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Anyone over the age of 30 knows ICQ, the messaging software that allowed us to choose strange nicknames and made us spend hours in front of the screen correspondence with friends. And now, nearly 20 years later, WhatsApp is testing a similar feature, allowing us to choose a nickname on the platform instead of ours, according to a report on the blog WABetaInfo, which tracks developments and innovations in the popular messaging app.
In beta version 220.127.116.11 of WhatsApp for Android OS, a news option has been added in "About" - WhatsApp username, where you can choose a nickname in addition to the full name. Recall that a similar option already exists among competitors, such as Telegram, which even has the option to hide the phone number and search for people using only their nickname and nickname.
It's unclear whether WhatsApp will allow hiding the phone number as an extra layer of protection for app users, but many on social media were filled with nostalgia – and remembered ICQ, the basis of all today's IM, including WhatsApp and Telegram, which allowed us to choose a unique nickname instead of our own.
Like every feature in development, as of this writing it is unclear when the new feature will be released to all users.
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