Bluesky hits 2 million users
Bluesky hits 2 million users

Bluesky officially opens to everyone

What To Know

  • The platform, launched in beta last spring, currently boasts slightly over 3 million users, with the potential for rapid growth now that users no longer need an invitation to join.
  • Although smaller than its counterparts and lacking a direct messaging feature, Bluesky has attracted former high-profile Twitter users and those seeking a more unconventional Twitter experience, less influenced by Elon Musk.
  • Much like Mastodon and other services in the fediverse built on the ActivityPub protocol, Bluesky operates on its open-source standard called AT Protocol.
  • Graber distinguishes, “If they integrate with ActivityPub, you would still be on a Facebook-owned app with this little window into a more open world, and it wouldn’t be as easy to leave.

Bluesky, the open-source alternative to Twitter, is eliminating its waitlist and opening its decentralized platform to everyone. The platform, launched in beta last spring, currently boasts slightly over 3 million users, with the potential for rapid growth now that users no longer need an invitation to join.

This marks a significant moment for Bluesky, originally an internal project at Jack Dorsey’s Twitter. Bluesky, which distanced itself from the entity now known as X after Elon Musk’s takeover, is part of the burgeoning movement advocating for decentralized social media.

Proponents argue that this approach could address many of the drawbacks associated with centrally-controlled platforms like Facebook, X, and TikTok.

Bluesky CEO Jay Graber emphasizes, “We believe that the future of social is, and should be, open and decentralized. We think this is good for the public conversation overall.”

For those unfamiliar with Bluesky, it operates similarly to X and Threads. Posts, affectionately dubbed “skeets” by early users, default to a chronological timeline, though users can also follow various algorithmic feeds created by others.

Shortly, Bluesky will adopt a similar approach to content moderation, allowing third parties to create their own “labeling services” for Bluesky content.

Although smaller than its counterparts and lacking a direct messaging feature, Bluesky has attracted former high-profile Twitter users and those seeking a more unconventional Twitter experience, less influenced by Elon Musk.

Much like Mastodon and other services in the fediverse built on the ActivityPub protocol, Bluesky operates on its open-source standard called AT Protocol. While exclusive to Bluesky, the company plans to experiment with federation, enabling other developers and groups to create their instances of Bluesky.

Bluesky CEO Jay Graber explains, “The protocol is like a permanently open API. And that means that developer creativity can go wild.”

While the landscape of Twitter alternatives has evolved since Bluesky’s launch, with Meta’s Threads app reaching 130 million users, Bluesky remains committed to true decentralization.

Graber distinguishes, “If they integrate with ActivityPub, you would still be on a Facebook-owned app with this little window into a more open world, and it wouldn’t be as easy to leave. We hope that the AT Protocol universe lets people get in between different apps, and different services a lot easier.”

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