I think it's really disgusting that facebook owns the two largest messaging apps, taking whatever of my data they want from them.
I'd love to be able to use the open-source alternative telegram, but the issue is that literally no-one I know uses them and I don't want to force people to download an app to be able to talk with me.
@Trillenial I would like people to stop sending me SMS. That's the iMessage effect. Android dropped the ball by not initially releasing with a seamless rich messenger.
@Trillenial u can use gpg encryption on facebook messenger with a messaging client like pidgin if i'm not mistaken. it has otr (off the record) conversations.
you'll still have to force people you talk to to use pidgin and talk to you with otr conversations though
@Trillenial Telegram isn't open-source. Part of the problem is the network effect but the other part is the lack of a clear winner in the solution space. There's no FOSS software as polished as WhatsApp.
It's shite but I just deleted both. People can still message me without having to use the app I'm on (Signal). It does mean that they can't send free pics and vids unless they also download the app but it's free. We need to get folk out of the convenience of these monsters and into equally convenient but less well known alternatives 😊
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