So that’s how I professed my love to one guy…
This was about four years ago. I wrote an epistle of how much I had fallen so hard for him. I wrote about the butterflies in my stomach, how speechless I went every time he was around me and all those other mushy stuff you young people write to your crush. *eyes rolling* I remember the ‘love letter’ was very long cos I spent about a week composing it. Alainise se…instead of me to jejely be reading my book, I was chasing man upandan. Sha sha I sent the ‘love letter’ to my crush on whatsapp and I felt so on top of the world cos in my mind, I had conquered my fear of ‘outting’ my love.
I waited a bit for my crush to reply my message. I was expecting some mad description of how much I meant to him; so you can imagine how I jumped when I heard a notification sound from my phone…mscheww…MTN! In this critical moment???
Then another notification sound…my mum. Why would my mum be messaging me by 1:23am?
The message went thus, “so this is what you’re doing in school abi? Sending nonsense love messages to boys. No wonder every morning, your ‘last seen’ time will be saying 3am. I really thought you were always busy with your studies. So this is what you use your time to do abi. Ma worry, o ma wa ba mi nle.”
For those that have Yoruba mums, I’m sure you understand that last line. Immediately, all the love I felt for that guy cleared from my head. All the butterflies in my stomach just mysteriously flew away. That’s how deep it got.
Fast forward to present day…
Whatsapp is saying it might soon be introducing a feature that enables users to retrieve or ‘unsend’ or delete a message when it has already been sent. When I heard this, I went back to the time when the story above happened and then I asked, “biko, where was this feature when I sent that message to my mum?”
This feature will give you a 5min grace period to take back your messages; meaning you’ll be able to delete your message within five minutes after hitting send. This feature will also work for pictures, GIFs and videos. We don’t know when exactly this feature is coming but according to WEBetaInfo, a site that tests new Whatsapp features early, this new feature may be introduced in the next Whatsapp update.
It’s a new dawn for people like us that have sent messages to the wrong people, but for now, we can like to be careful when sending messages. 😎