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Telegram is a mostly open source chat system (web and app-based) which acts as a social network due to features like group chats and channels, originally intended as a drop-in replacement for WhatsApp.

Like Facebook pages/groups and Twitter, Telegram chats can contain a significant amount of history (text, audio/video and images) of various online communities, as well as personal digital history of course. Means of exporting:

Telegram Channels

Channels on Telegram are essentially public streams of posts, similar to Twitter or RSS.

Since 2019-06-01 (update blog post), it is possible to "preview" channels on the web, e.g. @Telegram. This can possibly be used to archive Telegram channels with ArchiveBot. It is unknown if all messages are scraped reliably, because that may depend on JavaScript.

A List Of Notable Channels

See also

Instant messengers
First generation IRCICQAIMMSN MessengerXMPPSkypeGoogle Talk
Second generation Facebook MessengerWhatsAppKikSnapchatLineTelegramDiscord