Comms 102: Telegram

What is Telegram?

Telegram is a messaging app available on all of your devices at the same time; you can use it seamlessly across all of your phones, tablets or computers. In addition to messages, Telegram allows you to send photos, videos and files of any type. You can even make end-to-end encrypted voice calls without having to share or expose your phone number (you are never required to share your phone number with any other user).

It also allows for the creation of groups of up to 200,000 members or channels that can broadcast to an unlimited number of subscribers. The Dark Jedi Brotherhood has an official chat group here, as well as groups dedicated to gaming, fiction, art and most major units within the Brotherhood.

Well, this is amazing. How do I get started?

Glad you asked! There’s several ways to create an account for Telegram: through your phone, tablet, desktop app, or simply through the Telegram web app. In this course, we’ll explain how to sign up through the Telegram web app. Let’s get started!

First of all, go to the Telegram Web App. If you’ve never created a Telegram account before, it will ask you for your phone number. Telegram only asks for your phone number during signup and login. Once you have entered your phone number, you will receive a text message on the number you’ve entered. This message will contain a code that you’ll have to enter.

Your phone number is hidden from other users unless those users know your number already and have it saved in their address book or you have shared your number with them yourself via ‘Share My Contact Info’.

Next, the app will ask you for your first and last name. Feel free to enter what you will. Personally, I’ve entered my DJB name, but you may enter your real name if you choose. This will be the name that appears publicly to your contacts, unless they have your phone number.

Once you enter your name, you’re done. Congratulations, you’re now on Telegram!

Alright , now what?

Good question. Let’s create a username. This will allow you to be found, and added, to people’s contacts and group conversations. Go to your settings. This is different in each version, but generally accessed through the top-left corner’s hamburger menu, or the bottom right on iOS.

Right at the top, there should be a setting for a username. Use this to create your own username, but be aware that usernames are given out based on first-come, first-serve, by Telegram.

Usernames must be at least 5 characters long, are case-insensitive, and may contain letters, numbers, and underscores.

Usernames are public. This means that anyone who does not have your phone number but searches for your username can message you. ** While usernames aren't required, they are highly encouraged. **

Now that we’ve created a username, let’s go join some groups.

Joining a group

Joining a group is as simple as clicking a link or being invited by a member who is already in the group. You can find a list of channel invite links on the DB site.

Occasionally, the DB Gaming Lounge will change its invite link to better manage bots. To join the Gaming channel, seek out one of the members of the FIST staff in the General DB Chat to obtain an updated invite link.

Groups support a variety of Telegram features, like using replies, mentions and hashtags, managing administrators and user permissions, and even creating polls to survey your group. Learn more about interacting with and administering groups on Telegram here.

The Rules

Yup, they’re here, and they’re to be listened to. If you don’t, you’ll have to deal with the Justicar. The #DBChat channel is an official DB channel, which means that all our normal rules apply, as well as a few specific to Telegram:

  • No pornographic content (on Telegram or elsewhere).
  • Limit your sticker usage and image posting. We have had several members complain and leave the channel due to the high volume of stickers and other image spam displayed in the channel.
  • If you are asked to adjust your behavior, adjust it.
  • Clan/Gaming/Other channels will be monitored by their respective administrators. Regardless of the channel, any bullying or unwanted content will be met with negative consequences.

Further Information

If you want to know more about all the features Telegram has to offer and how they work, simply visit their FAQ or their blog to stay informed about the latest news and updates to the app.

Information in this course was taken from Telegram.org
Written by Marcus Kiriyu Edited by Celahir Erinos

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