Here's how to get an invite.
Twitter users are clamoring to get an invite to former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's decentralized Twitter alternative Bluesky. A quick search reveals countless accounts giving away or begging for invites.
And the hype surrounding the emerging competitor is growing fast. Bloomberg reported earlier this week that the iPhone app alone has been downloaded 245,000 times. Over a million users are now on the service's waitlist.
"Feels like Bluesky is hitting an inflection point this week?" tweeted The Verge editor Alex Heath. "At least with the Twitter tech crowd."
"My expectations for Bluesky were very low, but just in the week since I joined it’s gone from being almost entirely crypto and bad AI art to having a good mix of journalists and tech people I don’t hate," wrote programmer Travis Brown.
Meanwhile, Musk's bizarre and haphazard decisions are slowly turning Twitter from a once — at least somewhat — reliable platform into a buggy and increasingly unusable mess.
That new reality is clearly starting to alienate some of the platform's most loyal users. In short, it's not exactly surprising to see folks clamoring to jump ship.
Back to Basics
So what's this new app, then? According to a March blog post by Bluesky project leader Jay Graber, the app is a decentralized microblogging platform with the end goal of providing "choice to users, freedom to developers, and control to creators."
As of right now, Bluesky is fairly basic. It allows users to compose 300-character posts and replies, as well as share and repost images.
Whether it manages to "usurp" Twitter, as NBC's Ben Collins argued, remains to be seen. But Bluesky "works and it looks and feels like this one, which is all we ever asked," he added.
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