Can Bluesky Be The Twitter Replacement We’ve Been Waiting For?

Joseph-Albert Kuuire
By Joseph-Albert Kuuire 3 Min Read

Twitter is one of the most popular social media platforms in the world, with over 300 million active users.

But ever since Elon Musk bought the platform and started implementing his own policies, some users soured on Twitter. Some other Twitter alternatives like Mastodon have emerged but haven’t caught on as much with users.

One of these alternatives is Bluesky, a decentralized social network protocol that aims to create a more open and diverse internet, is making waves because of how similar it is to the early days of Twitter.

Bluesky on desktop

What is Bluesky?

Bluesky is a project initiated by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in 2019, with the goal of developing a new standard for social media that is not controlled by any single entity.

Instead of relying on a centralized server, Bluesky uses a peer-to-peer network that allows users to communicate directly with each other, without intermediaries or gatekeepers. This means that users can choose their own rules, moderators, and algorithms, and have more control over their data and privacy.

Bluesky is not a platform itself, but a protocol that defines how different platforms can interact with each other. This enables interoperability and compatibility among various social media applications that use Bluesky as their underlying infrastructure.

What is the AT Protocol

Bluesky is based on the AT protocol (originally called ADX, or Authenticated Transfer Protocol). AT is similar to ActivityPub, the decentralized protocol that powers the platform Mastodon.

The AT Protocol is a networking technology created by Bluesky to power the next generation of social applications. It is a decentralized social protocol designed to bring content interoperability between multiple platforms and eliminate access barriers from different networks.

Joining Bluesky is Still Invite Only

Bluesky is still in its early stages of development, and there is no official release date yet but users can join the private beta.

To join Bluesky, regular users would need an invite code before they can join the platform on the sign up page.

The app is currently available on iOS and Android.

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Joseph-Albert Kuuire is the creator, editor, and journalist at Tech Labari. Email: Twitter: @jakuuire
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