From Twitter Ban to Bluesky Fame: The Inspiring Story of the Student Who Tracks Elon Musk’s Jet

Tracking Elon Musk’s Jet Just Got More Exciting: Meet the Student Who Overcame a Twitter Ban to Keep Posting on Bluesky

Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter, has doubled down on his criticism of Elon Musk, encouraging the college student who tracks Musk’s private jet to keep posting on rival apps Bluesky and Nostr. In a brief exchange on Bluesky with college student Jack Sweeney, Dorsey gave his blessing to the @ElonJet account and suggested that Sweeney should post updates to both Bluesky and Nostr.

Bluesky, an invite-only Twitter-like app, has been the focus of much hype recently, with over 60,000 users including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Twitter comedy account Dril. Originally started at Twitter during Dorsey’s tenure as CEO, the project has since been spun out and is now run by Jay Graber.

Nostr, on the other hand, is an open protocol that aims to create a censorship-resistant global social network. Dorsey has been an avid supporter of the platform and even donated just over a quarter million dollars in Bitcoin to its anonymous founder

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The exchange between Dorsey and Sweeney cements an apparent change of heart towards Musk. Dorsey had been vocally supportive through 2022 of Musk’s acquisition of Twitter, but after mass firings and patchy site reliability, he now says that the billionaire shouldn’t have done the deal. Dorsey has not posted on Twitter since January, but is active on both Bluesky and Nostr.

Sweeney created the original @ElonJet account in 2020, using public flight data to monitor the whereabouts of Musk’s private jet. He shot to fame when Musk offered him $5,000 to take down his Twitter account in January 2022. The billionaire called the account a “security risk” and said he didn’t want to be “shot by a nutcase.” The student asked for $50,000 – but it never materialized.

When Musk acquired Twitter in October last year, Sweeney feared his account, @elonjet, would be banned. Musk said in November that he wouldn’t remove the account, but in December, Sweeney’s more than 30 accounts tracking celebrities’ jets, including those of Mark Zuckerberg, Donald Trump, and Kim Kardashian, were all suspended. He promptly set up shop elsewhere, including Instagram, Discord, and Mastodon. He told Insider on Saturday, however, that Mastodon wasn’t as enticing as Twitter or Bluesky.

About a week after the permanent ban, Sweeney set up a new Twitter account that had the same purpose as @elonjet, only it would be posting with a 24-hour delay to follow Twitter’s new guidelines.

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Musk did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.

It is interesting to note the rivalry between Musk and Dorsey, two of the most influential figures in the tech industry. Musk, the founder of SpaceX and Tesla, has been in the news recently for his antics on social media, including tweeting about Dogecoin and changing his Twitter bio to “Mars, here we come.” Dorsey, on the other hand, has been focusing on his new venture, Square, a payment processing company.

The exchange between Dorsey and Sweeney highlights the importance of alternative social media platforms, particularly in light of recent concerns about censorship on mainstream platforms like Twitter and Facebook. While Blue sky is currently invite-only, it is an important step towards creating a decentralized social network that cannot be controlled by any single entity.

Nostr, too, is an important project in this regard, aiming to create a global social network that is resistant to censorship. By donating to the project, Dorsey is showing his support for a more open and free internet, one that is not subject to the whims of large corporations.

In conclusion, the exchange between Jack Dorsey and the college student who tracks Musk’s private jet highlights the importance of alternative social media platforms and a more open and free internet. With the recent concerns about censorship on mainstream platforms like Twitter and Facebook, it is crucial to have decentralized social networks that cannot be controlled by any single entity. Blue sky and Nostr are two platforms that are working towards this goal, and with the support of influential figures like Dorsey, they have the potential to disrupt the social media landscape.