Telegram is adding support for hashtags and mentions in group chats in its apps. Also, users in group chats can now quote a previous chat in a reply. According to Telegram, the functions should bring ‘order’ out of the chaos that group chats sometimes are now.
If a user has a username on Telegram, a mention ensures that that user receives a push notification, even if that user has notifications turned off for that conversation, says the company behind Telegram. Hashtags allow users to indicate what a post is about and thus make it easier to find posts on the same topic later, the company believes.
The quote function should make it easier to respond to a message that has been posted a while ago and is therefore no longer the last message in a group chat. The features should make group chats “more like 2015” according to Telegram.
Telegram is a chat program that was briefly in the spotlight as an alternative to WhatsApp when the chat app announced last year that it had been acquired by Facebook.