Telegram channels are an excellent way for publications, companies, and individuals to broadcast information on a topic, and a new Telegram channel can be created within minutes. While users can also search for different channels on the platform, the availability of hundreds of thousands can make it difficult for people to select one. To help solve this, Telegram provides a blue tick to make it easier for anyone to quickly identify an official Telegram channel.
The messaging platform came into existence in 2013 and launched channels in 2015. According to Telegram, “media organizations and public figures use channels to stay in touch with their readers, voters, and fans.” The platform also clarifies that the content shared in public channels is available on the Web and indexed by search engines. Due to this, admins should always be careful of what they share on a Telegram channel.
Telegram channels are a one-way broadcast tool (members cannot participate in the conversation) for sending messages or providing updates to a large audience. For example, channels allow unlimited members unlike Telegram groups which only permit a maximum of 200,000 members to join. A Telegram channel can be either public or private, each update/message sends a notification to the user, and only admins are allowed to send messages. In a way, Telegram channels are like WhatsApp Broadcast lists, but with more features.
To create a Telegram channel, users need to tap on ‘New Message‘ and select ‘New Channel.’ Following this, they will need to provide a channel name and description, which generally contains information about the main topic of the channel. Users then have to select whether their Telegram channel is public or private. To clarify, anyone can join public channels by searching or with a public link. In contrast, users need an invitation link to join a private Telegram channel. By default, newly created channels are set to private. Once done with the settings, users are asked to add subscribers from their contacts before launching the channel.
To find a Telegram channel, users can check the online repository where channels are listed along with their names and topics. For instance, users who want to follow a channel for updates related to technology can open the Telegram repository, select Technology and then join any of the available channels from the list. In addition, users can also find specific Telegram channels by using search terms or by searching the name of the channel.
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