Wattpad is a very well-known website and app. It has been made mainly for writers to publish new user-generated stories. It is available in around 50 languages and 77% of the content is written in English. The popularity of Wattpad has increased among many people and they have used the platform to craft their own fan fiction. Teen readers are the top priority of Wattpad and offers a twist to the platform by crafting a spot for fan fiction alongside the other genres. Fan fiction is known as the third-largest category on Wattpad behind Romance and Teen Fictions and most of them are also fanfictions.
The platform also hosts a large number of writing contests every year and also includes the annual Watty Awards and it is the largest writing competition in the world. In 2011, the Watty Awards also introduced three entry levels for giving better chances of winning for every type of writer. The contests are open to those who have a Wattpad account. The platform has also formed ties with publishing houses and help Wattpad authors to get compensation for their works. A new branch called Wattpad Studios was created to connect popular writers to publishing as well as film industries.
Despite being such a popular platform, Wattpad also faces some internal issues because of which it has been criticized by many users. One major issue has been recently reported where users said that the search filters are not working. A user complained that he has been trying to search the recent stories that get updated every week but the filters have been of no use as they are not working. He further added that only the filter of ‘completed stories’ is only working and if he selects this filter, the other search filters don’t work at all. A few other users have complained that on their side, when they put a filter, nothing is shown in results and this is happening even when they have not logged in to their Wattpad account. Well, if you are experiencing something like this on Wattpad, you can follow these steps to try and fix the issue by yourself –
- Remove the app, reinstall it and check if the problem still exists.
- Quit the app and then switch off and restart your phone.
- Clear the data of the app in your phone settings.
- If you are using a web browser, clear the cache and cookies of the browser.
- Contact the customer care of Wattpad by going to the Help Center.