Telegram is a free cross-platform (Windows, MacOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Web) messaging application that allows to be connected on multiple devices at the same time. From their own words, the application is build “with a focus on speed and security”. I have been using it for some time now, and I love it.
It is worth noting that Telegram is not just any kid on the block as it was built by the guys behind the “Russian Facebook”. Their vision for Telegram is however quite different than Facebook’s and Whatsapp’s and their focus on privacy is refreshing.
While Telegram popularity is growing, it is however not yet at the same level as their counterpart. Searching for “Whatsapp alternative” on Google, brings a lot of articles but most of them are talking of yet other applications. There is therefore still quite a lot to do but I seriously hope that their progress won’t stop any time soon.
I will conclude by listing a couple of features that truly differentiate them from many (if not all) other messaging applications:
- Truly cross-platform: this allows you to communicate with people that might not have a smart phone but only a computer
- No size limit for files shared (well 1.5 GB actually but that is plenty more than what I’ve seen elsewhere)
- Possibility to install on different devices and synchronize conversations with them all (install it on your tablet, phone, computer and simply reply to messages from whatever you are using)
- Privacy concerns and security
I encourage you to give it a try and spread the word.