

THE HISTORY OF WHATSAPP

In 1996, Brian Acton was the 44th employee hired by Yahoo as an infrastructure engineer.

He spent the next nine years at Yahoo, losing millions in the dot-com bubble in 2000.

According to his Twitter, he was turned down from a job at Facebook in 2009 and also spent a year traveling.

In the same year, he bought an iPhone and decided that the App Store – which had only existed for seven months at the time – would expand rapidly.

He and his colleague from Yahoo, Jan Koum, decided they wanted to create something.

Koum reportedly came up with the name WhatsApp because it sounded like ‘how are you?’

WhatsApp was created by Koum and Acton in 2009 and initially cost $ 0.99 per year to subscribe.

Just a week after he decided he wanted to make the app, he picked up WhatsApp in California.

The founders of WhatsApp made their position on advertising clear in 2012.

“Remember, if there is advertising involved, you the user are the product,” they said.

Advertising is not only the disruption of aesthetics, the insult to your intelligence and the interruption of your train of thought.

“When we sat down for ourselves three years ago, we wanted to create something that wasn’t just any ad-sharing house.”

WhatsApp, which was acquired by Facebook in 2014 for $ 19 billion (£ 11.4 billion) – the largest deal in Facebook’s history.

WhatsApp’s $ 0.99 to join was dropped after the acquisition in 2016, and Facebook has been looking for ways to monetize it ever since.

After the acquisition in 2014, Koum reiterated its promise that WhatsApp would never introduce ads: ‘You can count on no ad to disrupt your communication.

“There would have been no partnership between our two companies if we had to compromise on the core principles that will always define our business, vision and product.”

Koum and Acton then changed WhatsApp’s terms of service to explicitly ban ads on the platform in 2016 – suggesting that the monetization issue was triggered pretty soon after the Facebook takeover.

However, Acton left the company in 2017 and Koum in 2018 after arguing over ads and user data.

“I ended up selling my business,” Acton later told Forbes. ‘I’ve sold my users’ privacy to a greater advantage. I made a choice and made a compromise. I live with that every day. ‘

Now WhatsApp is one of the largest mobile messaging apps with 2 billion users worldwide.

Acton is now believed to be worth $ 5.5 billion (£ 3.9 billion) and works at Signal Foundation, which he founded in 2018.

The goal of the nonprofit is “to develop open source privacy technology that protects free speech and enables secure global communications.”

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