Bluesky, the decentralized social media app tied to Elon Musk’s leadership before Twitter, went live Apple’s App Store As of March 1st.
Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey first announced the Bluesky project in 2019. Former Zcash contributor Jay Graber said in 2021 he will join the project as CEO.
Anyone can download the app, but Bluesky is currently in private beta and users must enter an invitation code to use it. A recent statement from Graber suggested that additional invite codes were available to those who contacted her as of Wednesday.
This app is not available for Android or web.
Bluesky has no cryptocurrency related features and does not store data on the blockchain. However, the platform uses the AT protocol . It’s a federated network that relies on cryptography to store data in a decentralized way. This approach is similar to blockchain technology and allows self-ownership of data.
Graber adds last october The type of encryption that the AT protocol relies on is relatively easy to integrate with cryptocurrencies.
Bluesky may arrive at the right time. Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter has prompted some users to leave the site and move to decentralized alternatives such as the coalition network Mastodon. But that trend may be waning. number of users It gained most users during the Twitter leak, although it dropped from 2.5 million to 1.4 million in January. This is an ominous sign for Bluesky’s competitors.
Various other decentralized and blockchain social networks have also gone live in recent months. Nostr launched Damus on his February 1st, and Emurgo launched his Cardano-focused network Spot on his February 16th. The Lens Protocol with links to Aave went live in mid-2022.