I’ve been trying for a while now to switch people over to Kontalk, but unfortunately my success is not at the level I would wish for. I was wondering what the experiences of others are.
What would you say is the main issue that is preventing Kontalk’s adoption?
- Awareness - Not many of my contacts care about privacy, encryption, decentralization, etc.
- Popularity - Very few of my contacts, even those that care about privacy, use it
- Anonymity - Kontalk requires a phone number to register an account
- Technical - Not using popular standards for encryption
- Features - Kontalk lacks options in comparison to other messengers
- Development - Slow in shipping major releases with new characteristics
- Did you manage to get people to check out Kontalk?
- What arguments did you use?
- Did they stick around?
- If people started using Kontalk and then stopped, did they give you a reason?
Personally I managed to have a few members of my family using it, even though they did not really switch from other messengers, just using it in parallel. Still it’s good to know that my everyday communications are on a platform I trust and care about. I also have some contacts from the FOSS communities am involved.
Unfortunately I never managed to have my friends switch to it, even though I know some are on Signal, so to some extent care about their privacy.