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Fandom migrating to telegram

Which do you use more?

  • Telegram

    Votes: 9 20.0%
  • Skype

    Votes: 1 2.2%
  • Discord

    Votes: 35 77.8%

  • Total voters
    45

LeFay

Professional meme inspector
So I wasn't sure about whether or not to post this in general or technology but since I'm looking for opinions and info and not tech info.

So as a couple people know I do indepth research and information gathering on our fandom. I just find it fun :p

Something I've noticed though is a high volume of fluffs have migrated to using or exclusively using telegram.

I found posts as far back as 3 years ago with some explanations but none that seemed satisfactory so I wanted to get your opinions.

I've used it myself. The interface is remedial and its basically just a slightly better skype (implying skype is still good). But it also seems to lack basic features like a friends list.

Some fluffs claim its because of stickers but I find it difficult to believe thats its only redeeming quality.

So I want to know, why do you use telegram? What about it is appealing and do you prefer it over say discord or skype? Why do you think the fandom has overwhelmingly migrated to it?
 

quoting_mungo

Well-Known Member
I use Telegram to talk to a few friends whom I previously communicated with on other services, and Discord to voice chat with my husband and boyfriend (yes, boyfriend and I live in the same house and still get on voice chat). Skype went downhill since Microsoft took it over, getting more and more buggy and uncooperative with each update.

I don't really do group chats with people I don't know, and even less so after some events that were pretty traumatic for me, so I don't join channels/servers for things like local furries or whatever. It's just a messenger to me. With stickers. Which are awesome.
 

Thrashy

The Drunk Metalhead. FckNzs.
Since I use Telegram in another online community, where no one knows that I'm here too, I can't use that username here.
So I'd need a second number just for this fandom to be able to use Telegram ^^

That's where Discord comes in handy for me ;)
 

Guifrog

Blue Frog | Avatar by Lenago
I mostly use it for comms, but the fandom around my area happens to be waaaaaaay more concentrated in Telegram groups than Discord servers. It kinda intrigued me, but when I asked about it once, I just got something along the lines of "Discord is good for gaming and stuff, but people are not very interested in it". Can't seem to really get a more elaborate response other than that
 

SwiftDog

Smdh
Banned
Discord seems to work well for large groups of people who don’t know each other irl, whereas Telegram seems to get used for local groups. I’m not sure why exactly but that seems to be the case.
 

Fallowfox

Are we moomin, or are we dancer?
A d'nae like any of 'em really.

The encrypted nature of telegram is, especially, something I view as very seedy. On the UKfurs telegram channel I came across an English furry who had moved to Denmark, and when I contacted him in private he confessed his reason for moving was because it's legal to view pornography that would justifiably be considered illegal here.

and I remember finding a private group of American furries who were sharing pornography with users they *knew* weren't 18. :{

I'd like to imagine that the encrypted nature isn't allowing these things, and that this isn't the draw that it has for some people...but I kinda suspect it is...

I prefer discord (even though it has its own problems), which I use predominantly to keep in contact with my family. :]
 

GarthTheWereWolf

Captious Lycanthrope of Forum Legend
I exclusively use telegram. I dislike discord’s layout and I don’t really enjoy big group chats.

Telegram for one on one conversations and it’s delightful stickers makes it my chatting program of choice.
 

LameFox

Well-Known Member
This is kinda weird to hear since I don't even know anyone who has telegram, don't tend to see people mention it ever. I don't even know what it looks like. My experience is generally that nearly everyone I encounter uses discord and some people still cling to skype.
 

quoting_mungo

Well-Known Member
A d'nae like any of 'em really.

The encrypted nature of telegram is, especially, something I view as very seedy. On the UKfurs telegram channel I came across an English furry who had moved to Denmark, and when I contacted him in private he confessed his reason for moving was because it's legal to view pornography that would justifiably be considered illegal here.

and I remember finding a private group of American furries who were sharing pornography with users they *knew* weren't 18. :{

I'd like to imagine that the encrypted nature isn't allowing these things, and that this isn't the draw that it has for some people...but I kinda suspect it is...

I prefer discord (even though it has its own problems), which I use predominantly to keep in contact with my family. :]
The encryption has its uses (though there's more secure chat apps if that's your concern); I wouldn't trust it to do much more than keep casual package-interception off your case, but it's probably good for that. The whole self-destructing private high security chats thing is a feature I can see being useful for both legitimate (such as, say, sharing bank information or other legitimate safe information) and less legitimate purposes, but that's kinda true for any private(ish) communication method.

