[tor-project] Future of Tor Messenger

Arthur D. Edelstein arthuredelstein at gmail.com
Thu Oct 26 08:16:15 UTC 2017

On Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 7:47 AM, Georg Koppen <gk at torproject.org> wrote:

> 1) It should not be a desktop-only application. [snip] So, let's tear this
desktop/mobile barrier down while thinking about the future.
> 2) It should support onion service-based chat protocols. [snip]

I wholeheartedly agree with these points. I would only add that for
chat apps in general, mobile has perhaps 20x-100x the users that
desktop has.[1] So if one had to initially choose between mobile and
desktop because of limited resources, I would suggest starting with
mobile and expanding to desktop as funding grew. Similar to Signal's

[1] The biggest desktop chat apps appear to be:
 - Slack, with ~9 million weekly users:
 - Discord, with ~9 million daily active users and 45 million
registered users:

Whereas the most popular mobile chat apps are apparently WhatsApp,
Facebook Messenger, QQ Mobile, and WeChat with close to 1 billion
users each: https://www.statista.com/statistics/258749/most-popular-global-mobile-messenger-apps/

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