Bluesky Social is a new social media platform that has been gaining a lot of attention recently, with users hailing it as a promising Twitter alternative.
Built on the Authenticated Transport protocol, Bluesky Social has garnered a lot of interest and is currently in beta testing, with a waitlist for those who want to give it a try.
The site has some similarities to Twitter, with a vertically scrolling message site format and small round photo avatars for users.
Jack Dorsey, Twitter co-founder, is on the board of directors for Bluesky Social, and the project began in 2019 when he was Twitter CEO.
Jay Graber is Bluesky Social’s CEO, and other staffers were introduced in a recent blog post.
There are also some differences between Bluesky Social and Twitter.
For one thing, users can set their domain as their handle, which could help with verification.
Moderation also looks to be different, with Bluesky Social already using automated moderation and working on a system of community labeling.
Users will be able to pick from a variety of different algorithms to determine what they see, and there is a choice of hosting providers, although there is a default, Bluesky’s own system.
The site currently has around 50,000 users, with the number growing every day.
Users include model and TV personality Chrissy Teigen, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, singer Grimes, and former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.
Early reviews have been positive, with users praising the site’s moderation, desktop experience, and reliability.
NBC News reporter Ben Collins tweeted that Bluesky Social “works and looks and feels just like (Twitter).”
How to Register for Bluesky Social
For those interested in joining, all they can do is add their email address to the Bluesky Social waiting list and wait for an invite to try it out.
The site is in beta testing and is not yet available for everyone.
But those who know someone on Bluesky Social can ask them to be on the lookout for invite codes, and then beg them for an invite.