January 17, 2023 - On January 22, people around the world will celebrate Lunar New Year, ushering in the Year of the Rabbit. We spoke with Caca Yau, Feng Shui expert and TV regular in Hong Kong, on how you can be at your best in WhatsApp chats based on your zodiac this year.
Here are some of the tips and tricks
People born in the Year of the Rat may find themselves in disputes and conflicts this year, so you should stay calm and take your time before replying to messages. Consider hiding your online status and turning off read receipts to prevent others from misinterpreting your slow replies as being unresponsive.
On the flipside, your luck in love is on the rise. Try using a variety of ways to fully express yourself, like sending a voice note or using reactions and stickers so your loved ones can bask in your affection and engaging conversations.
The new year will usher in a period of tranquility for Oxes - even your failures will be small this year. It’s a great time to start something new and take action on an idea that you’ve had at the back of your head. If you have a cause to support or an interest to pursue, Communities is a great way to organize multiple chat groups, unlocking the power of your network to get things done together.
Without any lucky (or unlucky) stars, the Ox might need to be more self-sufficient this year. You can try sending yourself messages as reminders or to keep track of notes and ideas. Pin this chat at the top of your chat list so you can access it as frequently as you need.
After quite an unpleasant year, Tigers will find themselves finally free from all obstacles! Blessed by the Sun, you will find prosperity at work with renewed support from those in more senior positions. Increase productivity through easily activated voice or video calls with up to 32 of your teammates. You can even share a WhatsApp call link for people to easily join the discussion.
Your love life should also be thriving this year. Set up a custom ringtone for your special someone on WhatsApp so you’ll know when they call.
Rabbits could face a challenging year ahead with some setbacks. You may not make the best decisions for yourself, but your close circle of trusted friends and family could help you get through tricky situations. The Poll feature could be useful in seeking their opinions before making major decisions.
Despite some challenges, there will be opportunities for you to leverage an entrepreneurial streak to start your own business. Check out the WhatsApp Business App which is feature-packed for small businesses with tools like catalog and automated replies.
Things could get rocky for Dragons who should try and prepare to manage a few misadventures this year. Consider activating additional privacy and security features on WhatsApp such as two-step verification and don’t hesitate to report suspicious messages if you receive any. For even more privacy, you can also activate disappearing messages and view once for text and media messages.
Your love life might also not go as smooth this year, with chances that your intentions may be misunderstood. Before sending any voice notes, you can review a draft or pause recording if you need to gather your thoughts before sending it off. Any unintended messages can also be deleted for everyone if necessary.
After all the ups and downs in the past year, fortune will favour Snakes in the new year and bring exciting travel and adventures. Share your experiences with contacts through Status updates and ping over your live location if they’re keen to see where you are on the map.
While you’re out and about, remember to pay attention to the health of your loved ones, especially older family members. Be in touch through voice and video calls so you don’t miss major moments and can stay close even if you’re miles away.
It’s a good year for Horses to build relationships, especially with people who you’re meeting for the first time. Romance is high on the charts but those who are in existing relationships should try and avoid misunderstandings with your partner. You might even want to block unwanted contacts if they try too hard to get your attention.
You will be very popular this year, but if it ever gets too much for you, remember that you can exit group chats silently and change your settings to restrict others from adding you to groups without your permission.
Goats are blessed with good fortune this year and the opportunity to grow their wealth through the support of benefactors. The stars of luck and wealth are shining brightly on your side! However, other stars suggest the possibility of injury, so be careful and share your live location with loved ones if you sense any danger and are in need of help.
Single Goats are also in luck to find love this year, but avoid awkward situations when confessing your feelings. Goats in relationships could get into conflicts with your partner this year, try using various formats in your messages to help you express yourself more accurately.
Congratulations, Monkeys! This year you will be blessed with prosperity though support from family and colleagues, leading to a very successful year. Maintain good relationships with your relatives, friends and elders by actively participating in groups you are part of (done easily through Reactions) to receive unexpected gains.
Monkeys will also have a relatively stable year health-wise but excessive social events may wear you out. Prioritise your time wisely and remember you always have the option to mute selected group chats if you need some down time.
Roosters should stay lowkey this year with obstacles working against plans you might have made. Stay optimistic and remember you can message yourself to keep your ideas for a better time, even if they don’t work out now. Keep conversations light by using Reactions to respond to messages and share happy moments of your day through photos and videos to stay in good spirits.
Flex that creative energy that you will have in spades by creating your own Avatar on WhatsApp, you can use it for your profile photo and create stickers to use in chats.
Your close network of friends and colleagues will bring great and new opportunities for your career this year. More broadly, you will also excel in all types of relationships with your amazing interpersonal skills. Stay connected through WhatsApp on multiple linked devices so you don’t miss a beat!
While things are looking up, Dogs may also experience some unexpected losses. WhatsApp protects all your conversations with end-to-end encryption, but be extra careful to avoid scammers. Make sure to enable two-step verification, and remember you can always block and report suspicious or unwanted messages.
It is your time to shine! If you are managing groups or teams at work, this is your chance to grow and exercise your leadership skills. Galvanize your teams by using Communities where you can bring groups with common goals together, seek opinions using Polls and even exercise your right as an Admin to maintain the peace by deleting problematic messages.
You will also have many opportunities to travel for work and play. Remember that WhatsApp only requires data to work and you can stay connected wherever you are through text, voice and video calls. You can even share your adventures on-the-go by updating your Status with snippets from your trip.