why telegram?

This is how Telegram describes its platform on its website –

“Telegram is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security, it’s super-fast, simple and free. You can use Telegram on all your devices at the same time — your messages sync seamlessly across any number of your phones, tablets or computers.

With Telegram, you can send messages, photos, videos and files of any type (doc, zip, mp3, etc), as well as create groups for up to 200,000 people or channels for broadcasting to unlimited audiences. You can write to your phone contacts and find people by their usernames. As a result, Telegram is like SMS and email combined — and can take care of all your personal or business messaging needs. In addition to this, we support end-to-end encrypted voice calls.”

The reason I love it is because :

a) it’s not owned by Facebook, or Google,
b) it’s focused on encryption + security + not selling data to governments,
c) it’s kind of like email without crowding your inbox, and
d) it’s kind of like social media without the newsfeed.

A telegram group is like any messaging platform. All people who join a group or are added to one can message each other. And the messaging has even more options than WhatsApp. They can be public or private.

A telegram channel is a one-way messaging platform, like an email subscription. When you join my channel, you only see updates from me. No comments, no likes, no responses. And you get to choose to have notifications turned on or not.

And the only way to get to my channel is by clicking on my channel. No complex newsfeed or email inbox where important messages get lost. Oh and did I mention that Telegram has folders?

It’s simple, it’s organized, and it has boundaries. My kind of app. 😉

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