|Facebook Abandons 3rd-Party Messaging so I Abandon Facebook for Telegram|
|April 30, 2015|
Facebook Abandons 3rd-Party Messaging, apps like Pidgin, so I Abandon Facebook.
I have been using Facebook for many years, I even convinced people to leave Myspace for Facebook back in the day so it has been a site that I promoted for a long time but now Facebook has become a shell of its former self. Facebook is now only interested in locking their users to their platform rather than allowing them to use Facebook as they see fit as it used to be. In 2009, Facebook instituted Facebook Messenger through XMPP which meant I was able to connect my Facebook account to Pidgin or any other multi-protocol Instant Messaging (IM) client that I wanted to. This was great actually because it allowed me to use Facebook Chat without being forced to keep the website open which wasted resources since at the time Facebook's website was quite bloated . . . sadly, now it is actually more bloated.
Today, April 30th 2015, Facebook killed support for 3rd Party applications, like Pidgin, forcing people to make a decision between either giving up and accepting Facebook's lock-in web-client with no ability to use a desktop client of any kind or stop using Facebook Chat altogether. I already stopped using Facebook for many aspects and the only reasons I had an account was because of (1.) Facebook Messenger through Pidgin and (2.) I'm an Internet Marketer so I have to know the system for my job. Now thanks to this stupid decision to abandon XMPP support I now have only ONE reason to use it. I am excited for the day that services like they die and fade away because then the "Open Web" will be that much stronger, as it was meant to be.
Anyway, enough of my babbling, here is the short TL:DR (Too Long : Didn't Read) reason why I made this blog post. I'm will be leaving Facebook Messenger and I'm moving to Telegram. You should come with me . . .
I will no longer be available through Facebook Messenger except on very VERY rare occasions, so if you want to message me then you will need to use a different service. I will continue to check it occasionally but I can't promise anything faster than once a week so if you want my attention "instantly" which is the point after all then use something else.
"You could just use the Android/Mobile version so you don't have to use the website.", this is true but why would I do that? I can Swype pretty fast on my phone but I can type about 10x faster so why would I allow Facebook to force me to my smartphone?
So what are you going to be using now?
I am moving to this new messaging app called Telegram.
Telegram is exciting because of MANY reasons but here are a few that I can think of off the top of my head.
I can go on and on about Telegram and how awesome it is but if you are interested just comment below and I'll answer any question you may have or you can go to the Telegram FAQs for official responses.
What other options are there?
Google Hangouts via Google+ is an option, I use this as well. AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) and Yahoo IM still exist so those are options as well. I use everything integrated into Pidgin so I don't really care what you prefer to use to message me but if you want my main recommendation then nothing beats Telegram.
Ok, so you've got me interested in Telegram . . . what are the Cons of it?
Well it depends on what you consider a con because some people might find things I don't find a con that I would argue are benefits. I'll give you some possible cons that people might have an issue with and then why they aren't really cons.
I can't think of any more cons really but if someone else can, post a comment below and I'll address it there.
Thanks for reading this novel and I look forward to talking to you on Telegram. :)