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Does the number 404 mean something to you? If you have browsed the Internet long enough, you might stumble onto this number on more than one occasion. It shows up every time a site can’t fulfil a user request because of bad links, a typo, URL change, deleted page, or many other possible reasons. While some web owners dreaded the 404 pages, some others decided to use them as their creative outlets and came up with really fun and amazing results.

The Concept of 404 Pages

It’s clear that if you want to keep your visitors from fleeing away, you have to modify your 404 page to show more than just an error message.

In his book “Emotional Design,” Donald Norman said that a great design is about how it makes you feel, what it helps you do, and what it says about you. Applying this principle to web design means that a successful 404 page should:

Make the visitors feels positive - You can use funny words and pictures to amuse your visitor, or wow them with amazing images. Make sure that landing on your 404 page is an unexpected but rewarding experience. Make it similar to finding an easter egg or winning a lottery instead of having an accident.

Help the visitors do/achieve something more - Your 404 page is also a good place to do a little bit of promotion. You can put links to your popular posts there or links to other locations on your site that you want your visitors to visit. Don’t forget to include a search box and a way to report the broken link so that you can fix it.

Show the visitors who you are - Branding and personality are important to establish your reputation on the Internet. So why not use the 404 page as another way to achieve that goal? Make the page in sync with the image that you want the world to see.

Creating a 404 Page in WordPress

The easiest way to create a 404 page in WordPress is to use a plugin called 404page. This plugin will let you set any page as a custom 404 page. Just build and customize a page, and choose it as your 404.

Since you can use any theme out there for your WordPress, and there are various page builders that can help you make any page imaginable, there’s virtually no limit on what kind of 404 that you can create for your WordPress site.

Creative 404 Pages for Your Inspiration

When you are ready to build a custom 404 page for your WordPress site, here are some creative and fun 404 pages that might inspire you.


Ford, a car maker, cleverly use a road to draw 404 and an animated car moving nowhere in loops.

Roman Menshikov

This 404 page concept utilizes the lonely atmosphere of the image to show the feeling of being lost.

Derek Clark

Another 404 page concept that will fit photography sites.


As a site that deals with shows and performances, using a magician to represent a page that disapears shows that the webmaster put a lot of thought into planning the page.

The Movie Nerd

This site uses the 404 page as a recruitment page. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, why don’t you write it for us?

I Love Icons

Where is it? What is that? It looks like 404. Am I lost?

Brendan Pittman

Nobody is in the audience. Maybe it’s because nobody should be here. You’re lost; return home. A great 404 page concept for music-related sites.

Where’s the party? Not on this 404 page.


What can represent the Lego site better than its figures?


To maintain its identity as a sport-related company, Umbro created a sports-related 404 page.


It’s fitting of a movie database site to show a movie-related 404 page. The page will show different movie quotes every time you refresh the page.


A 404 page showing a funny 404 page comic strip. Which one did Scott Adams create first: the strip or the page?

Mark Dijkstra

Sometimes simplicity can go a long way. The page might appear simple, but creating it is not as simportant as its look.


Magnt doesn’t want to shoulder all the blame. You and your inability to type are also responsible for bringing up the 404 page.

Blue Fountain Media

Let’s play PacMan. Missing page? What missing page?


Why Ninja? Why not?


No, don’t go home. Mom, can I keep it?

And if you are still not sure about what kind of WordPress 404 page that you want to build, you can put that error page to good use. chúng tôi is an organization that helps find missing children. If you decide to participate, your 404 page will always be updated with the latest missing children info. By speading the information, you increase the chance of finding those unfortunate youngsters.

Image Credit: Jonathan Patterson

Jeffry Thurana

Jeffry Thurana is a creative writer living in Indonesia. He helps other writers and freelancers to earn more from their crafts. He’s on a quest of learning the art of storytelling, believing that how you tell a story is as important as the story itself. He is also an architect and a designer, and loves traveling and playing classical guitar.

