The Twitter alternative Bluesky has dropped the requirement for an invite, meaning anyone can sign up. Here’s how to do it.
The social network, which is part of the Fediverse network of decentralised servers, is backed by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey and has become a home for discontented ‘X’ users who’ve fled under Elon Musk’s leadership.
For the last year, the company has been managing invites via sign-up codes, while it builds out the feature set. However, on February 6 the company announced the time for caution is over.
“Bluesky is building an open social network where anyone can contribute, while still providing an easy-to-use experience for users,” the company says. “For the past year, we used invite codes to help us manage growth while we built features like moderation tooling, custom feeds, and more. Now, we’re ready for anyone to join.”
Here’s how to sign up on the Bluesky website.
Table of Contents
What you need
- A web browser with access to the Bluesky website
- An email address to sign up
- A phone number for SMS verification
The Short Version
- Open the web browser and browse to Bsky.social
- Tap the log in or sign up button
- Hit create a new account
- Enter an email address, password, date of birth
- Enter a phone number
- Verify the phone number with an SMS code
- Choose your handle
- Confirm your preferences
- Begin using Bluesky
Open the web browser and browse to Bsky.social
Simple type the Bsky.social URL into your web browser to browse to the homepage.
Tap the log in or sign up button
You no longer need to sign up for the wait list. You can now choose to sign-up.
Create a new account
Creating an account is a relatively simple process and you start here
Enter your information
An email address, password and date of birth gets you past this screen
Enter a phone number
This will help to secure your account
Verify your phone number
You will be sent an SMS code to your phone number. Enter the six digit code here
Choose your handle
Type in your preferred @ handle to go by on Bluesky
Confirm your preferences
You’ll be asked to select some interests, choose some accounts to follow, select some content preferences and more.
Begin using Bluesky
Now you’re all set up you can begin using the service, download the mobile apps and wean yourself off Twitter.