Bluesky Sees Record-High Traffic as Twitter Users React to Daily View Limit

UTC by Ibukun Ogundare · 3 min read
Bluesky Sees Record-High Traffic as Twitter Users React to Daily View Limit
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Twitter users remain unsatisfied with the restriction, and they began to seek an alternative to the blue-bird app.

As Elon Musk announced view limits on Twitter during the weekend, Jack Dorsey-backed Bluesky recorded “record-high traffic” on the same day. On July 1, Musk revealed the decision by Twitter to place a temporary limit on the number of tweets account owners can see daily. While verified accounts have access to read 6,000 posts a day, unverified users can only read 600 posts every day. Additionally, new unverified accounts are limited to 300 posts every 24 hours.

As expected, the announcement became a trending topic, triggering displeasure reactions across the social media platform. Not long after, the billionaire updated his followers that the rate limits will soon increase to 8000 for verified accounts, 800 for unverified & 400 for new unverified. Musk made another change to the daily limits the same day, noting that it is now 10,000, 1,000, and 500. Users began to get a notification of “rate limit exceeded” after viewing the number of tweets they had access to.

Bluesky Experiences Record-High Traffic as Twitter Limits Daily Views

Twitter users remain unsatisfied with the restriction, and they began to seek an alternative to the blue-bird app. Although Musk noted that the limit is a measure against “extreme levels of data scraping & system manipulation”, industry experts lashed out at the daily view cutback. With the latest development with Twitter accounts, Bluesky began to have “some degraded performance” due to the record high traffic it experienced on Saturday. Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey backs the emerging text-based social media site, which is currently in an invite-only beta phase. Due to the technical challenges that arose as people bombarded the Twitter alternative, Bluesky was forced to suspend sign-ups. However, sign-ups were active again the following day.

The process of developing Bluesky came to life within Twitter in 2019 while Dorsey was serving as the CEO. Members of the project launched Bluesky Public Benefit LLC in February 2022. Then, Jay Graber became the CEO, and Dorsey, a founding board member. In April 2022, Bluesky said it got $13 million in funding “to ensure we have the freedom and independence to get started on R&D”. In April 2023, Bluesky had over 50,000 users. Notably, this is about to multiply as Twitter users embrace the decentralized social network. Unlike companies with CEOs, decentralized social media networks do not have leaders or owners. Its advocates believe such projects are less likely to sell users’ data. Apart from Musk’s restructuring at Twitter which users are not satisfied with, many are embracing Bluesky for its decentralized nature.

In addition to Bluesky, the decentralized messaging app Mastodon is also an emerging Twitter competitor. The Twitter rival looks like the blue-bird app and attracted massive interest in November 2022.

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