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How To Create Amp Pages For WordPress Site? – Webnots

The future is mobile and Google pushes the webmasters and publishers to implement AMP on their site. AMP stands for Accelerated Mobile Pages, which will help you to load the pages faster on mobile devices. However, it comes with drawbacks, as it will not support JavaScript features that is part of many WordPress websites. Therefore, you need to test AMP pages thoroughly and decide whether it works for you before implementing in live site. In this article, let us explore how to create AMP pages for WordPress site.

How Does it Work?

It is important to understand how AMP works before you try to implement. Basically, you need to create layout for your mobile site that is different than the desktop site. This will help you to serve the mobile pages faster on smartphones.

Each page on your site will have two URLs – one for desktop and one for AMP. The AMP URLs generally includes /amp/ at the end.

The canonical meta tag on the page should inform search engines that the desktop and mobile pages are same though the URL is different. You can either choose the desktop URL or AMP URL as your canonical URL depending upon the implementation.

It is up to Google and other search engines to pickup desktop or AMP pages in the search results. You have no control on this.

Remember, though AMP is there for a while, it is still a experimental feature. Therefore, you will have plenty of problems including traffic and revenue loss when switching to AMP. Learn more on AMP issues in our earlier article.

Creating AMP Pages for WordPress Site   

WordPress always has multiple options for doing single task and AMP is not an exception to that. You can create AMP pages with the following three options:

Using official AMP plugin

Using other AMP for WP plugin

Find a AMP supported mobile theme

Manually implement AMP

Let us explain creating AMP pages using the official AMP plugin in this article.

Creating AMP Pages with Official AMP Plugin

WordPress AMP Plugins

AMP is the official AMP plugin for WordPress contributed by Google, Automattic and other developers. Let us explain creating AMP pages with this official plugin.

Learn WordPress: Check out 500+ free WordPress tutorials.

Enabling AMP

The option is to enable AMP for your website. Simply select the “Website” check box against the “Experiences” section.

Enable AMP in WordPress Site

The “Stories” option will be disabled by default as you need Gutenberg plugin to create stories using AMP.

Choose Website Mode

This is an important setting in enabling AMP for your WordPress site. The plugin offers three options and you can choose depending upon your need.

Reader mode – this will use AMP theme and create paired AMP pages on your site. Though this is an easy way to enable AMP, it will create different and simple layout for your AMP site. This mode only supports posts/pages and does not support mobile redirection. This essentially means your AMP pages will be served only if there is a request for /amp/ URL from Google or other consumption platform.

Transitional mode – this mode is similar to the reader mode expect that it uses your current theme’s templates to create AMP pages.

Standard mode – enabling this mode will turn your site into a complete AMP site with all canonical URLs pointing to /amp/ URLs. IT also uses your theme’s layout to create AMP mobile pages.

Choose Website AMP Mode

Most likely you can only use the reader mode on your theme, especially when you are using jQuery based WordPress theme for your site. Ensure to test all script functions like menu items on your site works with AMP, regardless of the mode you choose.

Choosing Post Type and Templates

Depending upon your mode selection, you can choose the post type support for AMP.

Reader mode allows you to choose posts, pages and media. We recommend you to select posts if you want to use reader mode.

Enable AMP Post Type and Caching

Standard and transitional modes allow you to choose post types as well as templates on your site. You can choose to include or exclude particular templates from AMP page creation.

Transitional and Standard Mode Template Options

Error Validation

Again, the error validation option depends on your mode selection.

Reader mode does not need any error validation as it uses custom AMP layout.

For standard mode, all AMP errors are automatically parsed and accepted as your site uses AMP canonical URLs.

When you use transitional mode, you can either automatically access the AMP errors or manually check and accept. We recommend you to choose the checkbox for “Automatically access sanitization for any newly encountered AMP validation errors”.

AMP Validation Handling

Validate URLs

AMP Validation Errors

All you can see in the above screenshot, all errors in validation are automatically accepted based on the settings for transitional mode.

