One among Bluesky’s doubtlessly largest options is right here: customized algorithms, or what it calls “customized feeds.” The concept is you can subscribe to feeds which have algorithms tuned to showcase completely different sorts of posts than what you would possibly see in Bluesky’s most important “What’s Sizzling” feed.
In observe, the customized feeds work a lot like Twitter lists. Just like these, you possibly can pin particular customized feeds, they usually’ll present up on the prime of your timeline as completely different tabs to select from. You may choose which feeds to pin from a brand new “My Feeds” menu within the app’s sidebar. By default, that tab has feeds for “What’s Sizzling” (“Prime trending content material from the entire community”), “What’s Sizzling Traditional” (“The unique What’s Sizzling expertise”), “Bluesky Workforce” (“Posts from members of the Bluesky Workforce”), and “Standard With Associates” (“A mixture of fashionable content material from accounts you observe and content material that your follows like”).
My Feeds additionally has a piece to find new feeds. There are a whole lot of choices already, together with tame feeds, like “Cat Pics” and “Music,” but in addition feeds that cater to the weirder facet of Bluesky, like “Hellthread Feed” and “What’s Alf.” Better of all, you don’t truly need to pin any feeds, that means that, if you need, you possibly can set issues up so that you simply solely see a reverse chronological timeline of posts from the folks you observe.
To this point, I actually just like the implementation of those customized feeds. It’s good to really feel like I’ve some management in what will get algorithmically served to me, particularly in a world the place Elon Musk’s posts can take over Twitter and TikTok’s feed is extraordinarily good at keeping me sucked into the app. And I wouldn’t be shocked if I typically restrict myself simply to the feed of individuals I observe — I’ve sufficient distractions in my life already.
“We would like a future the place you management what you see on social media,” Bluesky CEO Jay Graber wrote in a March weblog publish in regards to the platform’s imaginative and prescient for algorithmic choice. “We purpose to interchange the traditional ‘grasp algorithm,’ managed by a single firm, with an open and numerous ‘market of algorithms.’”
Customized feeds can be found now within the newest model of the cellular apps and on Bluesky’s internet consumer, bsky.app. Nevertheless, the Twitter different stays invite-only, so the one approach you possibly can do this for your self is that if you have already got an account or if somebody sends you an invitation code. (I don’t have any spares, sorry!)