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How to Bridge Facebook Messenger and Telegram

Note: this integration is no longer available

Both Telegram and Facebook Messenger are fantastic products—best in class. (Although, you have to agree—Messenger has the better domain name.)

You're lucky if your entire messaging world is neatly confined within the Telegram or the Messenger network. If your world happens to be randomly split between the two… well, then, you're switching like crazy. Welcome to the future!

We wrote about how we (the people) and our corporate overlords put our efforts together to build this future in an earlier post about Google Hangouts.

The good news is all of us at Sameroom are working hard to reintroduce some interoperability back into our lives. Today, I'm going to show how to sync up a chat in Telegram with one in FB Messenger.

It can be done in two steps:

  1. Add your Telegram and Messenger accounts to Sameroom Accounts;
  2. Bridge a contact or group in Telegram (Side A) with a contact or group in Messenger (Side B) via the Open a Tube flow.

You can adjust how your messages appear on the other side by configuring posting options.

Note: you can also create a Portal to your Telegram or Messenger group and share the Portal URL with others. They'll be able to join from whatever platform they like (and we support). Here is a video that shows how to share a Slack channel—it will work exactly the same way with Telegram or Messenger—https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il-ybcQZYT8.

Questions or comments? We watch our Twitter account like FBI watches Pintero's restaurant in Enemy of the State.

Connect Hangouts with Telegram

Telegram is a fast and reliable messaging service that works quite well in conditions of poor connectivity.

Hangouts is a messaging service where everyone you know has an account.

Both services use proprietary, closed protocols. Hence, a dilemma: how to use Telegram to chat with your contacts on Hangouts? (Or the other way around.)

Sameroom can help.

Add your Hangouts and Telegram accounts to https://sameroom.io/accounts and then open Tubes between contacts or groups on Telegram (side B) and contacts or groups on Hangouts (side A).

If you have any questions about getting this to work, please ping us on Twitter.

Connect Skype and Telegram

Compared to Skype, Telegram is amazingly lightweight and nimble. It works well during poor connectivity, high latency, and low bandwidth conditions. In many ways, it’s the opposite of Skype.

Wouldn’t it be great to use Telegram to chat with users on Skype?

Congratulations: now you can!

First, add your Skype and Telegram accounts to Sameroom here: https://sameroom.io/accounts.

Second, create a Tube between your group or contact on Skype and your group or contact in Telegram: https://sameroom.io/open-a-tube. Choose the groups or contacts for side A and side B in the dropdown menu.

Wait for an automated message to appear in both Skype and Telegram with a link to your Sameroom map. Once that happens, all communication between the two groups will be synchronized.

There are some limitations for both platforms, you can learn about these here: https://sameroom.io/limitations.

For information about Sameroom security, please visit https://sameroom.io/blog/sameroom-security-overview/.

If you have any questions, reach out on Twitter!

Announcing Support for Telegram Messenger

By @abs

Telegram is a relatively recent player in the instant messaging arena. It was launched as “secure, free messaging” just two months after Edward Snowden leaked a gigantic heap of NSA documents—which you might have heard a little something about. These leaked documents outlined, in part, the extent of government surveillance on everyday communications.

Telegram subsequently—and rapidly—amassed many fans—who loved the idea of free, secure messaging. It also met its share of naysayers—who challenged the company’s security claims.

The ensuing skirmishes between cryptography experts and the Telegram team went largely unnoticed by the public. Telegram proved to be a fast, featureful instant messaging service. Meanwhile, rapid development iterations and aggressive grassroots marketing, fed by the anti-establishment streak of its sponsors and makers, helped it grow.

The platform now claims to deliver 10B daily messages (or “telegrams,” in the parlance of Telegram). This number puts the technology in direct competition with WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, iMessage, Google Hangouts, and SMS (to name a few). More telling, however, is the fact that this number is a ten-fold increase, from the 1B daily messages they touted, only eight months ago.

Telegram is a highly unusual internet entity—it is the first ever consumer service with mass worldwide adoption that isn’t backed by a corporation, venture capitalists, or a government. The operation is largely bankrolled by Pavel Durov, who co-founded VKontakte, the wildly-successful Russian equivalent of Facebook. At the time when all free media in Russia was undergoing the process of becoming not free, Durov sold his share of the company for a few hundred million dollars. Alisher Usmanov, a business magnate with close ties to the Kremlin, bought his stake. [1] Durov then left the country to become a sort of a 21st century Captain Nemo.

Telegram has an open API, but this mostly exists as a curiosity for security researchers—its complexity tests the bounds of the word “interface,” rendering the API largely useless for developers. The official, simple way to add functionality to Telegram is the Telegram Bot Platform. For example, the @integram bot can be used to integrate Telegram with source control systems, such as GitHub or Bitbucket.

It’s certainly one of the more colorful stories we’ve come upon—at least for a chat platform. However, the real point of today’s post is to make note of yet another integration! Yes, Sameroom now integrates with Telegram! Sort of cool, isn’t it? [tweet]

I should also note that the integration does not use the bot platform. This is for two reasons: First, we began work on the integration before the bot platform was released. Second, using the bot platform would require us to rewrite a large portion of Sameroom’s core plumbing. That said, we hope to see a @sameroom Telegram bot in the future.

The new integration lets you connect conversations in Telegram to ones in Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Slack, Gitter, HipChat, Campfire, Fleep, Flowdock, IRC—and even more (soon).

To get started, sign in to Sameroom with Telegram.

[1] http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702304856504579342643787770488

Thanks to Eric Karjaluoto for help with grammer and punctuation.