Error Index

AMP Validation Error Index

Caching Adding Analytics

AMP Google Analytics Setup

Final Words

Though the AMP plugin has one single page settings, it is not an easy task to setup AMP pages in WordPress site. The reader mode may work out of the box when you have simple theme. Other two modes and even reader mode will break the jQuery and other JavaScript features on your site. Therefore, we strongly recommend you to first test on your testing or local site before trying AMP on the live site. Alternatively, you can try other AMP for WP plugin or AMP supported themes for easier setup.

5 Tableau Tips For Designing A Tidy And Impactful Visualization

This article was published as a part of the Data Science Blogathon.

Introduction to Tableau Tips!

Creating a chart or visual in Tableau is rather straightforward. But what differentiates a basic visual from a great one?

That’s what we’ll aim to figure out in this article!

Look at the two bar charts below that I created in Tableau. Which one do you think gets the job done and also looks the most appealing?

If you thought the right one – I agree!

In this article, we shall start off with a simple bar chart and build a great visual following these 5 Tableau tips:


Making rounded bars

Format title, labels, and axes

Formatting chart area

Intuitive colour

Pro Tip: Open Tableau and work along with this article. Practical trumps theory here!

If you’re new to Tableau, check out the comprehensive free Tableau course for beginners by Analytics Vidhya.

Setting up the Dataset in Tableau

We’ll be using the Sample Superstore dataset that comes inbuilt with Tableau. Go to your Tableau home page and open the Superstore data source as shown below.

This dataset contains variables such as Sales, Profit, Segment, Category, Sub-Category etc. for the superstores in different states of the US. We’ll work with a basic chart showing the top 5 products by profit.

To identify the top 5 products, drag ‘Product Name’ once again from the variable shelf and drop it on the Filter card. A dialog box should appear.

Use the ‘Show Me’ option in the top right-hand corner and select the horizontal bar chart. Now we have our basic bar chart.

Tableau Tip #1: Sorting

Set the view to ‘Fit Height’. It should now look like this:

Tableau Tip #2: Making rounded bars

To make the visual more appealing, let’s give the bars rounded edges.

The visual will look something like this:

On the marks card, change the chart type to ‘Line’ and drag ‘Measure Names’ from the row shelf to ‘Path’ on the marks card. You should now see that the bars have become thin horizontal lines with curved edges.

On the marks card, go to Size and increase it to the desired level. The result should be something like this:

Hovering over the left end of the rounded bar shows a tooltip with AVG (0) field as well. Remove this from the tooltip on the marks card.

Tableau Tip #3: Format title, labels, and axes

Let us add data labels for the bars.

Putting labels at the right-end is much cleaner. I also made them bold for easy readability.

Now that we have the labels, the x-axis seems to be showing the same thing i.e. a repetition. Let us remove this.

Tableau Tip #4: Formatting chart area

If you look closely at the chart, you’ll notice grid lines. The vertical lines help in estimating the value of the bars, usually when an axis is present. But here, we have already added data labels so these lines do not hold much value. You could choose to keep them anyway but if this chart is used on a dashboard, these lines do not seem all that useful.

On the Format pane, go to Lines and then Columns. From Grid Lines, select ‘None’. If you want, you could also remove the Zero Line and Axis Ruler from here.

(I also center-aligned the row headers from the header formatting pane and reduced the font size a little bit).

Tableau Tip #5: Intuitive Colour

Tableau offers a variety of colours but for business use-cases, one should ideally stick to conservative/sober ones such as shades of blue, grey, and green among others.

Tableau gives blue colour as default. It is a decent choice in this case. You could experiment with other shades too. However, since we know we are showing the top 5 products by profit, green seems like a suitable colour (for bottom 5 products, say, it could be red). By giving this colour palette, the reader instantly associates green with good and red with bad so in a way, you are saving those bits of mental energy and time.

End Notes

There we have it! 5 steps to a cleaner visual in Tableau! Compare this visual with the chart we started out with and note the difference in impact. So now you know:

How to create rounded bar charts in Tableau

How to format labels and axis with minimal repetition

How to make subtle improvements in font and alignment

How to use color more intuitively

Go ahead and try these out for the bottom 5 products too and remember, this is not a one size fits all approach. Each visual that you build depends on what you are trying to show and the charts you use. So always approach visualization from a user’s perspective and keep asking yourself how you can best convey what you want the user to grasp.


