Jack Dorsey’s decentralized Twitter rival enters app retailer

Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of the social networking platform Twitter, is progressing with Bluesky — a decentralized Twitter different — as its cellular software enters personal beta testing.

Bluesky has hit the Apple app retailer as an invite-only app, permitting sure individuals to check out the brand new social expertise by creating an account by way of an invitation code.

In response to a report by TechCrunch, the Bluesky iOS app debuted on Feb. 17, amassing about 2,000 installs as of Feb. 28. The app is reportedly not but accessible for Android testers on Google Play.

On Bluesky’s app retailer preview, the rival app appears to be like very very like Twitter, with the interface having a variety of Twitter-like options, together with how handles, followers, posts and replies are offered. In an analogous model to Twitter, the Bluesky app’s feed additionally has likes, feedback and reposts.

Bluesky iPhone screenshots. Supply: App Retailer

In response to TechCrunch, the app permits customers to create a submit of as much as 265 characters or simply fewer than Twitter’s 280 characters. As an alternative of Twitter’s “What’s occurring?” Bluesky asks, “What’s up?” Bluesky customers can share, mute and block accounts, whereas extra superior instruments, like including them to lists, aren’t but accessible.

Bluesky’s feed and notifications interface on personal beta. Supply: TechCrunch

Regardless of resembling Twitter a lot, Bluesky is ready to have some technical options designed to make it very completely different from Elon Musk’s social media large. The platform goals to supply a decentralized social community protocol, which is predicted to make its person information free from affect by any authorities or company.

Bluesky is constructed on the AT protocol, a brand new federated social community that integrates concepts from the most recent decentralized applied sciences. Initially referred to as the authenticated switch protocol, or ADX, the AT protocol is Bluesky’s foremost effort to allow a brand new approach for servers to speak with one another, permitting people and companies to self-host and have a number of web sites as a substitute of 1.

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As beforehand reported, Bluesky launched its first batch of code in early Could 2022, a number of weeks earlier than Dorsey exited Twitter’s board of administrators. In October, formally launched the Bluesky social app and the AT protocol, which got here almost three years after Dorsey launched the mission with help from Twitter in 2019.

The information comes amid Dorsey reportedly moving some Bitcoin (BTC) utilizing his different social protocol, Nostr. Damus, the primary cellular app to leverage the protocol, was revealed on the app retailer in February 2023.