Telegram Enhances User Experience with Fresh Update Featuring Similar Channels and More

As one of the top downloaded apps across the globe, Telegram continues to expand its user base with regular updates that improve functionality and privacy, a key reason for its favor among numerous international entities. The latest round of Telegram updates, following suit from the previous month's additions, includes several new features that may not be of daily use but are nice to have available.

The most notable update brings in the concept of similar channels. This takes a page out of the social media playbook, where following a new account prompts suggestions for additional, similar accounts. Telegram, keen on tailoring its user experience, employs various metrics to recommend related channels. These metrics could include the user's current subscriptions, engagement with content, and the amount of time spent on a particular channel. Users can easily discover these suggestions on a channel's main page. It's important to differentiate that these channels cater to broadcast content, as opposed to groups which are intended for individual chat sessions.

Following the trend set by other social platforms, Telegram has ramped up its stories capability. Initially popularized by Snapchat, then widely implemented by Meta through Instagram and Facebook, stories have become a staple feature. Telegram jumps on this bandwagon by introducing the ability to repost other users' stories, much like Instagram and Facebook currently offer. Furthermore, Telegram steps it up by adding video messages for stories. Users can now record and overlay comments on an image within a story—a unique feature that even Instagram hasn't introduced.

There is also a segment of updates that are more cosmetic in nature. Premium users are now able to customize their profile page with different background colors that also modify the background of their message boxes. Individual chat themes can also be personalized to one's liking. For all users, the voice-to-text function has graduated from being a premium-only feature to a standard one. Moreover, the update includes the ability for users to view statistics for their stories, use custom emojis within channels, and for those who write code, the option to highlight syntax.

In October, Telegram focused its update on refining message quoting for clearer communication and enhancing custom link previews. While many of these updates echo features already seen in other social media applications, Telegram's new addition of video overlays for stories is quite innovative. This particular feature has the potential to make waves and could very well be replicated by other social platforms in the near future.