Bluesky allows users to customize different content algorithms
Bluesky, the decentralized social service crafted by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, has recently disclosed its intention to permit users the autonomy to dictate various content algorithms. The objective is to master the presentation of content suitable for individual tracking and recommendation. This function was unveiled earlier and is now accessible in a closed testing format.
As elucidated by Bluesky, users will have the capability to select from an assortment of algorithms, and even design their own for others to employ, thereby catering to content presentation methods more congruent with individual needs.
Within Bluesky’s default algorithmic presentation, content is primarily organized according to a chronological timeline. However, numerous users may exhibit a predilection towards conveniently tracking topic updates or giving precedence to discussions involving themselves or specific subjects.
On another note, Bluesky allows users to track diverse themes, such as giving priority to content related to pets like cats and dogs or emphasizing content that aligns with personal interests.
As per the clarification provided by Bluesky engineer Paul Frazee, the future will see users being able to more effortlessly craft suitable algorithms, unlike the current stage where a certain level of coding skills is required for their creation. Bluesky CEO Jay Graber anticipates that opening up algorithm options to the public will mitigate the constraints previous social platforms faced due to the dominance of a singular algorithm, granting users higher flexibility in selecting the content they wish to view.
Conceived initially in 2019, Bluesky employs an operation mode similar to Twitter but emphasizes decentralized operation through authenticated transmission protocols. Currently available for download in the Apple App Store, access is granted solely via invitation at this juncture, with no version for the Android platform yet released.
Regarding the user experience, Bluesky equips basic features such as a homepage and search function. It also maintains a content timeline design, facilitating quick searches for trending topics via its tag system. Users can interact with specific content by liking, replying to, or sharing posts. Moreover, users are also allowed to mute or block specific users, with the interface closely resembling Twitter’s usage mode.