1 in the social networking category, ahead of Facebook, Whats App, Kik, and others.
It’s not immediately clear why Telegram emerged as the alternative of choice following Whats App’s downtime.
"The growth was there — so the Whats App acquisition and problems merely multiplied the effect across all affected countries." According to app analytics site App Annie, Telegram started truly gaining steam on February 17th, days before the Whats App news even hit.
Built by the pioneering Durov brothers behind Russia’s largest social network, VKontakte (also known as VK), Telegram is a messaging service combining the speed of Whats App with Snapchat’s ephemerality and advanced new security measures.
"We’re not building a ‘user base,’ we are building a messenger for the people." If Telegram ever "runs out" of the money supplied by the Durov brothers, the company says, it will ask for donations from its users.