Bluesky: A New Social Layer Of The Internet2 min read
Remember the days of endless scrolling and witty wordplay on Twitter? Now, imagine a social app that is focused on decentralization and user control. Bluesky is that social media app. Let’s take a look at the platform and see if it lives up to the hype.
Similarities to the familiar:
Tweet-like interface: 256 characters, replies, likes, and a familiar newsfeed – Twitter and Bluesky feel similar.
Growing community: With millions of users and big names already onboard, you’re not venturing into a ghost town.
The “bluer” side of things:
Decentralization: No more bowing to the whims of a single company. Bluesky aims to empower communities to build their own spaces within the network.
Open source development: Transparency into how the platform is built fosters trust and allows for community-driven innovation. Take a look at their GitHub page.
Customizable feeds: Tailor your experience by subscribing to algorithms that curate content you truly want to see.
Other things to consider:
New kid on the block: Compared to Twitter’s established features like DMs and advanced filtering, Bluesky feels bare-bones.
Security concerns: While efforts are ongoing, Bluesky potentially doesn’t yet match the robust security systems of bigger platforms.
Moderation woes: Accusations of failing to protect marginalized users and tackle harmful content raise concerns, also when spreading false news or propaganda. In contrast, community notes on Twitter feels like a great feature.
Is it worth it?
That depends. If you yearn for a Twitter-like experience with a decentralized twist and are willing to embrace a growing platform with kinks to iron out, Bluesky might be your place. But if you crave established features and a large social graph, you might want to wait and see how Bluesky evolves.
Remember, social media is a double-edged sword. Whether Bluesky becomes a utopia or just another echo chamber remains to be seen. The true test lies in its ability to balance user control with effective moderation, all while fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment. Some users start to use both apps, while others post on every real-time news platform including Threads or Nostr client Damus.
Try out Bluesky for iPhone by downloading the app here. What are your thoughts on Bluesky?