Jack Dorsey Launches New Social Network As Twitter Alternative ‘Bluesky’
Jack Dorsey, the co-founder and former CEO of Twitter, has launched a new social networking app called Bluesky. The app, which is currently in development, is being positioned as an alternative to Twitter and is intended to give users more options while also providing creators with independence from centralized platforms. Bluesky has been in development since 2019, with funding from Twitter…
At launch, however, Bluesky remains a pared-down version of Twitter without many of the features that make the social network what it is today, including basic tools for tracking likes or bookmarks, editing tweets, quote-tweeting, DM’s, using hashtags and more.
It’s also building in decentralization with its own protocol — the AT Protocol — instead of contributing to the existing work around ActivityPub, the protocol powering the open source Twitter alternative Mastodon and a range of other decentralized apps in the wider “Fediverse” — the name for these interconnected servers running open software used for web publishing.
That puts Bluesky on the outside of where a lot of the current activity is taking place around decentralized social networking.