Decentralized Twitter alternative Bluesky launches invite-only iOS app

Image Source: Bluesky on the App Store

Decentralized social media platform Bluesky, supported by Twitter’s co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey, has launched its new mobile app on the App Store, but it’s invite-only for now. While the company has yet to share a public release date, the app’s appearance on the iOS marketplace indicates that it could be on the horizon.

As reported by TechCrunch, Bluesky’s interface seems to be quite similar to that of Twitter. It lets users share posts up to 256 characters, add images to them, explore and follow other users, see their posts in the homepage, like, repost or reply to them, share, mute or block others, etc. It also comes with a discover tab where users can see suggestions on who to follow and view the latest Blue Sky updates.

According to, Bluesky’s mobile app was launched on the App Store on February 17, and garnered around 2,000 downloads since then. While that doesn’t seem to be a large figure, it probably represents only those that have recently joined the beta testing.

The last time the company shared information regarding Bluesky’s development was October last year, when it said it’s building the “Authenticated Transfer Protocol”. While Bluesky’s website says that the AT protocol ‘’gives creators independence from platforms, developers the freedom to build, and users a choice in their experience’’, some developers question its necessity saying they already have the ActivityPub recommended by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

One of those critics is Mastodon, which has become one of the best Twitter alternatives following Musk’s $44 billion acquisition and controversial changes on the platform.

Written by Tuna Cetin


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