Bluesky, also known as Bluesky Social, a much-coveted alternative to Twitter, is all set to be open to the public. Founded by Twitter’s co-founder, Jack Dorsey, Bluesky continues to serve as one of the micro-blogging platforms only after Elon Musk’s X.
The service, which came to work for Beta last year, had about 3 million sign-ups. Now, with access for anyone to join, the app can see a sudden spike in its users.
Bluesky, which was initiated as an internal project at Jack Dorsey’s Twitter, ended its association soon after Elon Musk took over the platform. As a decentralized social media platform, Bluesky could discover the faults of several platforms like Facebook, X, and TikTok.
We believe that the future of society is, and should be, open and decentralized. This is something that we think is good for the public conversation overall,
claimed Bluesky CEO Jay Graber.
For those who are unaware of Bluesky’s first hype cycle last spring, this application is similar to Twitter’s “X” and Threads. While the posts are called “skeets,” they are displayed in a straightforward chronological timeline. Additionally, Bluesky also features various algorithmic feeds made by fellow users.
Comparatively similar to Mastedon and other services that are built on the ActivityPub protocol, Bluesky uses its own standard called the AT Protocol. Nevertheless, Bluesky follows the version provided by the company itself, and within time, it is expected to change as Bluesky likes to experiment with federation.
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.” Garber argues about threads that may be showing some support for open-source protocols.