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    New Social Features Now in Beta in the Blizzard Battle.net Desktop App

    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! Appear Offline is being tested now.
    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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    It looks like they have rolled out the Beta option in the Bnet app to more people - or everyone. It just popped up for me.

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    YAAAAS !

    The Groups beta is available now in the Americas region. Head to the new Social tab to get the party started!
    Hum...well, thanks Blizzard ?

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    Mind if I roll need? xskarma's Avatar
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    Americas only at the moment. I have beta enabled but no social tab on my client.

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    NICE! Finally. Appear offline will really improve my gaming experience

    I don't care too much about the other features TBH.

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    Boooo, not in EU yet. At least we have Appear Offline to console ourselves!
    Moderator of Heroes of the Storm, come say hi!

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    Quote Originally Posted by xskarma View Post
    Americas only at the moment. I have beta enabled but no social tab on my client.
    The appear offline feature is currently working in EU though
    Quote Originally Posted by Potboza View Post
    I created a black human male called "Pedopriest" and ran him to SW.
    I started asking where the schools were.
    Someone said "My kids play on this server you creep! How can you live with yourself?"
    I whispered back, "How old are they?"
    Yeah.

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    I'm waiting for this to turn into an April Fools' joke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by In Ogres We Trust View Post
    I'm waiting for this to turn into an April Fools' joke.
    Why? Appear offline & groups are long needed features and it looks like we're finally getting them.

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    I don't have it yet, I'm from Ontario.

    EDIT: NEVERMIND! RE-OPENED AND RELOGGED!
    Last edited by The-Shan; 2017-10-05 at 09:58 PM.

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    Nice blue discord you have there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sentynel View Post
    Why? Appear offline & groups are long needed features and it looks like we're finally getting them.
    Because of the time frame...

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    Finally! Thank god for that!

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    Yay! Can't wait to make some friends, so i can appear offline to someone!

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    This looks suspiciously a lot like discord. I mean, it looks almost copy-pasted. Are we sure it isnt a discord-plugin for the battle.net-launcher?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cerilis View Post
    This looks suspiciously a lot like discord. I mean, it looks almost copy-pasted. Are we sure it isnt a discord-plugin for the battle.net-launcher?
    Are you new to Blizzard? Blizzard = Copy/paste things and make them polished. Blizzard is actually good because they polish things very good.. not for new ideas and creativity
    The trick of selling a FFA-PvP MMO is creating the illusion among gankers that they are respectable fighters while protecting them from respectable fights, as their less skilled half would be massacred and quit instead of “HTFU” as they claim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by papajohn4 View Post
    Are you new to Blizzard? Blizzard = Copy/paste things and make them polished. Blizzard is actually good because they polish things very good.. not for new ideas and creativity
    You know what they say...

    "Good artists copy, great artists steal".

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    Quote Originally Posted by effs View Post
    You know what they say...

    "Good artists copy, great artists steal".
    haha true! :P
    The trick of selling a FFA-PvP MMO is creating the illusion among gankers that they are respectable fighters while protecting them from respectable fights, as their less skilled half would be massacred and quit instead of “HTFU” as they claim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by papajohn4 View Post
    Are you new to Blizzard? Blizzard = Copy/paste things and make them polished. Blizzard is actually good because they polish things very good.. not for new ideas and creativity
    Wait, is Discord a new idea? a messaging/chat room app? lol.....

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    Better late than never with the Appear Offline option...

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