Telegram now has 35 million users and has carried 8 billion messages in the last 30 days
That is a huge increase in usage for Telegram. Back in October, the app had 100,000 active daily members which is an incredible 14,900% increase in only 5 months. Besides catching some of the spotlight of the WhatsApp deal, Telegram also took advantage of the glitch that caused WhatsApp to go down last month. Telegram tweeted that it was signing up new members that day, at a rate of 100 a second! In that same tweet, the company said that with all of that activity, it was having a hard time holding on to its connections in Europe.
Telegram allows you to have group chats with up to 200 members, and you can even share up to 1GB in video. And with Secret Chats, a message uses end-to end encryption so that only the sender and the recipient can read it. No record of the message is kept on Telegram's servers and both sides can destroy the message so that there is no record that a Secret Chat was ever sent.
With no ads or subscription fees, you can see why Telegram is rapidly growing. You can find the app in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.
source: Telegram (iOS|Android) via TechCrunch