The New Messaging App, Telegram, is gaining more popularity than WhatsApp
Wednesday 11 December 2013

The New Messaging App, Telegram, is gaining more popularity than WhatsApp

Telegram, a messaging service similar to WhatsApp that was launched on 14 August 2013, saw approximately 5 million people signing up in just one day, making it one of the most downloaded apps.

With the news of Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp, all eyes are turning to alternate messaging apps. With its clean user interface and variety of features, it’s no surprise that Telegram is getting a lot of attention. Unlike other chat clients, Telegram is cloud-based, which means you can seamlessly move your conversations between your smartphone, tablet and even your desktop, thanks to independent developers.

Here are all the features you get with Telegram
  • Free – Telegram is free forever. No ads. No subscription fees.
  • Fast –Telegram delivers messages faster than any other applications
  • Secure –Telegram keeps your messages safe from hackers
  • Private – Telegram messages are heavily encrypted and can self-destruct
  • Powerful – Telegram has no limits on the size of media or chats
  • Cloud-based –Telegram lets you access your messages from multiple devices
  • Distributed – Telegram servers are spread worldwide for security and speed
  • Open-source – Telegram has an open API and protocol free for everyone
  • Cross-platform – Telegram is available in smartphones, tablet and even your desktop

You’re also able to share more than just pictures and videos — Telegram lets you transfer documents or send your current location to a friend with the click of a button. Best of all, there are no ads and it’s completely free, and moreover it’s open source.

Telegram Official Website : www.telegram.org
Telegram Official Facebook Page : www.facebook.com/telegrampage

Users have the option to start a new “Secret Chat,” a special type of conversation in which all devices involved exchange encryption keys. It’s meant to fend off anyone attempting to eavesdrop on a chat (it stops man-in-the-middle attacks). The main difference between Secret Chats and regular Telegram chats are that Secret Chats are not saved to the cloud. A secret chat uses end-to-end encryption, meaning nobody but the sender and recipient can read the messages - not even the Telegram staff. Secret chat messages can't be forwarded to others outside of the conversation, and no trace is left on their servers.

The security doesn’t stop there. For each chat, you can set a self-destructing time limit (à la Snapchat) to ensure that your communication — whether it be a sext, a shady business deal or some intensely confidential gossip about your boss — disappears within a few seconds, a few minutes, an hour, a day or a week.

The app was built by the Durov brothers, the men behind VKontakte, (aka VK), the Facebook of Russia. “The No. 1 reason for me to support and help launch Telegram was to build a means of communication that can’t be accessed by the Russian security agencies,” Pavel Durov told in a press meet. The two even have a $200,000 bounty out for anyone who can crack the app’s security measures. So far, no one has.

The importance that the Durov brothers are placing on security has resonated in other countries as well. As The Verge reports, the app began an upward climb in popularity earlier this month (even before the WhatsApp news was announced) and had been No. 1 in Spanish, Arabic and several Latin American app stores for several weeks prior. When WhatsApp went down for a few hours over the weekend, close to 5 million people joined Telegram, which is now the top free app in 63 countries. In the U.S. it’s holding the throne in the Social Networking category, looking down at well-established services like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Facebook and Kik.