The activity of Antares Capital's investment pool does not imply instant sale of the GRAM token but consolidation of small and medium-sized investors for the purpose of purchasing the rights to the future GRAM tokens at a significant discount from investment funds/investors before they are released for the public ICO. The rights to the GRAM tokens are bought out from participants of the closed rounds, and will be distributed via the platform among all the clients of the pool. From now on, a similar approach will be used for closed rounds of initial investments, syndicate presale and resale, presale ICOs of companies, states, and cryptocurrencies.
With the aid of a special API, third-party developers can create “bots”, special accounts controlled by programs. Typical bots respond to special commands on personal and group chats, they can also perform an Internet search or complete other tasks, they are used for entertainment and business purposes.
In September 2015, Pavel Durov announced that possibilities for monetization and ad placement in bots would appear soon.
On May 18, 2017, the payment API for bots was presented. For the users to be able to test that function, the Telegram team created a test bot offering to buy the “Time Machine” (money wasn’t taken from users).
The communication tool in the format of public channels can be considered the key feature distinguishing the Telegram messenger from its competitors. This method allows the author or group of authors both to share information with an unlimited set of people, with minimum distance between the reader and the content, and to preserve anonymity at the same time. In this case, publications of content from different channels, unlike social networks, are not united into one feed, and are not ranked by the users’ engagement but by time.
From the conceptual point of view, channels give the readers, on the one side, the possibility to feel at the same level with the author (publications of channels look the same as exchange of personal messages, only without the possibility for readers to publish their answers), and on the other side, they allow users to consume content in the convenient coordinate system in the format of a separate dialogue (starting out from the chronology of material publishing).
The service is based on the MTProto technology for correspondence encryption developed by Pavel's brother, Nikolay. Telegram itself was initially an experiment of the DigitalFortress company owned by Pavel, for the purpose of testing MTProto with high loads