BLUESKY is a long awaited social media project that is set to rival existing social media channels.
The project has been in the works since 2019 and is set to launch “soon”.
What is social media platform Bluesky?
Bluesky hopes to revolutionise the way personal data is handled on the internet.
The idea is that Bluesky users will not hand over control of their data to the platform’s creators.
Bluesky have created a social networking technology called the AT Protocol, making their app unique from others.
According to Bluesky, The AT Protocol is looking to “power the next generation of social applications” and be adopted by other social media platforms.
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This will then allow users to switch between social platforms, without losing any of their “content, follows, or identity”.
The AT Protocol website has been created, although it is not completely finished, and the Bluesky app is expected to follow shortly.
The team at Bluesky said: “The word “Bluesky” evokes a wide-open space of possibility.”
“We’re calling the application we’re building Bluesky because it will be a portal to the world of possibility on top of the AT Protocol,” they added.
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The app is currently in its first phase of testing.
You can join a waitlist to try the beta before the app is publicly available.
Is Bluesky owned by Twitter?
The social media project is financially backed by Twitter, however it is a completely separate platform and has no connection to Twitter’s shareholders.
He wrote: “Twitter is funding a small independent team of up to five open source architects, engineers, and designers to develop an open and decentralized standard for social media. The goal is for Twitter to ultimately be a client of this standard.”
Who is Jack Dorsey?
Jack Dorsey is the co-founder and former CEO of Twitter.
Dorsey announced that he would be stepping down as Twitter’s CEO in May 2022 and has since been continuing to work on the social media project, Bluesky, since.
When he launched the project, Dorsey explained: “The work must be done transparently in the open, not owned by any single private corporation, furthering the open and decentralised principles of the internet.”