Founder Jack Dorsey leaves Bluesky because… reasons

Twitter co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey caused a minor social media ripple last week when he left the Bluesky board… a project he founded and initially funded in his Twitter days. He’s now given a (slightly confused) interview explaining why.

He tells the interviewer he wants social media curation-algorithm choice (me too!). But he’s left the one major platform (Bluesky) which provides it. 🤷🏻‍♂️

He left because Bluesky is providing moderation tools some users wanted. And it’s too focused on the (slick, Twitter-like) app layer. But how else do you get the critical mass of users to make the underlying protocol worth connecting to? There were endless complaints from non-nerds that Mastodon/the Fediverse was just too complicated for non-techies to understand and use.

He thinks the Bluesky Public Benefit Corporation is too slick a business. How else do you attract continued funding, without relying on flaky billionaires? 🤷🏻‍♂️ 🤷🏻‍♂️ Also: he’s a wannabe cypherpunk, who I don’t think has learnt much from that movement’s experiences with “freedom technologies” in the 90s/00s 😵‍💫

He also has many confused thoughts about X/Twitter since he left (it’s all good, apparently.) I’m not sure he’s much of a loss to Bluesky.

See also

Mike Masnick, whose Protocols, not Platforms article inspired Dorsey to found Bluesky, has a much more detailed, definitive take: Bluesky Is Building The Decentralized Social Media Jack Dorsey Wants, Even If He Doesn’t Realize It (13 May 2024)