Telegram, Messaging, Mobile communication

Telegram Messenger, the mobile messaging app created by co-founders Nikolai and Pavel Durov, today announced a new milestone via Twitter.

The app has surpassed 35 million monthly active users. While this may pale in comparison to WhatsApp’s over 150 million and WeChat’s 355 million active users, it’s nevertheless an impressive milestone, especially considering Telegram only had 100,000 daily active users last October. Like LINE’s sudden burst of users, much of this growth for Telegram was seen after the announced acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook; nearly 5 million downloads of Telegram occurred in a single day.

Telegram has been making strides with its app over the last few months, with changes and improvements occurring at pretty consistent intervals, with some of the most recent features including the deletion of conversations from user devices to improve security.

Telegram is currently available for iOS and Android, but also has a large number of “unofficial” apps available for other platforms, including Linux, Mac, and Windows. As of this writing, there are four unofficial Telegram apps available for Windows Phone. Unlike most messaging apps on the market, Telegram has an open API and protocol that’s free for everyone.

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By Josh Robert Nay

Josh Robert Nay is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TruTower. He has worked in the telecommunications industry since 2003 and specializes in GSM based technology. He also uses (too many) VoIP apps and is a long-time user of BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone. He adores anything having to do with space exploration and writing. In addition to the links below, he can be found on LinkedIn and can also be found on his website at