Posted by Tim Hardwick
Bluesky, the decentralized social media platform conceptualized by former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, has opened registration to everyone.
Users who install the Bluesky Social app or visit bsky . app will be able to register and join the conversation platform, which should look familiar to users of the old Twitter, a channel where people can post messages of up to 300 characters, as well as photos and videos.
The difference with Bluesky is that that its servers use the decentralized Authenticated Transport (AT) protocol, which allows users to opt-in to microblogs not maintained by the company, allowing them to create accounts in a specific domain. name, and then use your profile in competing applications using the same network.
Another advantage of the AT protocol is that it can work based on user preferences, rather than based on algorithmically driven content, with curated user channels that people can use to search for other users or topics, while also providing them with customizable moderation tools.
AT will compete with ActivityPub, the decentralized protocol that powers Mastodon, and soon Meta's Threads, which enables interoperability between the two platforms. Later this month, Bluesky will also begin allowing third-party developers to host their own AT servers and create their own rules.
In an interview with The Verge, Bluesky CEO Jay Graber said Bluesky's revenue stream will eventually shrink. include charging users for additional features in their app, as well as commissions on purchases such as custom channels, which developers will be able to sell as digital products.
The Bluesky Social app is a free download for iPhone and iPad available in the App Store [direct link].
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