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This is where I post thoughts about Telegram in a slightly less formal and more direct way than in the official Telegram blog (~70% of which is also written mostly by yours truly). Subscribe only if you're a hardcore Telegram fan.

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    ✨ Launched less than one and a half years ago, Telegram Premium has become the fastest-growing paid subscription in the history of messaging apps.

    The number of Premium subscribers has doubled in just 5 months and quadrupled in the last 12 months. Today it exceeded 4 million users.

    A big thanks to everyone who signed up for Premium! We add great new features every month for our Premium subscribers — check them out at @premium 💝
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    🎆 A major Telegram update with 11 new features is out, just 4 weeks after the previous one.

    Among my favorite new features are Similar Channels and Story Reposts. Both give content creators new ways to grow their channels organically within Telegram.

    Check out all the features in the blog post: https://telegram.org/blog/similar-channels

    While our iOS users can already enjoy the new features, Android users are still waiting for the Google Play version to be reviewed by Google. If you use Android and don’t want to wait, you can download the direct version of Telegram. This version offers faster updates, fewer restrictions, and the lowest price for Telegram Premium subscriptions 🤫
    Similar Channels, Reposting Stories, and 9 More Features

    Today's update lets you find more channels on similar topics, repost stories from friends and channels, and add video messages to stories. We've also added profile colors, wallpapers for both sides, story stats and custom reactions for channels, voice transcription for everyone and much more.

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    Telegram for VisionOS 😎
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    👉Announcing a $200,000 giveaway! 🪙

    To celebrate our new feature, I’m hosting a giveaway of 10,000 Telegram Premium subscriptions 🤑

    In a week, 10,000 random subscribers of my channel will receive a Telegram Premium subscription for 6 months 🤱

    I have already prepaid for this giveaway on Fragment with $200,000-worth of
    Toncoin I bought on a cryptoexchange. Enjoy! ☕️
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    Now every channel on Telegram can host FAIR giveaways.

    What’s a giveaway? ❓

    It’s when someone promises to give out prizes to random followers 😏😏😏

    Many giveaways on social media were scams. There was no way to prove the winner was chosen fairly 😐

    Until now. Telegram is the first social media platform to natively support giveaways with guaranteed random selection + prepaid prize funds 🤑

    Check out the demos here: https://telegram.org/blog/giveaways
    Giveaways in Channels and Free Premium

    Channel owners can now launch Giveaways to randomly distribute prizes among their followers. This is great if you want to promote your channel, get new subscribers or reward existing ones.

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    Toncoin (TON) Blockchain Breaks Record for World’s Fastest Network, Beating Solana, Polygon, Visa, and MasterCard | CoinCodex

    TON Blockchain can process over 100,000 transactions per second, claiming the title of the world’s fastest blockchain.

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    🔤🔠🔤🔤❗️Update Telegram to the latest version to see how replies and link previews should work in 2023. Since we invented these formats several years ago, the industry must have been waiting for us to show them the next step. The wait is over! 👿


    Bonus: you can now rewind / fast forward Stories by holding and sliding sideways (I wonder why other apps that have had stories for years hadn’t done this before 🤌 — there must be some dark secret we’ll uncover soon 🔮).

    Bonus Bonus: our beloved Premium users (almost 3.5 million of them already) get to choose the color of their name and quotes in chats. Go orange this Halloween! ❤️
    Replies 2.0, Adjustable Link Previews, Name Colors and More

    Today's update lets you quote specific parts of messages when replying, send your replies to other chats, add quote formatting to any text, configure link previews, choose a color for your account, and much more.

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    Every day, Telegram's moderators and AI tools remove millions of obviously harmful content from our public platform. However, tackling war-related coverage is seldom obvious. Earlier this week, Hamas used Telegram to warn civilians in Ashkelon to leave the area ahead of their missile strikes. Would shutting down their channel help save lives — or would it endanger more lives? It’s always tempting to act on emotional impulses. But such complex situations require thorough consideration that should also take into account the differences between social platforms. Unlike other apps that algorithmically promote shocking content to unsuspecting people, on Telegram, users receive only the content to which they specifically subscribed. As such, it's unlikely that Telegram channels can be used to significantly amplify propaganda. Instead, they serve as a unique source of first-hand information for researchers, journalists, and fact-checkers. While it would be easy for us to destroy this source of information, doing so risks exacerbating an already dire situation.
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    Some people are wishing me a happy "birthday" today.
    But today, 10.10.2023, is not really the day when I was born.

