Telegram Vs Whatsapp Vs Status – Which Is Best?

The emergence and adoption of instant messaging applications halted the dominance of SMS (Short Message Service) as the primary means of communication on mobile devices. Aside from being the cheaper option, IM applications introduced many additional features like group chats, voice and video calls etc. The early behemoths such as AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), Yahoo and MSN attracted hundreds of millions of users and in a short while, chat apps surpassed SMS in global message volume.

Evolution of Instant Messaging

Instant messaging has however evolved over the years since these applications dominated the space in the early internet days. Heavyweights like Telegram, WhatsApp and Status are now at the frontline of this evolution and are relentless in enhancing user experience with extra features. Their mission to revolutionize instant messaging has sparked conversations on which is the best.

Below is a brief comparison of the three IM applications based on relevant metrics.

Security and Privacy

While Telegram and WhatsApp are undoubtedly popular choices, both instant messaging applications are based on web 2.0, which poses major security challenges. Cyber attackers often exploit vulnerabilities in these forms of IM applications through malware and phishing attacks. To buttress this security flaw, a scorecard made by Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) ranked some major IM applications only 2 out of 7 in terms of security and privacy.

Status is however reinventing the wheel by integrating cutting-edge blockchain technology with instant messaging. Based on web 3.0 and built on Ethereum blockchain, Status is pioneering a new era of decentralized instant messaging by enabling peer-to-peer, end-to-end encrypted communication rather than the conventional client-server. It promotes secure messaging by placing users in full custody of their information and providing the option of pseudo-anonymity.

Head of Marketing, Jonathan Zerah shed light on Status’ mission to redefine instant messaging in a recent chat with Blockster. He said:

“Status strives to be a secure communication tool that upholds human rights. Designed to enable the free flow of information, protect the right to private, secure conversations, and promote the sovereignty of individuals. Secure messaging and encryption is becoming increasingly important amidst countless data breaches, deplatforming, and censorship of all kinds. With this, Status has been making great strides in providing a community tool that combines a private messenger, secure crypto wallet, and decentralized application browser into one powerful Web3 Super App.”

Sign Up Process

WhatsApp and Telegram allows users to sign up with their phone numbers, after which a short code is sent via SMS to the number for verification. Signing up on both platforms is quite easy and hassle-free, though it is widely believed that this simplicity comes at the cost of security. Status features a first of its kind sign up method. To get started on Status, you need to select a three-word identity with which other users can find you.

Chat names are however not limited to the suggested options. Users can create a customized username using ENS (Ethereum Name Service). After selecting a chat name, the user will complete the sign-up process by inputting their password.

User Interface

All three instant messaging platforms feature intuitive user-friendly mobile and desktop applications. Telegram and WhatsApp started off with mobile versions before launching their desktop applications. Status is also currently available on mobile (iOS and Android), and its desktop application is also available in its beta stage.

Extra Features

New features like stories, group video and voice calls, view once media, among many others, promote healthy interaction on WhatsApp and aims to give it a clear edge over competitors. On the other hand, Telegram’s new suite of features ensures that it remains in contention. The developer-friendly IM platform introduced noise suppression during voice chats, screen sharing during video calls, and a dedicated bot menu among others in its new upgrade.

Status Network is going the extra mile to create a distributed ecosystem with end users at the epicenter of the community. It has an in-built cryptocurrency wallet and a web3 browser that enables users to safely surf the internet and access decentralized applications (dApps). The ecosystem is fully incentivized, and value is transferred through Status’ ERC-20 utility token SNT.

Conclusion

All three instant messaging applications have interesting features that provide an overall impressive experience for users. However, the growing need for better security, especially with the adoption of IM apps by businesses leaves more to be desired.

Censorship-resilience and the peer-to-peer chat model powered by blockchain could however provide the breakthrough needed and Status is taking a giant leap in this direction.

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