What Is Adobe Creative Cloud?

Introduction to Adobe Creative Cloud

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What is Adobe Creative Cloud?

Creative cloud is obtainable for teams or individuals. Creative Services is the first hosted service that you can utilize in your production exertion and content conveyance. The second thing is the Creative Community, a group of creative people present throughout the world, which allows you to link more effortlessly with other like-minded people. Then comes the Creative Applications, which permit you to produce on personal computers and mobile devices, all linked through the Creative Cloud.

How did Adobe Creative Cloud Work?

For Creative Cloud to work, the following are the requirements:

A computer with the least requirements for the chosen application.

A steady Internet connection.

Must be entitled to receive either a university license or obtain a license via an Internal Service Request.

Adobe Creative Cloud can’t be considered as Software as a Service (SaaS). In this model, the server hosts the software, and it is accessed using a web-based interface. On the contrary, Creative Cloud applications are installed directly on your computer, meaning you are not required to be online to utilize Creative Cloud.

Adobe utilizes the cloud to make collaboration and file sharing much simpler for consumers. When the files are created in any of the Creative Cloud applications, you have the alternative to conserve them in the cloud. The saved files in the cloud can then be used from any device that has the internet.

You can utilize the Adobe Creative Cloud programs to produce an extensive range of products, from page layouts, illustrations, websites, pictures, 3D images, and videos. Combining the CC programs expands the chances for a designer.

What can you do with Adobe Creative Cloud?

With Adobe Creative Cloud, you can subscribe to membership monthly, providing you with the complete collection of Adobe tools and more. In addition, the members automatically get to use the latest products and complete updates as soon as they are available; with that, we also have some useful points that you should know what we can do with the Adobe Creative Cloud.

1. Produce a Website with Adobe Portfolio 2. Produce Animations for your Sketches and Website

There are various ways in which you can produce animations with Adobe Creative Cloud depending on your requirements. Begin by drawing a background or figure in an application like Photoshop or Illustrator. Then, you can convert it into a three-dimensional object or a life-like character in Animate or After Effects.

3. Utilize Adobe Fonts

As a Creative Cloud consumer, you can access numerous fonts with an option of download and utilize in any of your applications, projects, etc. Furthermore, you can peruse, activate, or deactivate your fonts within your several applications whenever you select.

4. Manage Content Reviews that are Real-Time

Whether it is about evaluating images, videos, written content, or website blueprint, you can get feedback and real-time reviews from your team members in a matter of seconds with Creative Cloud.

5. Application of CSS to your Website to Design your Web Pages

When utilizing AEM or Dreamweaver to construct your website, you may wish to register CSS to assist you in designing your web pages. Although this property is for more experienced Creative Cloud consumers, it works in association with HTML and is a good alternative if you wish to have more authority over the optical elements on your web pages.

6. Using your Creative Cloud Assets 7. Produce Custom Color Swatches

A color swatch conserves and unveils a diversity of selected patterns, colors, tints, and gradients. You can produce and control custom color swatches for your projects in different Creative Cloud applications like Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

How to Use Adobe Creative Cloud?

Following are the steps to use Adobe Creative Cloud:

First, choose a subscription level or use a free trial before switching to the subscription.

Install the application on up to two systems.

You can work within the application at your preferred time, even when you are not online.

Save up your files to your system or utilize the cloud storage that comes with the subscription.

Send links that contain the files to other people who can see or download them using a web browser.


The Adobe Creative Cloud allows you to produce and check digital hypermedia assets with industry-standard tools that supply the actual merit in media editing and production. Most of the applications are installed right on your systems and permit you to work on your digital media according to your comfort level. In addition, some tools like Portfolio, Spark that are web-based are also accessible and need access to the Internet.


