I thought I had already posted this, but I guess I was mistaken. I’ve created a community for people to connect to one another via Telegram.

Travis Skaalgard
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It’s hilarious I’m getting downvoted for this.

Maya
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I think it might be that people don’t understand it’s a lemmy community, not a telegram thing, and thus think it doesn’t belong in announcement. if it actually bothers you I’d toss the name in the title “/c/grampals: a community for…”

@AccessViolation_
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I think people are downvoting because they are worried about the privacy aspect of Telegram. I’ve noticed that a lot of ‘pro Telegram’ posts get downvoted, sometimes with an accompanying comment on how Telegram cannot be trusted. Is it good to be skeptical? Yes. Is it necessary to downvote everything that as much as mentions Telegram? No, in my opinion, especially in cases like this where the whole point was to point to a place for people to find new friends.

Travis Skaalgard
creator
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I think this is also the case. I’ve noticed any time I so much as mention Telegram I often get shot down. I have no illusions about Telegram being secure and private, but it’s the only good free alternative to WhatsApp that people actually use, so I use it.

Travis Skaalgard
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Ah, you’re right! I absolutely should have made the title more clear! thank you! :)

@absolutebeginner
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Travis Skaalgard
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Because it’s frequently used by many people, especially free-software enthusiasts, and is free software. It isn’t particularly privacy-minded, but for FOSS enthusiasts it’s the only real alternative to WhatsApp that people actually use.

@iszomer
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@absolutebeginner
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Travis Skaalgard
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Signal is much more secure but lacks tons of important features like being able to chat with international users.

@techbolt
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Thats not right actually. Signal does not have any such restriction on chatting with international users. I have contacts far and wide in different continents and can chat with every one of them so long as they are on Signal too. If they aren’t then it sends normal SMS which will cost money ofcourse but thats a feature not a bug.

Don’t get me wrong, I use whatsapp, telegram, signal, conversations (XMPP), Delta chat and Element (matrix) and with no bias as each platform has its own strength.

Which do I prefer - perhaps Delta chat is the one I like the most for its simple premise and least barrier to entry but people are stuck in their ways so i decide accordingly which profile i use on which platform to minimise my risk of exposure.

In terms of the community you have created, i may skip it not becquse I dont like the idea but because i dont have a profile compatibility between this one and one on telegram - i can’t be certain but that could be a case for quite a few users here.

Travis Skaalgard
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I believe you, but for some reason I’ve never been able to get Signal to work when chatting with friends outside the US (where I live). It never seems to recognize they’re on signal and it just sends unprotected SMS :/

Yes, please downvote me for criticizing Signal

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