BlueSky is a Twitter alternative backed by Jack Dorsey, the co-founder and former CEO of Twitter. The app was recently released on Apple’s App Store and is expected to join the social media platform competition soon.
BlueSky has similar features to Twitter, including a home timeline of posts from people you follow, a discovery tab, and a feed of recently posted Bluesky updates. Users can interact with posts by replying, reposting, liking, and reporting. The app does not have bigger names found on alternative social sites like Mastodon, but it relies on AT Protocol to distinguish itself from competitors.
AT Protocol, also known as Authenticated Transfer Protocol, is built based on four principal ideals: account portability, algorithmic, performance, and interoperability. This framework is designed to make it easy for users to transfer their account data to another Bluesky provider, as well as give them more control over what they see on a network.
Despite Bluesky’s potential, it remains to be seen if it can carve out a niche in the already crowded social media market. Criticisms of Mastodon and other developers also raise questions about Bluesky’s future.
TechCrunch has given a close-up look at the app and described it as “a functional, if still rather bare-bones, Twitter-like experience.” TechCrunch pointed out that there is an ironic aspect of using an app that looks and feels so much like Twitter after leaving it.
In conclusion, Bluesky presents a promising future with its AT protocol capability, but it may still feel like a stripped-down version of Twitter. Nevertheless, it could potentially become a viable alternative for social media users looking for a more random and innocent time online.