On December 11, 2019, Jack Dorsey, Co-founder and CEO of Twitter, posted a surprise tweet announcing Bluesky, an initiative to develop an open and decentralized standard for social media. Very little was said about the project throughout 2020, but on Thursday, January 21, 2021, the Bluesky Twitter account tweeted an update on their progress.
One of the goals when we announced bluesky was to develop a grounded understanding of relevant work that many talented people in the decentralization community have been doing. Today, we want to share an update on this. Starting last February, we invited a diverse group of people from different parts of the decentralization community to a virtual forum for collaboration + discussion. They led an inspiring conversation on the purpose bluesky is intended to serve and the directions it can take. Working virtually through the pandemic, this group self-organized, invited additional experts, and created a review of the ecosystem around protocols for social media.bluesky via Twitter
Bluesky released a 61-page Ecosystem Review (PDF) that was written by Jay Graber, along with fourteen other collaborators.
The Review was an overview of the most viable decentralized social network protocols and apps. It listed very few advantages and disadvantages, opting to explain instead how each protocol and app functioned. These are the protocols and apps the Review covered.
The document acts as an excellent primer to better understand the decentralized social network ecosystem. The next stage in the project will likely focus on each protocol and app’s pros and cons. It’s possible that if none of the protocols and apps fully achieve their goals, they may create a new solution.
Bluesky also stated they’re still looking for someone to lead the project and hope to pick someone in the coming months.