I assume everyone already knows what IRC is as the wiki talks about it, but Telegram is new branching out.
Telegram is WhatsApp-like instant messenger except that it doesn’t require phone number to be shown to every group member (and actually shows it to no one unless people have it in their contacts already.
How does it differ from IRC? Mainly you also see messages that were sent when you were offline or even before you joined the supergroup.
Telegram is branching out from IRC, bećause there is a bot (Teleuforia) which sends all messages from IRC to Telegram and vice versa.
Update: Joining doesn’t mean that your phone will beep of every new message, in Telegram Web / Telegram Desktop you can click the group name and turn off notifications, with Android (and most likely iOS & others) you can press three dots menu and choose
mute and select
disable and you will only get notified when people reply to your message or you are
Update on 2016-04-27: We have renamed from
@Antergos as tbe username got free. The former is now channel that informs of the move and tells users visiting it to spam the person giving them old link.
If Telegram has cached the old owner of that username, try this invite link instead.