Twitter alternative, Bluesky is now available in the App store after many speculations since Elon Musk’s acquisition of the platform. The project backed by former CEO and Co-founder of Twitter Jack Dorsey has unexpectedly come into the picture after its last update in October 2022.
Bluesky early on started under the roof of Twitter when Jack Dorsey was still the CEO. This was one of the reasons why it was financially backed by Twitter in the early years of its development. This was way before Elon Musk took over the reins of Twitter. Even before the acquisition, there were some conversations over text between Dorsey and Musk. It was where Dorsey provided an idea that there is a need for a new platform that cannot be a company.
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Although the app is available in the App store but is still only available as an invite-only beta. But this launch has been a signal that Bluesky will finally be available as an app on other platforms as well. The speed of the release is very slow but with the protocols that Jack Dorsey has plans to follow will definitely take time taking into consideration the recent takeover.
ADX now known as Authenticated Transfer Protocol or AT protocol was the main work of the Bluesky team. A last year blog on the same defines it as a “new federated social network. It integrates ideas from the latest decentralized technologies into a simple, fast, and open network.” Hereafter the AT Protocol website was launched. The idea behind this was to create an open-source and decentralized protocol where you have the freedom of porting your data from one provider to another without it being owned by corporations with no accountability. Another feature that AT Protocol is unique is Open algorithms mode that provides you full control over what you see and who you can reach.
But with the recent takeover of Twitter, there have been speculations regarding the control that Twitter could have on the platform considering its early investments. An answer to these speculations lies in the last year’s tweet by Bluesky that iterated’ “Twitter’s funding of Bluesky is not subject to any conditions except one: that Bluesky is to research and develop technologies that enable open and decentralized public conversation.” The tweet also acknowledged the amount it has received saying’ “Bluesky has received $13 million to ensure we have the freedom and independence to get started on R&D.”
Twitter's funding of Bluesky is not subject to any conditions except one: that Bluesky is to research and develop technologies that enable open and decentralized public conversation.
— bluesky (@bluesky) April 25, 2022
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Bluesky had put out its plan of releasing a beta version soon in the blog it published in October 2022. Well that the Twitter Alternative Bluesky is now available in App Store it would be interesting to see how the users react as it has been released without the presence of any big personalities or tech experts reviewing it first.
Source: Bluesky Blog