Twitter alternative Bluesky iOS app by co-founder Jack Dorsey goes into beta


New York: Bluesky, the Twitter alternative backed by Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey, has hit the App Store and more testers are gaining access. Though the app is still only available as an invite-only beta, its App Store arrival signals that a public launch could be nearing.

According to app intelligence firm, the Bluesky iOS app debuted on February 17 and had seen some 2,000 installs in the testing phase. The app offers a simplified user interface where you can click a plus button to create a post of 256 characters, which can include photos.
While Twitter asks “What’s happening?”, Bluesky asks “What’s up?”

Bluesky users can share, mute and block accounts, but advanced tools, like adding them to lists, are not yet available, according to the report. The discover tab in the bottom centre of the app’s navigation is useful, offering more “who to follow” suggestions and a feed of recently posted Bluesky updates.

“Another tab lets you check on your Notifications, including likes, reposts, follows and replies, also much like Twitter. There are no DMs,” according to the report.
You can search for and follow other individuals, much like on Twitter, then view their updates in a Home timeline. User profiles contain a profile pic, background, bio and metrics.


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