One useful feature that I really need from WhatsApp (and BBM too)

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A mini uproar seems to have broken out since WhatsApp’s introduction of BBM-styled “read message” marks. It has all been amusing to me. I really have more serious issues to deal with. Like unsolicited broadcast messages.

I have a few contacts who regularly send me broadcasts daily, though I have no need of them. But you know how life is hardly ever black or white. Some would ask me to just block those contacts. It isn’t that straightforward. I want (maybe even need) to keep the contacts, but I would love the option not to receive their broadcasts. At first, it was just one broadcast message a day from each of them. I wrapped my head around living with that.

In the last few days, however, I observe that each of those contacts now send up to three broadcasts per day. I am not sure what has emboldened them to do this, but hey… What I really want from WhatsApp 9and BBM too) is an option to block broadcasts from individual contacts. It would be nice to have another option to block ALL broadcasts from all contacts as well. Is this so hard to do? It is my life. Give me the options to determine who or what bugs me.

This would be a really, really useful feature, compared to “read message” check marks. Please.

PS: By the way, I love the “read” check marks. It is one of the things that I love about BBM. What’s the uproar about? People don’t want their contacts to know when they’ve read their WhatsApp messages? Duh.