Social media, including WhatsApp are blocked in Sri Lanka at the moment. My friends and colleagues are looking for alternative platforms to communicate. I've been able to get some of them on #Matrix and XMPP. #Telegram seems to have gained some popularity in this context. Telegram claims to be a "distributed" platform because their "servers are spread worldwide for security and speed".
Well, if that qualifies as "distributed", then Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter too are distributed. Am I wrong?
Oh well, their claims for being "free" and "open" are equally bogus and false : "Telegram has an open API and protocol free for everyone." "Telegram is free forever. No ads. No subscription fees." : https://telegram.org/
I never had a chance to take a closer look at it until now. Should advice against using it in an environment like ours where popular platforms are likely to get censored / blocked.
Making things a little embarrasing, jabber.org has an expired SSL certificate at the moment!
@bob Thanks. I don't think we can rule out scenarios where ports are blocked. That too can happen here.
@bob lol my account was/is on jabber.org :D
@xrevan86 I didn't feel like abandoning the account I had for nearly two decades :D
Jami is the only real descentralized and distributed communications platform
Server run by the main developers of the project It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!