- It is cross-platform. It operates on iOS, Android, Windows, OS X, Chrome, as a web app, and even in beta for Windows Phone. It’s everywhere. Most messaging apps, encrypted or not, can make that claim.
- It’s open. It’s really, really open. Not just open source–though it is that now–but the platform itself is open, which allows for what we’re about to talk about in this post. You can create “bots”, some have made Bitcoin wallets and services within it, games, etc., it’s amazing how much you can do with this easy to use messaging platform.
- It is owned and operated by anarchist Pavel Durov, who has done very well for himself monetarily, has made it clear that the core services of Telegram will always come at no charge, and they will not be beholden to advertisers. Ever. Following the attitude of a company is key, and Pavel Durov’s attitude is right on.
Now, all of that said. This wonderful open platform that Telegram is has started adding on a lot of features, and the latest one is the addition of “Channels.“ These function much like an RSS feed or a “one-way” Twitter feed. You can follow the Channel, but you can’t interact with it, only the Channel operator (or other set administrators) can post content within the channel.
For me, Telegram has become a platform–not just a messenger–that is run by an anarchist, and that has all the right features, and is in all the right places (cross-platform, etc.) to help bring down (or at least get people away from) services like Facebook and others that without question explicitly or implicitly are working with governments and alphabet-soup organizations. And any issues that Telegram does have, they can be fixed and updated, because at least we know the right philosophy is behind the service (read: anti-government).