Bluesky now lets its users host their own servers

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After ditching the waitlist and opening the platform to everyone, the X competitor Bluesky is now federating its network by letting users run their own servers. The company announced the news on Thursday, adding that users can distance their data from the company’s servers and self-host their data.

All social media platforms store users’ data on their servers, and users do not have much control over that data. A server might be vulnerable to cyberattacks and compromise user’s data, which has happened quite often in recent years. This is the traditional method. But the latest social platform, dubbed decentralized platforms, seeks to change this and give users more control over their data.

Bluesky allows users to self-host their data

Founded by former Twitter (X) CEO Jack Dorsey, Bluesky seems to be the first decentralized social platform that’s making this come true. The Bluesky’s federation network is still in the early phases of implementation and will open up to more servers in the future.

As the company explains, user’s data is stored on Bluesky servers by default. However, users can opt out of the company’s servers anytime and host their data on any provider they want. The transition process happens without losing existing posts, likes, or follows.

Since the implementation has just started, the company has put some “guardrails” in place to ensure a smooth transition process. The company says on its developer’s blog that users can only self-host one Bluesky account at a time. However, the limits will extend to 10 accounts with rate limits in the future. Bluesky added it will increase baseline rate limits as “trust and reputation is established.”

Meanwhile, Bluesky demands users to be more cautious with their account transition. Or at least do not self-host their main account for now since the process has just started and could be slow and faulty.

Bluesky uses its own AT Protocol instead of ActivityPub

There are some differences between Bluesky and its main rival, Mastodon. The first noticeable difference is Bluesky relies on an in-house and exclusive protocol called “AT Protocol.” However, Mastodon and other decentralized platforms are built based on ActivityPub.

“On Bluesky, server choice doesn’t affect what content you see. Servers are only one piece of the protocol — when you browse Bluesky, you see posts that are pulled together from many different servers.” The company added. “This is why you can change your server after signing up without losing your username, friends, or posts.”