WhatsApp is a great tool for easy and quick communication with individuals and groups. But this tool is turning out to be a 'nuisance' for many. Any WhatsApp member can add another member to a group without consent. When people add the names of their acquaintances to a group or overload with WhatsApp messages, the receiver could get vexed over it.
There are instances when over-enthusiastic senders frequently transmit large files of audio and video messages to a multitude of people, without thinking whether such messages were of any interest or worth to the receivers. Huge video files are sent without a brief about the contents of the video. If the receiver has not suitably configured the WhatsApp settings, these videos would get downloaded automatically onto the mobile phone. The receiver thus unwittingly pays for the bandwidth used for downloading these videos.
WhatsApp users should realise and be conscious of WhatsApp etiquette. The senders should exercise the basic courtesy of sending only those messages that would be relevant to the intended receiver. In the case of large video or audio files, the sender could upload the file on YouTube and share the YouTube link. WhatsApp users should understand that when they send large video and audio files to others, the receiver would have to pay for the bandwidth used for downloading the message that he might not be interested in. The receiver might not express dissent because of cordial relations existing with the sender. It is therefore important that WhatsApp users are sensitised about this, and exercise caution and care when sending unwanted and irrelevant messages to others.
By K. Srinivasan, Editor in Chief, PreSense