Telegram Gained 3 Million New Users During FB / IG Downtime & People Suddenly Know How Handsome Telegram CEO Is

Image: BigTunaOnline / + Facebook/Pavel Durov

As the old dictum goes, “One man’s meat is another man’s poison.”

In this case, the poison that was Facebook’s outage, proved to be a delectable piece of steak for Telegram.

If you are unaware, Facebook and another three of its popular applications faced massive outage on Thursday, 13 March (Singapore Time) morning, “in what was reported to be the biggest outage suffered by the social media giant across the globe.” according to this ST report.

The other three applications in question were Instagram, Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger (all, of course, are under Facebook’s children).

Image: TechCrunch

One man’s meat is another man’s poison

And yet, this was the time yet for Telegram, the go-to platform for youths in Singapore, to shine.

Just like a juicy sheen on a well-done medium rare Tomahawk steak.

In a message shared on his Telegram channel, Pavel Durov wrote: “I see 3 million new users signed up for Telegram within the last 24 hours.”

If you are wondering who Pavel Durov is, I literally mean “his” Telegram, for Durov is indeed Telegram’s founder with a cool net-worth of US$2.7 billion.

His message contained still, a less-than-subtle swipe at Facebook saying: “Good, we have true privacy and unlimited space for everyone.”

Image: Telegram/ Pavel Durov

And no, I don’t mean the swipe-right-on-Tinder sort of awesome swipe.

More like this kind of.

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If you are unaware of the allusion Durov was making, there’s no doubt he was referring to Facebook immense and intense privacy issues which saw Zuckerberg hauled to Congress for testimony.

More recently, Zuckerberg stated publicly that Facebook was on its way to becoming a more “private” platform with a shift to “encrypted services.”

While you may Mark his words, it does sound a whole lot like the current Telegram incarnate, already.


That said, I would like to take this opportunity to point out that Kinmun Lee, aka Mr Brown, appears to be rather prescient by way of his tweets.

While the embers were brightly burning in the early throes of Facebook’s outage, Mr Brown had actually called for consideration of alternatives.

Here’s some screenshot of his crystal-ball gazing abilities.

Image: Twitter/mrbrown

Founders Mark Kut Teh or the other one with Yellow Signboard along Balestier road

And since we are on the topic of notable personalities and founders, and with seemingly no possible, seamless and rational segue into the next portion of my article, I’ll just wing it.

True be told, Mark Zuckerberg is what Founder Bak Kut Teh is to bak kut teh; he is the OG of social networking and social media, has had a movie made in his image in The Social Network, and is really worth only US$64 billion.

Compared to his reach and influence, Pavel Durov appears only to be a youngling in this field, though he’s technically the same age as Mark Zuckerberg.

But By God, have you seen how he looks?

Image: Facebook/Pavel Durov
Image: Facebook/Pavel Durov
Image: Google Search on Pavel Durov

At this point in time, my feet is soaked in knee-deep saline solution.

Editor 1: Am I crying or is his first photograph in shallow focus? I cannot see the background..

Editor 2: But Pavel Durov’s face shines so bright like a diamond..

Editor 3: And his ab’s so defined like Merriam-Webster’s dictionary.

Colleague Girl A: Why Goody Feed founder looks like shit while Telegram founder looks like diamond?

Colleague Girl B: I’m okay to make six babies with him

Colleague Girl C: Is that Mark Zuckabird?

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