According to TechCrunch, the invite-only social network Bluesky, a decentralised initiative that began within Twitter, is now available on the Apple App Store. The listing also provides one of the first looks at the programme itself, which has a timeline and profile pages that are strikingly similar to Twitter’s.
Jack Dorsey, co-founder and former CEO of Twitter, is behind the project and has been working on an app powered by its open-source social protocol, the Authenticated Transmission Protocol, or “AT Protocol,” for months. Bluesky calls it a “federated social network,” meaning that it is composed of multiple networks that are all connected through a central point.
Account portability, algorithmic soundness, performance, and interoperability are the four pillars upon which AT Protocol is erected, as stated by Bluesky. The goal of this framework is to provide you greater control over what you view while browsing the web and make it easy to switch from one Bluesky provider to another.
The software was released by Bluesky in a closed beta for developers in October, but now that it’s available on the App Store, it seems the firm is eager to open up the beta to a wider audience. A queue is available on the website, but no information is provided regarding when the app would be released to the public or how many people will be allowed to try it.
Concerns regarding the future of Bluesky, which had its start at Twitter and was dependent on the social network for finance, arose after Elon Musk took control of the company. Under the belief that “independence is vital to the success of the project,” Bluesky branched off as a new firm last year and recruited Dorsey to serve on its board.
Bluesky seems promising so far, with its Twitter-like “repost” ability and different tabs for home, search, and notifications, as seen in the screenshots posted on the App Store and mentioned in the article on TechCrunch. I’d love for Bluesky to become available on Android, but we don’t know when that will happen. Bluesky, Mastodon, and Hive are just a few of the Twitter alternatives that are gaining popularity, and it’s beginning to feel like the heyday of social media once more.