Bluesky and Mastodon are gearing up to face each other as rival apps

According to the App Figures' latest report, Mastodon and Bluesky are going head-to-head as both platforms intend to compete with each other. Mastodon made its debut seven years ago, in 2016. After a period of time, the stable release was finally rolled out globally on April 4, 2023. The platform became famous for running self-hosted social media services. The application is based on decentralized servers that can be joined according to anyone’s interests, and they can interact with other users.

Similarly, Bluesky, another decentralized social media app, has also entered the arena. The platform was initially announced four years ago, in 2019, and officially started hiring in 2021. Jack Dorsey, the former chief executive officer and cofounder of Twitter, was the one who created Bluesky as well. At the time of Musk’s takeover, it was announced that the platform would become independent and start working on its own.

Since its release, Bluesky has successfully managed to get 360K downloads from both Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store. Since the iOS version was released earlier, the App Store had the most downloads. However, it works only for those who have received an invitation from Bluesky users.

Once the invitation is accepted, users can see the similarities between Twitter and Bluesky. Not just the appearance, but even the features are quite similar, such as sharing media items, engaging with other people’s posts, and sharing them on a timeline. As compared to Bluesky’s 360K downloads, Mastodon was able to receive somewhere around 150K downloads in the same period of time.

Initially, it was believed that both Twitter and Bluesky would be facing each other as rivals; however, based on Twitter’s number of users, it is too early to compare the two social apps, while the downloading figure shows how Mastodon is going to give Bluesky a tough time.

After a long period of waiting, the App Store finally has something new that works in invite-only mode, just like Clubhouse, which became famous for hosting audio-only chat rooms in which users can talk about different topics.

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