@mewmew telegram cos it "just works", attachments, group chats, text formatting, clients for every major platform, 3rd party clients exist, web chat exists, easy to set up, doesnt use hella battery or like record your life like facebook messenger, cross device history, forwarding and replying, themeing in most clients and has some amount of privacy to name a few reasons
@mewmew Gonna have to punch in for IRC here too, as one of the last zoomers to use it during Rizon's heyday, I miss it dearly. Fedi helps fill the void somewhat, that being said.
(also, since no one is going to vote for it, but WeChat is incredibly slick as a platform and can do things like voicecalls over 2G/EDGE that I've seen no other platform reliably do. That being said, it's Chinese spyware and proprietary software)
@mewmew additionally i use discord for voice calls and communities. just works, low barrier of entry, working client on most platforms, good integration of voice and text, good community management, popular, has fun stuff like custom emoji
@ivesen@mewmew It actually works really well on the user side! I was amazed actually, Delta Chat seems like the kind of thing that's an affront to all that is good and holy, but it works, works well, even on iOS of all platforms!
@mewmew I'm probably in the minority in this, but I don't much care for real-time chat. I used to frequently use IRC and IM services (AIM, ICQ, etc.) years ago, but not anymore. (These days I only ever use IRC to XDCC download stuff, never to actually chat.)
I chose SMS/MMS in the poll because I use it more like short e-mail. While I can and do sometimes have near-real-time conversations with people over SMS, it's usually more asynchronous, that is, we don't necessarily reply immediately. (It's still quicker than e-mail, though; most people I know will at least pay attention to an SMS notification, while they'll ignore their e-mail for days at a time.)
I've tried to convince friends and family to use Wire, since it would give me the option of using a real keyboard when I'm near my computer, but haven't had any luck so far.
@mewmew I'm strictly not a fan of any chat network that hates third-party clients. After narrowing those out, XMPP strikes the best balance, IMO, between random nattering and more formal discussion (eg. event planning, or topic chat rooms).
@mewmew This reminds me, did the rest of the world not use Yahoo messenger? Back in the old days, where I live, you were basically forced to use YM because everyone else in the country with internet was also using that. We didn't even call it by it's full name. Just "messenger", because no one knew any better.
in all seriousness, i have no idea. i mostly use discord nowadays, but it's by no means my favorite, i mostly use it bc everyone else does. xmpp is alright and i like its decentralized nature, but it lacks quite a bit of features so idk
@mewmew I prefer and use moslty Matrix because it allows for flawless bridging with Telegram and IRC (tho not XMPP, a shame cuz I like that protocol too), it has a lot of more advanced features like formatting, stickers, replys, e2ee, reactions, calls, video calls and stuff like that. I also like to have my own server and it being free software. Matrix to me feels like a Discord (in the group chat server and videocall way) and like Telegram in the direct chat way
@mewmew I prefer @matrix because it is an open, federated protocol, Riot is a great, easy-to-use, open source client working on all major platforms, lots of other clients are in active development and it comes with E2E encryption...
Federation is a must for me. I would have liked for XMPP to gain more traction, but it is really missing good clients (except for Conversations on Android)...
@mewmew Discord because of its ease of use to non-tech people and widespread adoption amongst gamers. I know privacy there isn’t great, so I don’t use it for anything important, but it’s a large hub for a community I help manage.
@firstname.lastname@example.org Favorite is SMS, just because everyone has a phone, a phone number that is very easy to remember and it works with all phones without exception ^^ But also, it's mainly discord, especially for friend and work, because everyone uses Discord 😑