After Facebook announced that it was buying WhatsApp for $US19 billion, another messaging app called Telegram gained over 1 million new users within two days, according to the company’s official twitter account.
On Feb. 20, Telegram tweeted that it gained 500,000 new users.
To the good news. 500,000 people signed up for Telegram today.
— Telegram Messenger (@telegram) February 20, 2014
Another tweet appeared on Feb. 21 touting 800,000 one day later
The free app lets iPhone and Android users send encrypted messages, photos, videos, and documents to anyone else who has Telegram. It is the fifth most downloaded app in the app store right now.
TechCrunch writes that Pavel and Nikolai Durov — the brothers who created Russia’s version of Facebook, called Vkonkakte — launched Telegram to ease people’s concerns over privacy.
The big differences between WhatsApp and Telegram is that WhatsApp has more members but messages are vulnerable to being intercepted by hackers, while Telegram is smaller and much more secure.
Here’s how Telegram works: