Two Twitter icons joined Bluesky on Thursday. Dril was first, with AOC joining shortly after.
The invite-only decentralized Twitter alternative has been gaining steam in recent days — I’ve seen a lot of people I follow on the bird-themed social network start to show up on Bluesky. But the Twitter clone might truly begin to feel like a New Twitter now that Dril (the Twitter legend who recently gave an interview as his real-life human self) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) have officially joined the platform.
There’s nothing on Dril’s Bluesky profile that makes it absolutely clear that it’s really him. (He hasn’t tied a domain name to his handle, for example.) Dril has posted once, but it’s an extremely not-safe-for-work post that I will not be including here. But Paul Frazee, a staff engineer at Bluesky, confirmed Thursday that the Dril profile @dril.bsky.social is the real deal.
Dril’s appearance is also notable because he’s been dunking on Twitter for the past little while and has been a key advocate of the #BlockTheBlue campaign to block people with Twitter Blue verification checkmarks. I don’t know if Dril is going to move full time to Bluesky — I’d honestly doubt he will in the near term given the platform isn’t publicly available yet — but if Dril stops posting on Twitter, I’d bet you can find his shitposts on Bluesky.
Ocasio-Cortez also hasn’t yet tied a domain name to her profile, which is currently @aoc.bsky.social, but Bluesky staffer Daniel Holmgren confirmed that it’s actually her.
On Thursday evening, Bluesky said the day was its “biggest single-day” jump in users ever and that it would be upgrading its database at 5:30PM ET, resulting in five minutes of downtime.
Update April 27th: 5:29PM ET: Added that Bluesky would be performing maintenance because of the influx of users.