In this guide, I’ll take you by the hand and walk you through Telegram, a good choice for NFT artists that want to ditch Discord and save precious time in an easier community building app.
What is Telegram
Telegram is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security, it’s super-fast, simple and free. You can use Telegram on all your devices at the same time — your messages sync seamlessly across any number of your phones, tablets or computers. Telegram has over 700 million monthly active users and is one of the 10 most downloaded apps in the world.
With Telegram, you can send messages, photos, videos and files of any type (doc, zip, mp3, etc), as well as create groups for up to 200,000 people or channels for broadcasting to unlimited audiences. You can write to your phone contacts and find people by their usernames. As a result, Telegram is like SMS and email combined — and can take care of all your personal or business messaging needs. In addition to this, we support end-to-end encrypted voice and video calls, as well as voice chats in groups for thousands of participants.
My personal take:
Since the lovely news that Telegram is striving more and more to become more web3, without KYC, I even love it more.
Telegram is an excellent way to have less notification stress and it has the same, if not better, options as Discord. Telegram won’t ever banish or silence you, as they did with me in April 2022. They blocked my IP adress most likely.
Same thing happened to me on Twitter, where my 2K account was banished without reason. Months of planning ahead was deleted. I never got my account back and had to start over
I think as an NFT artist and web3 enthusiast, this is no way of getting yourself out there, it just strikes so much against my principles.
Your own community
You can set up your own chat channel and news channel just like Discord.
In the new channel you can post every update, news and it will be pushed out with the ability to comment. But the comment section is actually the chat group.
- You can schedule posts here,
- Add Telegram bots (like mini games, an automated moderator or whatever you fancy)
- Host giveaways
- Host live streams with video and /or audio
- Forward messages from other Telegram channels
- And so much more!
This way, you won’t feel so digitally overwhelmed if you are just by yourself without a whole team behind you. Also it’s an excellent way to form your very own community exactly how you want it.
How to start
You can make a news channel like you can see on here with my very own channel, where you give updates and news to your community.
To create that:
- Make a channel.
- Give it a name,
- upload a logo/profile photo
- a description.
Write your newest tweets updates, news, publications, blog updates and many more.
You can pin them on top. With the pinned messages everybody can press on it and straight away see the most important information within seconds!
You can make a chat channel like you can see on here with my very own channel, where you:
- connect with your community.
- spread your daily GM’s
- make polls or quizes (with anonymous voting, multiple answers or quiz mode)
- You can also do video or audio group chats, just like on Twitter Spaces, but without the rugging! 🙂
- Share your favorite music
- Send your location
- Send stickers (you can also make your own stickers via a bot)
- Send GIFs
- Automate messages via a scheduling function
- Send short videos or audio texts
- Attach files/pictures from your phone
Create your own chat channel:
- Make a group.
- Give it a name,
- upload a logo/profile photo
- a description.
This group will be used for your community to chat with eachother, send your GM’s, to organise your web3 events, to share your party planner (Like Spatial events, Twitter Spaces or Decentraland parties) and you can add Telegram bots to add even more fun to your group!
The group can be linked to your news channel so all the posts written in your news channel get posted automatically in your chat group. (Go to the news channel, press the channels name, press the pencil icon and see the discussion tab to link your chat group to this channel)
How do those bots work? Can anyone do it?
Trust me, anyone can do it, without any coding skills. It does however, takes some time to get the hang of it.
The advantage is that with some bots, they can automatize some work for you.
The most fun one is the gaming bot.
You search in the main screen with the loop icon for ‘game’
With every bot you start him up by sending him a ‘/start’ chat.
It gives you a welcome message with instructions that 99% speak for itself.
Pick out a fun game and select the ‘with friends’ button. Search your chat channel and voila!
Now on to other bots!
My other favorite bot is the welcome bot!
I always want to give a warm welcome with all the needed information to my newest members of the chat group right away!
Let’s automatise this and start this up for you!
- Go to this channel: @jh0ker_welcomebot
- Add the bot to your channel as an admistrator.
- In the chat channel type: ‘/welcome + your welcome text as it should appear’ If you want to say ‘Hi username’ put instead of username ‘$username’ and when somebody joins it automatically will change to the username of this account.
Promote your NFT's
Twitter and Discord are the unwritten norm to promote your NFT’s. But I’d like to think outside of the boxes and in web3 ways. So with Telegram you actually can mingle in several promotional groups to get your name out there.
Here are the links of the groups to join:
Drop your NFTs
I hope you enjoyed my beginner’s guide to Telegram. Telegram is not only a way to build up a community but you can also use it as an alternative to WhatsApp for your private message chatting. I also use it as a social media where I join many fun, artistic and news channels that keep me up to date and inspired.
I am certainly no expert but I love to write blogs for you with my new found, personal wisdom.
I’m sure my beginners guide will evolve when times passes.
Also, I find that right now, it’s the right time to start your journey in to web3 that feels right for you personally. Why? Because you never know where it will take you as in your digital NFT/web3 path.
So try it out for yourself, see if has any value for you.