People doing illegal/immoral things are doing shitty things regardless of medium; as I recall we've heard plenty of stories here on the forums of Discord channels for sharing porn that had minors using them, and if you really wanted to you could use the file transfer feature in IRC to do the same thing.

Currently my big complaint with Telegram is that every other update seems to fuck with Siri integration (not discounting that the latest case might be on Apple's end, though). And it's hella handy to be able to say "hey Siri, send a Telegram message to [boyfriend]" when my hands are full or I don't want to be looking down at my phone (I seem to be prone to tripping, so typing on a phone while walking is something I don't want to be doing unless I absolutely have to).
 
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Nyro46

Guest
All of them kind of have their ups and downs.

I used to use Skype around 2015, maybe early 2016, before I moved to Discord. For the reason that Skype was very buggy, crashed a lot, even to the point where we would have to keep making a new Skype group chat every once in a while because eventually the group would freeze up and no one could send/view messages anymore. (At the time I was using Skype, it was for a close-knit group of friends).

So we moved over to Discord and that was kinda what I used since. While this group has since mostly disbanded (only two of the members from it are on my friends list now) I continue to use Discord the most. While I have joined some servers before, I never stay in them, because I personally just don't find enjoyment out of big servers. I am only in two servers now - a small Furry/FAF server that has some friends in it (basically the only public server I ever did stay in) and my test server, which only has me and an alt account, so that doesn't even really count xD But it is useful for uploading stuff to myself so I can save it across my computers/phone. Besides that, I just use Discord for DM'ing my friends. All my friends (besides like ONE IRL friend, who I have to talk to over Instagram instead, because she's a normie™) use Discord, while I don't think all of them use Telegram. So that makes Discord furthermore useful to me, over Telegram.

However this doesn't mean I don't use Telegram, either. I do have a Telegram, but I just don't use it as much. I have mostly only used it for taking commissions. I prefer Telegram for commissions over Discord, because I don't need to add people to my friends list to DM them, so it feels better for business communications. Though I still refuse to join any group chats on Telegram. Telegram can also run as a backup for in the case I have a friend who doesn't use Discord, but this has never really occurred yet.

Also because I'm bored, I want to list my pros/cons of all three (Skype, Discord and Telegram). IDK if anyone will care, but meh xP

SKYPE
Pros:
-You could set custom sound effects (I used to have it where whenever people came online, it would say "I'M HOOOOOME!")
-You could give people personalized nicknames
-The creepy animated emotes that I would spam my friends with as a joke . . .
-The stupid summary status thing you could set for other people to see over your DM
Cons:
-It crashed a lot or would lag your computer
-Groups would eventually crash and you would have to make a new one
-Literally everything else

DISCORD
Pros:
-Layout is easy to understand (at least for me)
-Fairly customizable, like with servers and stuff
-Is best for people who play PC games (like me)
-I like having the playing status (and now you can set custom status)
-You can add your own emotes to servers
-Bots
-You can actually delete your account if need be
-While it's mostly designed for people who play games, you don't HAVE to be someone who plays games and is fairly universal and easy to use (basically a good Skype replacement)
Cons:
-I find a lot of the "meme" stuff on Discord to be a bit annoying sometimes or come across as unprofessional
-While you can have an animated avatar, or your own emotes that you can use across servers/DMs, you have to subscribe to Nitro (so basically no custom emotes if you don't pay)
-Activity feed is obnoxious (but at lease you can turn it off!)
-People you block can still see your messages
-Discord help team never removed cub art I reported despite it being against their TOU
-Discord is never necessarily private; and they use your data

TELEGRAM
Pros:
-You can add people to DMs but you don't need to add them as a friend (good for business/commissions)
-Customizable sticker packs, so you can have your own cute furry stickers, which are actually a decent size (not tiny like Discord) and you don't need to pay to use them
-Bots, and you can actually use bots as a DM and you don't need to be in a server like with Discord
-Customizable layout is nice (adding a picture to the background and stuff)
-You can mute people without actually blocking them
-It's private, which can be good if not abused . . .
Cons:
-No real friends list can be kinda ehhh if you want to use Telegram for friends
-To me it can feel more like a texting app and more dead, as opposed to Discord? If that makes sense? (You can't really see when people are online and stuff, or at least it's minimalistic)
-I don't believe there is any status type thing unlike Discord or Skype
-Encryption can however be abused, as FallowFox mentioned
-You need a phone number, so people who don't have a cellphone are basically screwed
-While you can kinda get an idea if/when people were online, it is a bit more hazy (at least to me)
 
