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Bluesky has just crossed 2 million users a year after the service’s first ever post was created. While that’s nowhere near the numbers Threads has already reached, it’s still a big accomplishment for the X rival that only opened the app to users in February and still requires an invite for access. Bluesky hit 1 million users merely a couple of months ago, in September, which could mean that the platform has been sending out more invites recently. In its post announcing the milestone, the Bluesky team has also revealed that it’s launching a public web interface around the end of November.
The interface will allow anybody, even those without an account, to view posts on the platform. Its launch could make more potential users aware about the service’s existence, and Bluesky believes making its posts more accessible “will be especially useful for real-time commentary and breaking news.” In the long run, it could make the service one of people’s go-to social networks for news in the same way X users rely on the website to read about current events.
And for those waiting for Bluesky to become a more open platform like Mastodon, the team says federation is “timelined for early next year if development continues as planned.” To become a federated or a decentralized and distributed social network, the team is currently developing the AT Protocol, which will give users the power to migrate both their identities and their content from one personal data server to another. “This is one of the core features of Bluesky that makes it ‘billionaire-proof,’ — you’ll always have the freedom to choose (and to exit) instead of being held to the whims of private companies or black box algorithms,” the announcement post reads.