Instant messaging group chats are gradually evolving from just messaging. Whether it is on WhatsApp, Skype, BBM, Telegram or some other platform, users of these features are adapting them to their own unique needs and purposes. I have given some thought to how these platforms have been evolving and find it fascinating.
I must confess that I have not been very active in chat groups. For example, I belong to an old boys and girls group with 132 members. It is great to be in touch with former classmates, but then I wake up in the morning to find over 200 messages from different participants waiting to be read. I promptly close the chat. That is just too much for me to handle.
And now, Telegram has made it worse and increased group capacity to 100,000 participants. My first thought was, “How on earth am I supposed to keep up with a group that has a hundred thousand members!?”
Besides my old students groups, I have put group chats to good use with my nuclear and extended family, as well as for work and in group training situations. It has been a very effective medium.
EyeBeeKay has asked me to look at the possibility of creating a Telegram group as an extension of MobilityArena. He tells me that you can pin posts in a Telegram group and that you can use bots too. Pinning a message/post means it is in each participant’s face all the time, he said. from what I have read up on my side, I see that telgram now has channels support, just like BBM.
What Of Monetisation?
Bots can be used to monetise a Telegram group and receiving payments via PayPal. This article provides some useful information about that.
Instant Messaging Communities
It looks like while the world was fixated on social media platforms, instant messaging platforms got busy evolving into a different kind of digital community. People are active in WhatsApp and Telegram groups every hour of the day.
As a matter of fact, Instant Messaging apps have become a challenge to social media as a news source.
How Influential Are Group Chats?
Group chats in WhatsApp and Telegram especially are probably more influential than they may appear to be at first glance. It is arguable that people are more active there than they are on any social media platform.
As a matter of fact, some of the interactions and activities that make and break social media communities are concluded inside group chats. They are better suited to pursuing and executing common agendas. While social media is mostly about open interactions, where many strangers pretend to be friends, group chats are populated with people who either know one another or have a common interest.
Think of influencer groups, religious groups, residential association groups, training/educational groups, family groups, and even political groups. Imagine the possibilities of what a Telegram-based political group of 100,000 members can achieve or at least attempt.
MobilityArena Telegram Group
The MobilityArena Telegram SuperGroup has been created and everyone is welcome to join in. This is a great place for mobilistas to mingle, share, give us tips for the blog, ask questions and get help with everything mobile and digital. There is room for 100,000 of us, so let’s hop in. I look forward to seeing you there.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.