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I'm used to Slack at work and for communities and tried telegram at a previous job.

Telegram kind of sucks because it's hard to control who's in and who's out. It's also hard to freely join/leave channels like in slack, which is convenient for a in-company setup. Even for some topics (like Elixir and Elm which I'm in) is a little bit spammy and unorganized, which for tech stuff is fine but not for work IMO.

Also, not everyone has a work phone (I still use my old number, not sure if you can use without a mobile number).

I use telegram extensively with friends and family since whatsapp deskop sucks and I was able to convince a bunch of people to use slack because it was temporarily blocked a few times here in Brazil. Also, if you lose access to your phone (or is not on wifi), your can still use in desktop (shame on you, whatsapp)

Because of that, I also wouldn't like to mix professional/personal stuff in the same communication app.


I've probably used Telegram a total of five minutes so I'm no expert but for work stuff and for most companies Slack is good enough and good enough means a lot of time saved :-)

What have you found that Telegram does better than Slack with the same amount of effort?


@rhymes firstly thanks for your answer. We are using Telegram because it has no pricing section their website. We can say our boss stingy.

This is just joke.

Telegram's desktop application is not ram killer. Its mobile application is not confused.

This does not explain "why every developer should use telegram".


It makes sense, after all it is always "what works for you" :-)

We use it for communication for our company.


I prefer Discord or IRC, but my problems with Telegram that I could see a business having issue with is how it's tied to a mobile device to setup (unless that's changed). That can get messy if you don't issue mobile phones at work.

Slack had the advantage of marketing, but I've never found much value using it at work over anything else. Slack is just another route to the "presenteeism" problem.


I'd never want to personally use Telegram, but at work we've been using slack for a long time.

Now we're currently moving to Discord, which does a way better job at professional chat, especially around file handling and syntaxic coloration.


For work-related things, we use HipChat in my team, but for everything more casual, we have recently moved off to using Telegram, as a replacement to WhatsApp. It just became so that one by one, team members including myself, started switching away from WS, so it came quite naturally. So far, Telegram has served its use perfectly, with the added benefit of one less dependency on FB.


I can't speak to Slack, but I'd never use Telegram for work because their security is questionable at best.


What do you mean by "questionable security" in telegram?

I'm not too informed on the issues apart from the plain-text storing of messages when it claimed e2e encryption I've seen some time ago.

My point of comparison is usually WhatsApp and their security is abysmal.


If your only POC is WhatsApp, which is seriously worse, you should check out Signal, based on the signal protocol, an audited end-to-end protocol for communications.

I honestly don't care about e2e encryption.

A problem that I had with WhatsApp is, when I lost my phone, someone took the chip out, put on their phones and could use my WhatsApp. That means anyone with access to my phone, without being able to unlock it, can access my WhatsApp account (including chat history).

I use telegram for it's easy to use and stickers.


plain-text storing of messages when it claimed e2e encryption

This really happened? 😳

e2e is disabled by default unless you start a secret chat. and there's no way to start a secret chat from official desktop app. don't remember anything about secret chats being stored in plain text though

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