Just because a function is very efficient doesn’t mean that using it is also efficient. WhatsApp knows a lot about this, seeing how its groups have been robbed by unscrupulous and disrespectful users, to the point that they have had to take measures in the form of new functionality. Well, this “rescue group” has also come to put some order in regards to the use of voice.
There is nothing more difficult than finding yourself in line at the grocery store and receiving a voice memo, with advance notice that it is longer than two minutes. They are real letters with all their drama, unexpected turns and deep sighs, everything, to confirm the time and place of a predetermined date. With nearly 7,000 million votes sent daily across the platform, abuse of this functionality was, after groups, the second black beast to rank in, and WhatsApp did.
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In the case of sounds – those that are generated after pressing the microphone at the bottom – the company was not able to take as strict measures as in the case of combos, so it chose the left hand and protocol. With a guide distributed in a press release, the company chose to create a series of tips for using the hand, specifically from an expert in the protocol.
Meta called Joe Bryant, an expert in professional etiquette, to give common-sense solvency with some of his intended advice, and we don’t know how successful he is in curbing those who abuse the function. What are the basic etiquette rules in WhatsApp audios?
Don’t give sermons
Don’t send a podcast length audio is Bryant’s first and most important recommendation. Although there is no written rule about what to do and what not to do in a job open to the user, in some contexts (in a business meeting, in a noisy bar or in a supermarket queue), it’s not easy to manage 3 minute messages. This expert determines the exact duration of the audio recordings, and puts them in “a minute or two”; Once you beat the Rubicon, the message becomes uncomfortable for the recipient. The key to knowing if a message should be a voice message, according to Bryant, is the length of what you want to convey: “If the writing is too long, but too short for a call, you’ll find the right place for voice messages.” In any case, you can always use the audio acceleration function to shorten the duration of messages.
For the receiver: Be careful with the operating volume
WhatsApp voice is still a private communication (in fact, it is end-to-end encrypted like the rest of the messages). Knowing this, it does not seem like a good idea to play them at full sizes when we are surrounded by strangers, as there may be private or sensitive content that the sender assumes to be private. The protocol expert recommends reducing the volume to a minimum when playing a message or, better yet, using headphones when using crowded places like trains or subways.
Go to the point and with specific questions
Communication barriers don’t avoid voice messages either. Who hasn’t received one of these two or three minute letters that address different topics with different questions? If this happens, the recipient is forced to answer the various questions, trying to remember them all, or worse yet, playing the message a few times. From WhatsApp it is recommended to reduce the number of questions asked with the same voice.
If a voice is received, it is better to respond with another voice
It is perhaps the most protocol recommendation of Bryant that not everyone will agree with. This expert suggests that a voice message should be returned with another recording to prevent the connection from becoming “one-sided talk”. It is a more difficult tip to comply with because the conditions of the sender and receiver do not have to be the same (one can be at home and the other in the cinema). Bryant seems to want to avoid “ok” or “okay” in response to vocal details and emotional conflicts that might arise.
Be efficient and take advantage of the free talk function
It is not necessary to stop everything you are doing to send a voice note: with the hands-free function (using the mobile phone speaker), you can record a message and send it later. In fact, the platform has long allowed recording, review, and then audio transmission to avoid failed recordings. In the worst case scenario, a wrong shipment can almost always be deleted, possibly without the recipient hearing it.
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