Thursday, November 14, 2019

Join Our New St. Lucia Times Notification Channel

We're moving from WhatsApp to the Telegram App.

Note: If you just want to install the Telegram App and get our news channel, click here.

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. In our case, necessity was the mother of investigation.

For years, we’ve been using WhatsApp to send our headlines to our readers. However, we’re moving from WhatsApp to Telegram.

We’re also proud to announce that we’re the first online news service in St. Lucia to start using the Telegram app for news broadcasts.

There were many advantages to using WhatsApp for news:

  • People didn’t have to have internet access at the moment our news was sent. Even if you didn’t have internet, you would still get all of our headlines delivered as soon whenever you connected to WiFi – just get home, relax, lie down in the couch and browse through what you may have missed during the day.
  • Also, getting news delivered to you was very convenient for most. They didn’t have to manually keep checking our website to see if there was anything new…it just came.

However, WhatsApp had many disadvantages for news:

  • Having over 9,000 WhatsApp subscribers was an amazing feat, but sending headlines proved very challenging because WhatsApp broadcast groups had a limit of 256 users. You can imagine how tedious it must have been to send 1 headline to over 9,000 people.
  • Additionally, in order to comply with a recent policy, we decided to stop sending our news broadcasts to our readers using WhatsApp.

For many of our readers, stopping our WhatsApp news was heartbreaking. We received many sad faced emojis and downhearted expressions along with appreciation for the years of broadcasts.

The loss of these conveniences led to the biggest question from many of our WhatsApp subscribers: “How will we get news delivered now?

Of course, we have our web notifications, but that too presents its share of issues: it doesn’t work on all browsers and each headline we send erases the previous notification, so if you miss a headline, you won’t be able to browse through a list of what you missed in one convenient place like a WhatsApp chat window.

We needed to investigate alternatives. In our search, we found the Telegram app. This app works just like WhatsApp and the setup is quite similar to what you would do when setting up a new WhatsApp account. It’s available for Android, iPhone, iPad, and even PCs and Macs.

Using the Telegram app, we created our first ever St. Lucia Times News Channel.

5 Steps to Get the St. Lucia Times News Channel

Note: If you already have the Telegram app installed, skip to STEP 2.

STEP 1: Using a mobile device, install the Telegram app by clicking here. Just follow the setup instructions which are similar to setting up a new WhatsApp account.

STEP 2: After you install the app, go to our Telegram News Channel by either 1) searching for “St Lucia Times” in the Telegram app, or 2) clicking the following link on your mobile device:

STEP 3: Once clicked, you’ll see the following page:


STEP 4: Click the green button called View in Telegram.

STEP 5: Once our news channel opens in Telegram, click “Join“.

That’s it! You’re now part of our news channel. Sit back, relax, and enjoy our news.

Having problems installing the Telegram app? Watch a tutorial here.


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