Decentralized Twitter alternative Bluesky has arrived as an invite-only iOS app

Bluesky, the decentralized project that originated from Twitter, has arrived in the Apple App Store as an invite-only social network, as first reported by TechCrunch. The list also gave us one of our first looks at the app, which resembles Twitter right down to the timeline and profile pages.

The project is backed by Jack Dorsey, the co-founder and former CEO of Twitter, and has been working on an app powered by its open-source social protocol for months now, called the Authenticated Transfer Protocol, or “AT Protocol ” in short. Bluesky describes it as a “federated social network” where separate networks exist within a hub.

According to Bluesky, AT Protocol is built on four main values: account portability; algorithmic; performance; and interoperability. This framework should allow you to easily transfer your account data to another Bluesky provider as well as give you more control over what you see on a network, among other things.

While Bluesky initially made the app available in a private beta for developers in October, it appears the company is ready to expand the test even further now that it’s on the App Store. The website doesn’t offer any details on when the app will be available to the general public or how many testers are allowed to use the app, but it does allow users to join a waitlist for access. -access.

The origin of the project within Twitter raises concerns about what will happen to Bluesky after the takeover of Elon Musk, since it relies on the social network for funding. However, last year, Bluesky became a different company, noticed that “Independence is essential to the success of the project,” added Dorsey to its board.

Judging by the screenshots posted on the App Store and those attached to TechCrunchAs part of a hands-on experience, Bluesky looks promising so far, featuring separate tabs for home, search, and notifications in addition to a Twitter-like “repost” ability. . We don’t know when (or if) Bluesky will come to Android, but I’m sure it will. With many Twitter alternatives like Bluesky, Mastodon, and Hive gaining traction, it almost feels like the golden age of social networks again.

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