- WhatsApp's Chrome browser extension, announced on its blog yesterday, allows users to sync their phone with the web client simply by scanning a QR code.
The BBC is just one of many news outlets experimenting with WhatsApp as a way to gather news and disseminate reports, as covered by Journalism.co.uk.
- The Oxford Mail also recently announce that its own WhatsApp service, which provides a morning news bulletin, had gained 1,200 users just six months after its launch.
- This morning on Twitter, BBC apps editor Trushar Barot shared some of his first thoughts on WhatsApp's web service.
- The inability to create or edit WhatsApp groups or lists via the web may pose an issue for journalists, as this is a key way for broadcasting information.
- However, Barot did note some plus points...
- By the sounds of it, WhatsApp's web service will serve as a good addition to its app but won't be able to function without it – yet.
- However, according to Barot WhatsApp still has one up over other chat apps the BBC has used.
- We'll be updating this Storify with more tips from Barot as they are posted.
- Meanwhile, you can listen to a Journalism.co.uk podcast featuring Barot, plus Buzzfeed's UK editor Luke Lewis on how newsrooms are using WhatsApp to engage audiences and report news.