Decentralized Twitter/X rival Bluesky is including to its ranks by scooping up a member of its developer neighborhood. London-based software program engineer Samuel Newman, who constructed the well-received third-party Bluesky shopper, Graysky, is becoming a member of the startup, the place he’ll now assist develop Bluesky’s official app together with the remainder of the frontend staff.

Given his change in place, the way forward for the Graysky app is unsure. Newman says he’ll proceed to maintain the app alive and maintained in the interim, however will now not add any “bold new options,” as he’ll be placing his efforts into “making the official app the most effective it may be.”

Nevertheless, he’s additionally accepting inquiries from different builders who could also be excited about taking up the Graysky app, which could possibly be a promising enterprise for somebody if Bluesky ever scales to change into a large competitor to Twitter/X, Threads, and Mastodon. Since launching publicly final month after an prolonged personal beta, Bluesky now has 5.18 million registered customers, roughly half of that are actively posting on the platform.

What made Graysky distinctive — past being one of many first third-party apps for Bluesky, and the primary to deal with each iOS and Android customers — was its forward-thinking nature. The app improved on the default Bluesky expertise by including assist for options the official shopper had lacked, together with GIFs, inline translation, a simple solution to see everybody’s likes, a feeds-first format, assist for hashtags, and extra. Late final 12 months, Graysky additionally added Trending Subjects and a Professional subscription to assist the app monetize. As of the tip of 2023, Graysky had topped 20,000 downloads and was working so as to add different Twitter-like options together with drafts, bookmarks, muted phrases, polls, lists, and extra.

With Newman now becoming a member of Bluesky, the hope is that the official shopper will even achieve assist for extra options. The developer mentioned he wouldn’t be capable to deliver all the things from Graysky to Bleusky however would do his finest to “port a few of the good components.” Particularly, he mentioned he want to work on an iPad app.