Adobe Creative Cloud is a classic software alternative for photography, design, video, or web development. It consists of an extensive range of resources and tools to assist you in reaching your creative objectives. Since it is a cluster of executive digital hypermedia production tools for web, print, and video content, you can produce stunning images using Photoshop, produce vector-based sketches and graphics using Illustrator, work with videos and movies with complete post-production abilities using Premiere Pro, produce motion pictures and optical effects using After Effects, work with audio(record, edit, and mix) using Audition, and many more.

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The Rabbit Hole Of Generating Purely Fun And Harmless Images

How Qasim Iqbal started with Midjourney?

According to Qasim Iqbal, he came across Midjourney a little over a month ago. At first, he was intrigued by the speed and quality of generated images. Like most people, he went down an addictive rabbit hole of generating purely fun and harmless images; like an underwater lost Atlantic city by Michelangelo. However, once this initial excitement wore off, he decided to use it more seriously with an actual purpose in mind. The first serious image he generated was a labyrinth plan by Piranesi; this came about because he looked at labyrinth designs for a competition (until he got distracted by Midjourney).

From this, he moved towards Architecture in the style of some of his favorite artists, which was inspired by Steven Rubio (from Show It Better); this led him down a path where he started generating images influenced by artists such as Olafur Eliasson and Eduardo Chillida, etc. Even though he was more meticulous and directed in his approach. He wasn’t creating anything meaningful it was still just random images with no purpose or meaning. It was only when he started experimenting with ideas and values that he appreciated Architecture; he found a purpose for using Midjourney regularly; if he had to mark this milestone with a particular prompt or series of images. It would be the Persian Treehouse images.

This allowed him to explore the space he referred to as the “in-between” or the “blurred zone” (inspired by Peter Eisenman’s writings); the space where concept and reality collide. The Treehouse images showed him that to make the most out of the current version of Midjourney you want to create images that verge on the impossible and conceptual while making them approachable and realistic enough for viewers to dream with you.

The Silk and Stone Baroque Façade

“The Silk and Stone Baroque Façade series” is arguably his best work. He thinks it fits the idea of the “blurred zone” perfectly. For this image, he used his theoretical understanding of Baroque Architecture; its characteristics, and its qualities (such as the undulating façade). He then combined it with something that always amazes me. Bernini’s ability to allow the stone to become the rope in his David sculpture; the detail, tension, and dynamic form mesmerized him each time. He wanted to recreate that moment in Architecture, so he used the idea of fabric and silk Architecture to help merge those malleable and unpredictable forms of the fabric with the hardness and rigidity of the stone.

The image works so well because both materials are in a transition state, transforming into one another, lending each other qualities and characteristics they need to synthesize the juxtaposing façade. The transitional state of the materials also echoes the conditions of the “blurred zone” and “in-between” state between concept and reality, constantly fluctuating between both. There are moments when one must stop and slowly re-read the Architecture to depict what stone and silk are. This is what great Architecture should hold, the ability to make a person stop, look closely, and question.

The Blurred Zone

As Qasim Iqbal mentioned, the aim of the work (made in the blurred zone) is to make people stop, look and “see.” It ironically has an element of slowness to encourage caution and closer readings. It gives the viewer a glimpse of what he saw when crafting the prompt to generate the image; for them to learn something about architecture drives him to continue using Midjourney as a tool to dream.

Conclusion on Midjourney

As it stands today, Midjourney is a purely conceptual tool. He intends to use it in upcoming projects as a tool to help “sketch” general and specific ideas quickly. This can help create a mood board of sorts for the direction of your project. It can also help students and practitioners to visualize the space quickly; considering the type of lighting and mood you want spaces to have. However, there is a risk of allowing such technology to dictate design. For him, the biggest issue with AI generators is that you need to be aware of your direction and control. Especially when working on actual design work; you don’t want to let the AI control and move your project out of your hands (without good reason).

