Facebook has proven unreliable – and not just because of the Pike News, vaccine opponents, privacy issues and harm to teens. Having become addicted to WhatsApp (along with two billion other users worldwide), how exactly are we supposed to communicate with each other when for long hours it is unavailable? But there is also a positive side to this evening: the collapse of WhatsApp is the profit of its competitors and yours too, because there are great messaging services that deserve an opportunity.
Telegram, founded in 2013 by Pavel Dorov, is WhatsApp’s most significant competitor, but with 500 million global users, it’s still far behind. This does not make it any less good: Telegram has a long list of features that Mark Zuckerberg & Co. can only envy – you can connect to it from your computer without being dependent on a smartphone, it allows you to edit and schedule messages, open groups with 200,000 people, create folders, listen to files Music, subscribe to channels on various topics and more and more. One of our favorite features is Saved Messages – a kind of private chat with yourself where you can send yourself messages, reminders and unlimited files.
Signal is less popular than Telegram, but enjoys a more secure image and rightly so: it puts the issue of privacy first, and although in principle its encryption protocol is the same as that of WhatsApp, no information about users is collected here. It’s that simple. Among the features you will probably like: verifying the identity of the recipients, messages that destroy themselves, locking the screen to hide the content and a tool for blurring faces from photos. You’ll probably be happy to hear that a signal is written in open source, which means that even if a security vulnerability is discovered in it, it will most likely be quickly detected by external investigators.
What do you do when there is a power outage? lighting candles. If you ask us, Facebook’s huge glitch is a good opportunity to remember how we communicated with each other before WhatsApp and the like took over our lives. So go to the messaging app on your phone, take a few minutes to digest the amount of spam messages from customer clubs you signed up for somewhere in 2007, and remember how simple the world was not so long ago.