Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey announced in late 2019 that he is consistently working to create a decentralised social media protocol. He also added that his company has started working on the project by forming a small independent developers’ group with a single objective of creating a decentralised social media protocol to serve as new standards of online connectivity independent of any centralised governing council like government and corporate.
Twitter is funding a small independent team of up to five open source architects, engineers, and designers to develop an open and decentralized standard for social media. The goal is for Twitter to ultimately be a client of this standard. 🧵
— jack (@jack) December 11, 2019
Three years later, his team announced that they had completed the task and were prepared to showcase the world’s first decentralised social media platform. On Tuesday, a website was launched by the Bluesky initiative aimed at its decentralised social media protocol named the AT Protocol. The website also mentions a waitlist where users can register in advance for the Bluesky application. The team believes that this browser can be the ideal browser for Modern Times, and it can give access to the AT protocol network. As expected, the waitlist filled up quickly, leading to an intervention of third parties.
Bluesky is building a social protocol. We released “ADX” (the X stood for Experiment) in May. Now that the design is starting to solidify, we’re renaming it to the “Authenticated Transport Protocol” — the “AT Protocol.” https://t.co/Q0XUF8OhVD
— bluesky (@bluesky) October 18, 2022
The Bluesky team regularly works rigorously on a public repository on GitHub. Team Bluesky reported in one of their blogs,” since May, we have been doing protocol work in a public repository on Github but we have mostly been quiet on our blog and Twitter. This is starting to change”.
The AT protocol is a fully decentralised network that functions independently without anyone’s will, whether the government or corporate giants. Team Bluesky believes it will offer the much-required independence that allows users to secure their data and avoid corporate-headed algorithms promoting controversial content to keep users engaged.
As per the Bluesky team, “Algorithms dictate what we see and who we can reach.” They further added, “we must have control over our algorithms if we are going to trust in our online spaces.”
Bluesky has a mission to achieve faster interoperability and mutual compatibility among different platforms. The team has successfully developed a framework that supports interoperability and facilitates interconnectivity among other applications built on AT Protocol.
Team Bluesky reported that “the world needs a diverse market of connected services to ensure healthy competition. Interoperation needs to feel like second nature to the web.”