Sending You a Telegram
Telegram is a new messenger built by Pavel and Nikolai Durov. They previously founded vk.com, Europe's second largest social network after Facebook (especially popular in Russia).
A Few Reasons Why It's Great
- Unlike most other messaging apps their clients (Android, iOS) source code and the underlying protocols are released with an open source license (GPL v2)
- The founders note that they have no intention of making money with Telegram If they ever run out of money they want to finance it with donations and non-essential goodies.
- There is an API that allows anyone to hook into Telegram and build clients, bots and additional tools.
- The open API has led to the creation of Mac, Windows and various other clients (eg. commandline) that allow you to use Telegram on multiple devices (with proper syncing).
- Groups can hold up to 200 users (compared to WhatsApp that allows you to create 50 groups à 50 participants max.)
- All communication in Telegram is encrypted and there is even an option to create “secret chats” that: won’t be stored on Telegram’s servers, can’t be fowarded and will delete themself after some time.
Send me a message how you like it:
(It’s easy: just tap the number on your phone, save me as contact and I’ll appear in your Telegram contacts.)
Edit: Although it's not a completely decentralized service (as communication services should eventually be in the future) it seems to be a big step in the right direction.