New Social Features Now in Beta in the Blizzard Battle.net Desktop App
It took a little over five years, but Soon™ has finally arrived for Appear Offline! Join the MMO-Champion group by entering the code "N4O3FKWM" on the social tab.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Introducing new social features now available in the beta version of the Blizzard Battle.net® desktop app: the new Social tab, Blizzard Groups, profiles, avatars, and the ability to appear offline! To help get these into as many players’ hands as possible, starting today the beta version of the app is open to you and your friends—no invitation required.

To switch to the beta version of the Blizzard Battle.net app, simply open your app settings, click on the Beta tab, and then click Switch to Beta Version.

These features are designed to give Blizzard players even more ways to stay connected, and we’re looking forward to continuing to evolve the app and build even more ways for you to stay in touch and join forces for your next adventure.

Social Tab
Our new Social tab is your one-stop-shop for managing all your various social interactions. Whether you’re chatting with a friend or engaged in our new Blizzard Groups, you’ll easily be able to pick up where you left off in all of your conversations.

Blizzard Groups
Blizzard Groups are a new way for you to connect with your friends and plan your next mission. Players can create and join Groups based on their common interests. There, they can keep in touch, share strategies, and catch up on conversations they might have missed while offline.

Each Group can have multiple text and voice chat channels, and Group administrators have a variety of tools to help manage membership, send out invitation links, and more.

The Groups beta is available now in the Americas region. Head to the new Social tab to get the party started!


Profiles
Let the Blizzard world know a little bit more about you by customizing your profile!

Your profile will allow you to select an avatar, share what’s on your mind with an About message, add links to where people can find you on social media, and more! You can also view profiles of other players if you’re curious about a pending friend request or what games a friend plays.

Players using the beta in the Americas region can customize their profile through the View Profile button in the app header and Friends List drop-downs.


Appear Offline
Appear offline allows you to set your status to show you as “offline” to your Blizzard friends while remaining connected to Battle.net. This means you can launch the app and game away without distraction.

Appearing offline will show you as offline to everyone in your Blizzard friends list. Once you have joined a game, the experience of appearing offline might be slightly different depending on which game you are playing. In the case of World of Warcraft, your guildmates will see your character come online and enter WoW’s in-game chat channels, and anyone who has you as a character-level friend will see you online on their friends list. Everyone outside of the same game as you will not see you online or playing any games.

Do you see a friend who’s offline but you really want to send them a message while it’s on your mind? You can now send offline friends messages and they will receive them the next time they come online! While appearing offline you can still send and receive messages in the app, but it is up to you when you want to respond.

We know a lot of you have been looking forward to big updates like this, and we’re excited to roll them out and get your feedback. Thanks for helping us out!
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  1. Onikaroshi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Jabberwock View Post
    Then why does it fucking matter either way? It's exactly the same no matter which they do, Einstein.

    Jesus Christ. Do you have any critical thinking skills at all? Seriously, even at an amateur level? Because it sure as fuck isn't showing.
    Yes it does matter, if they're going to slight 19 other people because they don't feel like doing something Blizzard doesn't need to be giving them the means to hide from the guild.

    And who shit in your cheerios this morning, you're the only one even slightly angry here, I honestly don't care, just pointing out counter arguments.

    Here's another couple:

    1.) Harder to report botters if you have to physically see the, reported a couple of people who were online in guild 24/7, obviously botting. (They ended up on "vacation")

    2.) Couple of times people have caught other peoples accounts being hacked through friends lists/guilds lists, and notified that person long before they would have found out themselves.

    bnet friends list is one thing, in game is another
  1. The Jabberwock's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Onikaroshi View Post
    Yes it does matter
    No, it doesn't fucking matter. If you're going to kick someone for saying they don't feel like raiding on a given night (or just don't show up), it doesn't matter one fucking bit if they say it then log off, never show up, or log in and go invisible. It's all the same thing in your idiotic scenario.

    Again: Do you have any ability to actually think critically? Not that an answer is actually required when the proof is in the pudding of your last few replies.
    1.) Harder to report botters if you have to physically see the, reported a couple of people who were online in guild 24/7, obviously botting. (They ended up on "vacation")
    BZZT, you can report people just fine. They're not physically invisible, you nonce.

    2.) Couple of times people have caught other peoples accounts being hacked through friends lists/guilds lists, and notified that person long before they would have found out themselves.
    Oh no, not a "couple of times!" Let's blow away anything that might help that! Blizzard should be posting IP numbers, phone numbers, mailing addresses, and everything else they can just to make sure someone can't do that, and should they do that, you can contact them immediately in this once-in-a-blue-moon scenario that shouldn't be occurring at all anymore unless someone idiotically doesn't have a key! HERP A DERP! U R GEENUS 4 SHORE!!! THIS IS A 4SRS THREAT FOR REALSIES Y'ALL!!!

    bnet friends list is one thing, in game is another
    No. It really fucking isn't. Or does your idiocy on the subject extend to this logic: "Oh, if they're around on Battle.Net but not in the game, it's cool if they blow our guild event off even though they're clearly online. BUT GOD FUCKING HELP THEM if they log into the game itself!!! HOLY SHIT, they are SO out if they do that!!! So what if they can't raid for any of dozens of different reasons, but have some spare time to fool around online for a bit? That doesn't matter! IF THEY LOG IN, THEY'RE DEAD TO ME! BECAUSE THAT'S HOW A GOOD GUILD WORKS!"

    That whole line of thought is just so fucking stupid it defies description.
  1. Tokas's Avatar
    in beta, but no social tab, y tho
  1. Darkynhalvos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fummockelchen View Post
    but thats wasnt a MMO....
    Neither is Battle.net client, which is exactly where folks asking for appear offline wanted it.

    With this mode the WoW game's friends lists are exactly where they were at before Battle.net was a thing. Was anyone crying "antisocial!" back then?
  1. Zoneseek's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Onikaroshi View Post
    Makes more sense in a solo based, pvp oriented oldschool mmo then it does in a group based, pve oriented semi-modern mmo. Sure you could appear offline doing solo quests and shit, wouldn't work once you hit that queue button though.
    Wow is the most "solo friendly" mmo I can think of, I can do whatever I want in that game, including things that require groups, within a couple of clicks. I don't see any reason to have to broadcast my status to a bunch of people playing overwatch...
  1. Sariengrey's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Onikaroshi View Post
    I don't really hate the feature, it's useless to me, I think a lot of us are just wondering why people keep people on their friends list that they feel the need to hide from.
    just like RL, I have a lot of awesome friends, that doesn't mean I should be available to them 24 hours a day. Or in the online world, every second I'm online. Sometimes a person wants some alone time,which is perfectly normal. And even though Wow is an mmo...I shouldn't be able to play it for a bit alone and truly unable to be disturbed? because its an mmo? wanting alone time means I have to play a single player game? why so? where is this law? People should have options, if the feature isn't for you then don't use it and let the ones who may do, no explanations really needed. It's sort of like the flying debate.
  1. Ziragosa's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fabulicious View Post
    Well I tested it with a realID friend who can't see me online while we are both in WoW on both different realms and guilds and can see me in quick join.
    I expected guild, and I expected friends on the same server, and with how quick join works, I was worried quick join would basically nullify that invisibility, and it does.

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