I'm amazed that on telegramo.org there are over 50 groups in Esperanto, but why did Esperanto speakers specifically choose to gather on Telegram? What made this messaging system more appealing than others with even more users like WhatsApp or more popular chat sites on the web?

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    You are the one proposing to use Telegram in after duolingo :P That's how I got into Telegram (I didn't even have the app before that). I don't know what started that popularity but I'm sure that's one of the reasons for the growing comunity there. I could say it has reached critical mass. – Lyubomir Vasilev Aug 24 '16 at 11:14
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    Well, I only added it because Vanege asked me to, so I had to explore it for myself and was pleasantly surprised with how active it was! I have trouble imaging life without Telegram now... – Chuck Smith Aug 24 '16 at 20:09
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I can think of several factors:

  • It is easy to install on a computer and on a phone
  • Groups are public and it is possible to read past messages, so it is a good introduction to conversational written Esperanto
  • The ability to send voice message is a good tool for training in pronunciation
  • Stickers help beginners to communicate when they don't feel confident enough
  • It is easy to create a new group for any theme or subject, so people are not locked in a subject. Esperantists can actively speak about what they are interested in and find people who share the same interest
  • Everybody was nice (now there are 880 members)

I've heard that Telegram is more secure than other messengers. I don't know many details, but people say it uses some (end-to-end?) encryption and other means to leverage security.

As far as I know, Esperanto speakers have often been in trouble during the World War II mostly because many of them were Jewish. Also, as Esperanto is a constructed language, its speakers may often be victims of bad attitude as some people think that Esperanto is sort of 'bad' for whatever reasons.

This may make Esperantists feel like they're being hated, which may lead to attempts to protect themselves from any harm using Telegram's secure encryption.

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    This theory seems rather far-fetched. I doubt that many Esperantists are driven by fear of being hated or prosecuted. – Igor Lankin Aug 23 '16 at 19:49

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