Telegram: As part of a major update for its Android and iOS-based applications, Telegram is introducing new features such as reaction stickers, view once media, and music in stories, to name a few. In addition, the company rolled out updates to its Channels feature, as part of which the company is rolling out channel stories and enhancing user functionality.
Notably, these new features were released shortly after Meta rolled out the Channels feature to its users worldwide. Currently, WhatsApp channel admins can only share posts, while followers can only react to posts with messages. Telegram channels, on the other hand, provide users with a greater number of functionalities.
This new feature will allow Telegram users to grant their favorite channels the ability to post stories by providing them with boosts. According to Telegram, channels gain levels as they receive more boosts. For each level, they can add one additional story per day to the story feeds of their subscribers. At level 10, your channel gains over 15 resistance to trolls and access to unique administrator skins. This feature is available to Telegram Premium subscribers only.
In addition, the company states that Channels can request boosts via a special link. Telegram wrote in a blog post, “To get the boost link for your channel and see how many you need to level up, navigate to Channel Info > More > Statistics > Boosts.”
Reaction Stickers in Stories
Users and channels can add reaction stickers to their stories using this feature. This will allow viewers to respond with additional emojis with a single tap. Users can add a reaction sticker to a Telegram Channel post by tapping the cloud icon in the sticker panel and then selecting an emoji from the window’s dozens of options. Notably, non-premium subscribers can only add one reaction sticker to a post, while Premium subscribers can add up to five stickers and use any of their custom emojis.
Your Music in Stories
With this feature, Telegram users can add audio files to photo and video stories on their smartphones. To utilize this feature, users must access the sticker panel, tap the ‘Audio’ option, select a file, and then adjust the track to select any segment. “In video stories, you can retain the original sound and move your added audio track to any point, such as a BADUMMM-TSSSS! in the middle or some outro music,” Telegram explained in a blog post.
In 2013, Telegram added self-destructing media capabilities to its platform. Now, the company is implementing View Once settings in its app. Telegram claims that by tapping the View Once Icon in the media editor of any one-on-one chat, users can determine how long their photo or video will remain viewable after being opened. The option ranges from Once to thirty seconds. When a recipient opens a View-Once file, it is removed permanently from the chat.
New Login Alerts
Telegram stated that whenever a user’s account is accessed, a notification will be sent to all their devices. “To make this even more apparent, new logins now place this notification at the top of your chat list,” the company explained.