Another practical use for Midjourney is towards the end of a project when you have visuals of your design made from digital modeling and render software such as VRay, Enscape, etc. It is worth trying to amplify the renders by referencing them in Midjourney and adding prompts to promote your conceptual idea further. He tried this recently on his visuals from his latest master’s project. It was successful he was able to have control over the amount of weighting implied on the reference image, which let him create some super conceptual versions and others that were more realistic but still elevated. The clear issue with this is that dealing with an existing building created problems as it is impossible for Midjourney to replicate parts of an image. So, this proved to be tricky and less successful.

Midjourney is a powerful tool that opens new lanes for artists, architects, and designers when used appropriately and correctly. Authorship is a blurry situation with AI, but if people are clear by stating Midjourney (or any other AI) was used; then he doesn’t see an issue. Using the technology with caution and care ensures it remains a tool and not anything more. The key aspect of his view towards AI and design. For he does not see a future where AI can officially replace the mind of an Architect (artist or designer); as long as we do not let it.

About Mohammad Qasim Iqbal

Mohammad Qasim Iqbal, 24, a full-time Architecture student at Nottingham Trent University, is currently doing his master’s. His architectural interests lie deeply in studying masterful works of the past. Such as Palladio’s villas, Raphael’s paintings, or Giulio Romano’s Palazzo Te, to learn how the architect thinks and designs. His favorite “styles” are the Renaissance, Mannerism, and Baroque. For him, the architect’s value today lies in their ability to “see” like an Architect; this means they should be able to read and manipulate the language of Architecture. So they can speak (or choose not to speak) through it for others as well as themselves.

Twitter Alternative Bluesky Is Fun, Friendly, And Kind Of Empty

Ever since Twitter went under new management, it has been plagued with countless issues and threats to user experience. Other platforms are hoping to take its place.     

Shortly after the Elon Musk takeover, users put their hopes on Mastodon, but the open-source Twitter alternative has not taken off as expected. Now, the strongest contender to replace it as the internet’s water cooler is the decentralized Bluesky. 

Backed by former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Bluesky looks a lot like Twitter down to its corporate colors. We spent a couple of weeks there and these are our main takeaways. 

There are not a lot of people on there

Maybe the biggest hurdle preventing Bluesky from becoming the next huge thing on the internet is the fact that the platform is in a closed beta version. This means it’s a work in progress (more on that later) and that you can only get in there with an invite code. Users without an invitation can join an ever-growing waitlist that’s currently 1.9 million people long. 

[Related: Twitter turns to Community Notes to factcheck images]

During our first two weeks on the platform, we kept seeing a low rotation of content and skeets (that’s what they’re unofficially called, much to the dismay of Bluesky’s CEO, Jay Graber) by the same users over and over again. 

If you used Twitter to catch up on world events, you might find some of your go-to legacy media outlets haven’t made it to the platform or haven’t built their accounts just yet. For example, The New York Times only just appeared on Bluesky (at the time of writing it has 83 followers and no posts), while NPR has been there for a while, but shows no activity whatsoever. 

If you’re a Twitter power user moving to Bluesky, you might miss the endless scrolling and a continuous feed of fresh posts. But maybe the overwhelming amount of tweets is exactly why you’re running away from the bird app, so the small user base could also be a benefit depending on how you look at it. 

You might find it a nice and fun place

A party you can only attend when invited by somebody who’s already at the party is bound to become an echo chamber of like-minded people. And this is exactly what’s happening on Bluesky right now. Again, this can be a good or a bad thing depending on how you look at it—or which side of the aisle you sit on. 

Maybe because Twitter became an uncomfortable or straight-up unsafe place for some users, on Bluesky you’ll find a lot of politically liberal posters who are either part of the LGBTQ+ community or fully support it. You’ll find a lot of cute cat and dog content, memes, and users just nicely saying “Good morning” to the world. 

If this is all reminiscent of the early days of Twitter it’s not because having such a clearly defined vibe is a unique experience, but something most platforms go through at the beginning, and a direct result of having such a small user base. It’s possible all of this changes once Bluesky comes out of beta and opens up to a wider audience. 

It’s still in beta—and it shows

When in beta, apps are usually in a weird stage where they’re nearly formed but not quite there yet. Bluesky is currently in an adolescent phase, so users who have access to it are prone to stumble upon glitches and other aspects of the platform that need some development. 

