Netizens React To Automated Replies On WhatsApp Business Accounts: "So Annoying"

Netizens React To Automated Replies On WhatsApp Business Accounts: "So Annoying"

  • Kenyan consumers provide feedback on automated replies indicating dissatisfaction with automated replies on WhatsApp business accounts.
  • Joy Tich sparked the conversation on Twitter by soliciting opinions on automated replies after a client complained about their irritation.
  • Some users acknowledged the potential benefits of automated messages if response times are fast and messages are well-curated, while many said they prefer a more human touch.

A recent wave of feedback from Kenyan consumers suggests that not all innovations are warmly received, particularly automated replies on WhatsApp Business accounts.

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Automated replies on WhatsApp business accounts are pre-programmed messages designed to be sent automatically in response to customers' messages.

These messages can be set up to respond to various scenarios, such as greeting a customer, providing essential information, or acknowledging a received message.

Business owner seeks opinions on automated replies

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The conversation around automated customer replies was ignited by @joy_tich, a business owner who took to Twitter to solicit views.

"A client requested I remove automation messages on my business WhatsApp, apparently it irritates. First time someone gave me feedback on that. Do you guys find automation messages irritating? Honest opinion," @joy_tich asked.

How netizens responded

In response, X users expressed frustration at the misleading nature of automated replies, which often give the impression of real-time interaction when, in reality, responses may be delayed.


"Extremely irritating, gives a false impression on real time interaction. So annoying."

@Kevlan_ said:

"Very irritating. You are giving me the notion you have responded and in the real sense, you'll take ages to respond. Doesn't satisfy the urgency per see."

@wes_kibet said:

"Automated messages only work if your reply time is fast. It also works if you've curated your message well, most businesses use generic suggestions that can irritate."

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@riffrufff said:

"Yeah. It gives a false impression that you've responded and I'll be attended to. Then I go ahead to explain my query which maybe will never be attended to."

@kharnkoinange said:

"Only if you're prompt... Also, the message automated after the first hi (salutation) , and you're still drafting your enquiry. Now you have a conversation that looks mathogothanio."

@kamuyu_david said:

"It feels like the 'no reply' auto email one gets after applying for a job you'll prolly never get."


"I've heard the same from clients. It's generic and most just prefer a person feel. There are not many alternatives to it though."

@ArapMandagoo said:

"I hate it too, I think you should listen to your clients they're right."

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The decision will be made in October and will affect selected phone users worldwide.

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