X rival Bluesky ends invite requirement and opens sign-ups for all

Bluesky, an invite-only rival to social media platform X, has now opened sign-ups to all users. Fernando Gutierrez-Juarez/dpa
Bluesky, an invite-only rival to social media platform X, has now opened sign-ups to all users. Fernando Gutierrez-Juarez/dpa
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Bluesky, one of several alternatives to Twitter that have gained popularity since Elon Musk bought the platform and changed its name to X, now no longer requires an invitation before a user can sign up.

Since its launch in 2019 by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, Bluesky had said it was limiting the influx of new users so as not to overload its infrastructure, but announced on Tuesday it was opening sign-ups to all.

With access via invitation codes, Bluesky achieved 3 million registrations in its first year and 1.6 million monthly active users as of recently, company boss Jay Graber told the technology blog The Verge on Tuesday.

The service is designed as a decentralized alternative to X. This means many interconnected online networks can exist together, and users on Bluesky can interact with posts from other compatible social media platforms.

After the Twitter takeover by Musk, interest in alternatives increased. The right-wing tech billionaire's policy changes on X have coincided with a shift to the right on the platform.

The largest competition to date has been the rival service Threads from the Facebook group Meta with 130 million monthly active users.