Rival Telegram announces seven improvements, functions and reinforcements for its service. Some news are already present, others are coming, but all contribute to making this platform an excellent alternative to the company of the Facebook group.
1. Auto deletion of messages on Telegram
There are conversations that are not meant to last. For this reason, Telegram allows users to delete messages for all participants at any time, without leaving a trace. We emphasize that since 2013 users can set a timer to auto-destroy the message, but only in Secret Chats.
From now on, the auto-destruction function of the message is available for all chats on Telegram. The novelty allows automatically delete messages for all participants within 24 hours or 7 days after sending.
Self-destruction of messages is only possible after activating the timer. Note that the previous messages will continue to be available in Telegram chat. The timer starts counting when the message is sent and not only when it is read.
To activate timer on Android: Touch “Clear History” and then choose the duration. To activate the timer on iOS: touch and keep the pressure on the message – touch “Select” – Clear Chat (top left) – Enable Auto-delete.
All auto destruct messages are counted down.
2. Expired invitation links
Links are the easiest way to bring new users and friends to Telegram. Now, in addition to the main invitation link, group or channel owners and administrators can create additional invitation links for specific use.
These links can now have limited duration (timer), usage limit, or both. The implementation aims to give more control to the administrators and those responsible for the groups and channels at Telegram.
We also emphasize that these invitations can be converted into QR codes to facilitate the scan phone camera. The codes can later be placed on any image, banner advertising or large featured image.
To view and manage the invitation links just follow these stepss:
- Touch to open the Channel or Group profile> Edit> Invitation Links.
- Touch (⋮) or (⋯) to convert a link to QR Code.
3. Groups with unlimited members
Among Telegram's highlights, we point out the groups made available by the platform where up to 200 thousand active members can join. There we can exchange messages, multimedia files like videos and other files, in addition to stickers and GIFs.
Even with a generous limit of members – 200,000 – if this value is reached, the platform will convert the group into Broadcast Groups want to allow unlimited members.
The conversion is automatic, but restricts the sending of content as messages to administrators. On the other hand, members are still able to join voice chats for direct and unrestricted communication.
As the platform itself points out, Broadcast Groups are ideal for large communities, where people can participate in exclusive interviews, news or casual conversations.
4. Widgets for the Android smartphone home screen
Widgets are small applications that give us direct access to the apps themselves, being available for Android and more recently also for iOS. These Telegram news, however, are only available for Android devices.
For instant access to Telegram's most important chats, we can add new widgets to the home screen. There we will see a preview of recent conversations and messages, and there is also the Direct Shortcuts widget for each contact.
To add widgets to the smartphone's home screen, simply touch and hold the screen until the pop-up menu appears. There will appear the option “Widgets” where we can add the desired one from the available list.
On iOS we can also use the Telegram widget, but we don't always have chats updated due to system restrictions.
5. Improvements to the reporting system and chat import
To help keep the platform safe and to promote healthier usage, the company places new reporting options in the hands of users. From now on, we have to associate a specific message with the complaint to support the complaint.
The platform lets the user add comments to the reported content. This will help the company's moderators to evaluate the content in question and act quickly. If they detect a fake account, or content, it is now easier to report occurrences.
6. It is easier to import WhatsApp chats into Telegram
The company has added several features to facilitate the transition of WhatsApp users to its platform. The same applies to other instant messaging platforms since the feature was introduced in January 2021.
It is now possible to import WhatsApp history and other services with messages to be organized according to the original date, as long as they are added to a Telegram chat with less than 1000 messages.
The resource is available to all users of this platform.
7. There are more animated emojis to use on Telegram
Personalization and animation is one of the highlights of this communication platform, with Telegram working continuously to give us more forms of expression. We have new packages of animated emojis gradually arriving free of charge.
At the same time, you can also take advantage of animated stickers at 60 fps for more fluid and pleasant animations. Without forgetting the GIFs of the most diverse categories.
As the company puts it, with each new update of the app there are new animations coming to the service. These can be sent as part of a message, to reinforce it, or used separately.
All the mentioned improvements are available starting with version 7.5 of Telegram.
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