Former Twitter CEO Launches a New Social Network

Jack Dorsey, the former Twitter CEO launches a new social network, Bluesky. Bluesky is an initiative to develop a decentralized social network protocol.

The social network was announced in 2019 and is in the research phase as of 2022. It is intended to be a non-profit making initiative.

Bluesky was founded in 2021 and the key founders are Jack Dorsey, Jeremie Miller, and Jay Graber.

About Bluesky

Bluesky is an initiative to develop a decentralized social network protocol, such as multiple social networks, each with its own systems of curation and moderation, with other social networks through an open standard. Each social network using the protocol is an “application”.

The Bluesky initiative was first announced in 2019 by Jack Dorsey on Twitter. The initial working group members in early 2020 were invited by the Chief Technology Officer of the company, Parag Agrawal. Members of the decentralized networks Mastodon and ActivityPub joined the group. Through the chat program Element, the group cooperated. A technical analysis of the decentralized social network landscape was written by Jay Graber of the Happening decentralized social network at the request of Twitter. In August 2021, she was hired to serve as the Bluesky project lead.

The initiative’s scope and aims, which include what the protocol itself should cover and what should be left to applications, were accepted by Twitter executives (the social networks built atop the standard). These objectives include giving applications the ability to tailor their moderation processes, holding applications accountable for compliance and takedown requests, and avoiding virality algorithms from exacerbating moral indignation and controversies.

The working group was unable to reach an agreement on these objectives, so Twitter decided to present individual proposals. These ranged from supporting the interoperability of standards to bolstering current standards and letting usage data determine where to invest. Early in 2021, Bluesky was still in the research stage, with 40–50 members of the decentralized technology community working to evaluate choices and put together protocol ideas. The group of protocol developers will be put together by the project manager hired.

In November 2021, Twitter unveiled a new blockchain branch that will collaborate with the Bluesky project.

Bluesky revealed three of its first hires in March 2022. As a security engineer, Aaron Goldman, who had previously worked for Twitter and Google, was hired. As protocol engineers, Paul Frazee and Daniel Holmgren were employed.

On April 15, 2022, Jack Dorsey said that the project’s initial progress from the first developers had been lagging.

According to a statement released by Bluesky on April 26, 2022, the project will not be impacted by Elon Musk’s proposed acquisition of Twitter because Bluesky has been functioning independently as a public benefit limited liability corporation since February of that year.

Bluesky provided the source code for a command-line client, an experimental personal data server, and a high-level description of the network architecture in May 2022. Additionally, they disclosed that they will start sharing the platform’s development process even before it is finished.

Bluesky released a roadmap and more technical information on the AT Protocol, which will power applications, in October 2022.

Additionally, Bluesky began taking sign-ups to test a future program version.

Here is the official website for Bluesky

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