30 September 2023 06:02


Jack Dorsey-backed Twitter alternative Bluesky launched on Android

Bluesky, the Twitter alternative backed by Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey, has now rolled out to Android users.

The app, which promises a future of decentralized social networking and choose-your-own algorithms, initially launched to iOS users in late February and remains in a closed beta.

It currently operates its own social network, Bluesky Social, which is accessible via a web browser or an app for iOS and Android. The service is currently in an invite-only beta, though the company has specified plans to open it up to the general public at a later date. The service is described as being "Twitter-like."

Jay Graber currently serves as the company's CEO, while co-founder Jack Dorsey sits on its board of directors.

What’s this app all about? Bluesky will serve as a reference client for developers to learn how to build on atproto, as well as a landing place for users to see how a decentralized social app can be pleasant to use, customizable, performant, and safe. The end goal is to provide choice to users, freedom to developers, and control to creators. The AT Protocol is a fresh start for social because it creates a composable ecosystem where the convenience and scale of centralized services can be combined with the openness and resilience of decentralized protocols.

The focus right now is on finishing atproto and surfacing its novel features in the app.

Here’s what you can expect to see in the next few months:

Domain names as usernames & account portability

Composable moderation & reputation systems

Algorithmic choice & custom feeds

Sign up for the Bluesky private beta

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