Telegram: Building a global collaboration network for research.

Twitter has grown popular in recent times amongst researchers and non-academicians alike. A lot of it has to do with an “open-discourse” network which allows researchers of all hues to connect. It has its advantages but significant tradeoffs related to restrictions on written word without being comprehensive. You could have a “threaded” point of view, but that defeats the entire purpose of being on Twitter (namely, brevity).

Twitter arose as a platform for “real-time discovery” of content to deliver “breaking news”. A large number of fake accounts serve to fatten their valuation. Saudi Arabia holds a significant stake in Twitter that should reframe the conversation in terms of the guarantee of user privacy given its own stance on restricted individual freedoms locally. Twitter has a stranglehold on users through behavioural targeting of advertisements and tracking their movements across the web.

Not everyone is adept in managing ad blocking, scripts or even DNS level blocks. It took me several iterations to get a tradeoff between a working solution and blocking ad trackers there.


As an ad-free business model and emphasis on user privacy (and security), I use and recommend Telegram instead to collaborate. The most notable advantages are:

  1. Groups can be public or private. Public groups are searchable.
  2. Any group can accommodate 200,000 members, Group management bots can easily manage conversations based on specific rules.
  3. Telegram’s generous file limits allow sharing of PDF’s/ videos/ multimedia content.

However, I also understand the demands on time. I have benefitted from it immensely. In a way, I’d like to provide my own community with a chance to discover a platform that would enrich them many times over.