Telegram and NFT Creators: A Perfect Pair

Michael Caloca / ONE37pm

Where do you spend your time on the internet, and how do you communicate with people? The answers to these questions define our interactions, relationships and experiences in this postmodern digital galaxy. Since the NFT revolution, I have found myself spending most of my time on Telegram, a cloud-based instant messaging service that has the ability to allow users to send multimedia while making video calls. In the most recent update, the app allows for group chats within communities, along with the option to record conversations.  

What is Telegram?

Founded in 2013 by Nikolai and Pavel Durov (founders of the Russian social media platform VK), Telegram was built with the intention to out-play “WhatsApp” by allowing users to access accounts from multiple devices. Encryption makes the app far more secure than its Facebook-owned competitor. Private chats are available, where messages are stored on individual devices rather than in the transparent cloud. There is also a message self-destruct option similar to that of Snapchat and the Signal app.

In my time on the app, I have made connections with multiple groups connected to the Phantasma Blockchain and the Ghost Market NFT marketplace. What I love about this interface is that it allows for multiple communities to be created that each focus on their particular niche. For example, I find myself in the “Phantasma Chain” group with 6000+ people that love that particular blockchain. Then I find myself in the “Souldiers” group, which is focused more on the cryptocurrency $SOUL (Phantasma governance token), as well as  the sub groups for Ghost Market “Music”, “Art”, “Photography.” There is also a secret group with a design team of developers working on the VR side of the evolution.  

How I've used it:

Due to this technology, I have been able to connect with like-minded people from all over the world. I can’t ever remember a time in my life when this was such an easily accessible process. There have always been the “long distance carrier fees” and the systematic filing of territories through social media constructs. But now, I am immersed on a daily basis in global  communications and interactions; we are learning, connecting and continuously growing as a global family from over 40 different countries. 

This ease of sharing art, music, ideas and business strategies in one streamlined app has been a wonderful blessing for all of us, and has undoubtedly facilitated the expansion of the NFT revolution to all corners of the globe. There are scores of other communities experiencing the same global coming-together, creating new connections, experiencing new cultures, and shattering the notion of “us and them.” Instead, technology is proving that we are indeed an interconnected global community, with similar desires and motivations to make the world a better place through music, art and technology.

Telegram is one of the 10 most downloaded apps with over 650 million active users. It’s the fastest messaging app on the market, connecting people via a unique, distributed network of data centers around the globe. A Telegram group can carry up to 200,000 members. Unlike so many of the dominating forces in tech, Telegram does not sell ads, and states: “making profits will never be an end-goal for Telegram” According to Business of Apps: "Access to personal data gained by advertisers would go against its ethos.” As most all major social media company’s have faced security breaches by hacker groups, Telegram has certainly fallen prey to ill intentioned behaviors as well. The app does not include end-to-end encryption, and communications technology is never 100% secure. Nevertheless, this app is far more secure than most, and thus far my time with the app has been phenomenal for connectivity, growth, and collaboration opportunities with creative people from around the world. I look forward to the growth of the good that will come from facilitating the interconnection of our global family. 

Check out the newest episode of The Music Ministry Podcast, where we discuss our experiences with the Telegram app.

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