Whenr Facebook announced that it was buying WhatsApp for $19 billion, a hardly knownr messaging app called Telegram gained over 1 million new users within two days. This was revealed through its twitter account

On Feb. 20, Telegram tweeted that it gained 500,000 new users, the next day, it tweeted that it had obtained 800,000 new users.

Pavel and Nikolai Durov — the brothers who created Russia’s version of Facebook, called Vkonkakte — launched Telegram to ease people’s concerns over privacy.


The free app lets iPhone and Android users send encrypted messages, photos, videos, and documents to anyone else who has Telegram. It is the fifth most downloaded app in the app store right now.

The big differences between WhatsApp and Telegram is that WhatsApp has more members but messages are vulnerable to being intercepted by hackers, while Telegram is smaller and much more secure.

Source: BI