In our experience, this translated into either no new skeets generated throughout the day, to our What’s Hot or Popular with Friends feeds going into an updating frenzy that, if left alone, could go on for minutes. And this didn’t happen once, but repeatedly and almost every day. There is also a delay between you skeeting or reskeeting a post and it showing up on your profile, as well as outdated follower counts. Notifications were also glitchy, and sometimes they don’t go away immediately after you view them.

This is not to throw shade on Bluesky, as errors and interruptions are a normal occurrence in a beta program. But if you’re interested in joining the platform and manage to get an invite code, you should know that your experience will probably not be seamless. If, on the other hand, you have little patience with glitches, wait until the site opens up to the public, as you should expect smoother functionality then. 

The similarities with Twitter can be confusing at first

Sometimes you’re walking down the street and someone in the distance looks familiar, but you have a hard time figuring out whether it’s that friend you met at your first job or a total stranger. The feeling is akin to when you first migrate from Twitter to Bluesky, mainly because the interfaces are undeniably reminiscent of each other. The colors are very much alike, and the page layout with a main feed flanked by two sidebars, is more or less the same. Even the order of the options on the main navigation sidebar is similar.   

But that’s the problem: it’s similar but not quite the same. This will result in occasional confusion, especially while you figure out how feeds work. The structure of feeds, Bluesky’s way to sort content, is the main difference between the platform and the bird app. While on Twitter you have only two feeds (the messy, algorithmically-customized For You, and the old-school Following), Bluesky gives you three feeds by default: 

Following: A chronological timeline with all the skeets from the people you follow.  

What’s Hot: An algorithmically-curated timeline with the top trending skeets from all over Bluesky.

Popular With Friends: A little bit of both above, this timeline compiles the top trending content among the people you follow.  

As a Bluesky user, you can also create your own feeds (for you and other people to follow) but at the moment the process is not streamlined and requires coding know-how. The platform’s goal is to make feed-making more intuitive and create an “algorithm marketplace” so users have more control over what they see on Bluesky and how that content is sorted. 

Bluesky takes content moderation seriously

Twitter has some very useful content moderation tools but if you’re not a power user you might not exactly know where to find them or how to use them. Bluesky put its content moderation tools front and center, and you can access them directly from the main left sidebar on the homepage—no diving into the settings menu required. 

Go to Moderation and you’ll find some useful items. Muted accounts and Blocked accounts are self-explanatory: they’re the lists of the people you’ve filtered out of your feeds, and going here will allow you to edit that roster as you see fit. 

Mute lists are an interesting addition—it allows you to create themed blacklists of accounts you can mute and unmute in bulk. For instance, if you identify a handful of users who tend to post spoilers, you can add them all to a list and avoid their posts around the time a season of your favorite show is coming to an end. You can then easily unmute them all in one go once you’re all caught up with the show by unsubscribing to your own mute list. The list will still be there, though, and you can subscribe to it again if you want to. 

[Related: How to banish toxic posts from your social feeds]

Finally, Content filtering is an intuitive menu where you can choose the level of filtering of sensitive content in your feeds. You can choose between Hide and Show (an all-or-nothing approach), or set the filter to warn you about certain types of posts. Bluesky offers granular options for sexual content, allowing you to choose the exact volume of Explicit sexual images, Other nudity (this includes non-sexual and artistic nudity), and Sexually suggestive content you’d like to see. The site doesn’t have a help site yet, so it is unclear whether these filters apply only to images or if they also include other types of posts. The platform also offers an option to filter out gorey content (Violent/bloody), but you won’t be able to be as granular as you can be when curating how many sexually charged posts you see in your feeds. 

As far as Twitter alternatives go, the lack of a steep learning curve makes Bluesky a pretty good option, even if there are still some details left to tweak. But whether this is the platform that will take the bird app’s place, is still unclear. In the meantime, you can use Twitter to see if you can get an invite code—unless you’re willing to join the waitlist for who knows how much longer. 

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