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quoting_mungo

Well-Known Member
To me it can feel more like a texting app and more dead, as opposed to Discord? If that makes sense? (You can't really see when people are online and stuff, or at least it's minimalistic)
You can see when people are online, though IIRC only if they've enabled it. Like, I will check my boyfriend's "last seen" status when I want to figure out if he's up yet so I can go bother him in the morning.

Also, worth adding as you listed it as a pro of Discord, that Telegram bots are also a thing. Wouldn't know where to start in setting one up, myself, but it's quite possible.
 

Heppi

The happy one~
I didn't hear about Telegram until I joined the forums and even then it wasn't mentioned thaaat much. Skype is... Well, I always disliked Skype to hell. As soon as an add popped up, my internet slowed down horribly. Other people couldn't hear me anymore or I had that robotic voice. Granted, I didn't have the fastest Internet connection, but everything else worked fluently, like all the online games. After Microsoft took over and Skype changed, it got super worse and I immediately left.

So it's Discord for me. After using Skype, Discord felt like a revelation. Was always waiting for a program like this and it offers so much more.

But honestly, I'm retro. I like to use normal mails for most things. Just because I like deeper conversations and long messages. And to have the time to think carefully about the topics before answering. In most chats I miss the long and thoughtful answers. It's fine for having a good, fun and relaxing time I guess, but...meh. ^-^ Forums are as a good as mails, also with the difference to be public and the possibility of reading more various opinions.
 
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Purplefuzz

Guest
Moving to discord since /r/furry is just a immature art dump and too many redditors are like "Eww furry" level outside of it. Telegram is pretty stupid they have a desktop version that can't be used unless you have a working mobile phone?, Like why!!.
 
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Nyro46

Guest
You can see when people are online, though IIRC only if they've enabled it. Like, I will check my boyfriend's "last seen" status when I want to figure out if he's up yet so I can go bother him in the morning.

Also, worth adding as you listed it as a pro of Discord, that Telegram bots are also a thing. Wouldn't know where to start in setting one up, myself, but it's quite possible.
You're right, I suppose you can see when they are online more or less, but idk it always seems a bit fuzzier to me on Telegram. And a lot of the time I just see "Was seen recently" which seems kinda vague.

Also, yeah, I guess you are right, there are bots on Telegram too. I just haven't had as much experience with 'em. xP Will add that tho.
 

quoting_mungo

Well-Known Member
You're right, I suppose you can see when they are online more or less, but idk it always seems a bit fuzzier to me on Telegram. And a lot of the time I just see "Was seen recently" which seems kinda vague.
That's a privacy setting thing. If you both are set to share online status with the other, you'll get the more precise information, but if either of you don't, you just get the super-fuzzy version. I'd post a screenshot to show you what I mean, but apparently the forum doesn't like the file.
 
Telegram is mad buns imo
I just like how you can have custom backgrounds but you can't organize or setup anything for shit. Also most communities were creepy as fuck in my experience.
 

Keefur

aka Cutter Cat
I do lots of Furry convention staff meetings with different cons. We used to use Skype, but it was very difficult at times, so we swapped over to Discord, and it seems to work pretty well. I don't use Discord much outside of that.
 

TrishaCat

The Cat in the FAF
I just stick to Discord mostly
I don't like Discord's rules or its lack of privacy but it seems like its the most popular so I just stick to it. Plus its just super versatile.
 
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Deleted member 111470

Guest
I have never used telegram, and I doubt the entire fandom, literally every furry, is migrating over there.
 

Dreammaker33

Cute cow that likes computer hardware
I just started using telegram and it is great for my needs.
 

Tracks98

Dragon of the Sands
I mostly stick to Discord for the groups and private messaging, haven't really found a reason to go to Telegram yet. I juggle enough apps and social media websites as it is. Skype's basically obsolete at this point.

The furry community on Twitter is also extremely active.
 
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