    I was actually born many years ago – today is merely an anniversary of my birthday.

    Personally, I prefer to celebrate it as the 12th anniversary of my 27th birthday anniversary.

    Don’t let yourselves get misled! 🍸
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    Hundreds of thousands are signing up for Telegram from Israel and the Palestinian Territories. In addition to Arabic, we’ve just added support for Hebrew in the Telegram UI. Everyone affected should have reliable access to news and private communication in these dire times.
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    The day has come. Telegram channels can now post Stories!

    Stories on Telegram are more visible than in most apps, because they are displayed right on the main screen. Obviously, we couldn’t let channels flood users with Stories without reasonable limits: this would create too much noise in your Chats.

    This is why we designed the Boost system. With Boosts, users can give their favorite channels the ability to post stories. More boosts mean more stories per day for a channel. Every 24 hours users can reassign their boost.

    In the future, boosts will also unlock other features for channels, such as custom reactions, emoji statuses or custom backgrounds. We’ll also introduce more ways for channels to get Boosts.

    To prevent abuse, only Premium users can boost channels. It shouldn’t be hard to collect Boosts for channels with real subscribers, while those with fake followers may struggle (larger channels need more Boosts to unlock stories).

    Let the Boost Hunt begin! 🏹
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    🔍This month we changed how searching public channels and groups works on Telegram.

    Previously, public channels with more subscribers would appear higher in the search results. That system worked fine for a while, but was increasingly getting abused by spammers. That's why we now only count genuine subscribers of channels for ranking.

    For example, channels with more Premium subscribers will generally rank higher. However, if a specific Premium subscriber joins too many channels, they won't give those channels as big of a search ranking boost. Of course, the new search also prioritizes results from your country.

    The feedback on this change is overwhelmingly positive. Channels with an inflated subscribers count have become less visible, while useful groups and mini-apps are now attracting more users. 🚀
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    Years ago, we built TON – a scalable and fast blockchain technology. TON was designed to serve hundreds of millions of social media users. Since 2020, the TON technology has been maintained and improved by the open source community.

    Last year, we enabled our users to buy and sell Telegram usernames and IDs on Fragment – a TON-based auction platform. It was a phenomenal success. Telegram sold $120M worth of digital assets in auctions, while early buyers of some Telegram-related digital assets – such as Telegram anonymous numbers – have seen a 27x (!) increase in value after only 9 months.

    This success showed the potential of Web 3.0 on Telegram. For the first time in history, users were allowed to own their social media identities directly. Now we want to integrate blockchain technologies deeper into Telegram. To do that, we worked with the folks from the TON community to add their TON Wallet to Telegram as a mini-app.

    Starting this November, TON Wallet will be included in the settings and attachment menus for all our users outside the US and some other countries (if you added @wallet and have the latest version of Telegram, you can already see the wallet option in the menus). This step will allow developers to enable hundreds of new valuable features – similar to those pioneered on Fragment. TON Wallet, a third-party mini-app inside Telegram, will introduce a whole new dimension of Web 3.0 to hundreds of millions of Telegram users.
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    Stories and 10 Years of Telegram

    In this update, we launch Stories – with a unique dual camera mode, granular privacy settings, flexible duration options and much more.

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    ➕ Jokes aside, this is what Telegram beta looked like in late 2012. Note the ability to add photos in profile pages (with geotags and reactions!), which is similar to the stories posts we are launching now. Although they weren’t included in the final version 10 years ago, stories have been part of the plan all along!
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    🎈 This is what Telegram for iOS would look like today if its design hadn't evolved since its launch on the 14th of August, 2013! 🚩🚩1️⃣0️⃣🚩🚩
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    🥳 Today Telegram turns 10 years old.

    In just a decade, Telegram gained over 800 million active users purely thanks to word of mouth. Through numerous updates and improvements over the years, Telegram has redefined what a modern messaging experience should be like.

    The next step for Telegram is to go beyond messaging and spearhead innovation in social media in general. We should use our popularity to change the lives of billions for better, to inspire and uplift people on our planet.

    Today’s gradual roll-out of stories for all users marks the beginning of this new stage in the history of Telegram. While this past decade was exciting, the next 10 years will be the time when Telegram reaches its true potential. 🥳