The misfortune of some is the happiness of others. While Twitter, recently bought by Elon Musk, is going through dark times, the frustrated are looking for a new space to express themselves. Among the alternatives, the new one, Hive Social, is enjoying growing success. “1 million best friends and the number continues to grow,” cheers Hive Social Inc. post posted on… Twitter. A message that is ironic to say the least, while this network social created in 2019, is considered the perfect replacement for the blue bird. But what is the success of this young platform?
1,000,000 Besties and the number keeps growing! 🌈🔥Thank you all who followed usjoinedShared their posts and profiles in Hive, invested in our WeFunder, and in general just the us so incredible amount of support! 🐝💛 peak.twitter.com/3IOliTf647 — Hive (@TheHIVE_Social) November 21, 2022
Hive Social: When Twitter Meets Instagram
Unlike Mastodon, which is based on a decentralized and open source model, Hive Social is a centralized network and owned by Hive Social Inc. Aesthetically, Hive has nothing to envy to the giants of the sector. Light, colorful, clear, the app is a clever mix of Twitter, Instagram and Curious.cat. From the very beginning, Hive has resumed posting statuses with the integration of hashtags and various media (images, videos, gifs, polls, etc.). From the second it restores sharing photos accompanied by captions, all classified in a grid. From the last, less well-known, the format of questions / answers is adopted. Once son alias selected, on you can add a photo, a short biography, tags to identify you on specific topics. The interface is customizable, dark mode is also available. All codes are there. When the engine starts, on We can also choose topics that interest us. A step that should not be overlooked as you will then navigate through topics related to those topics. A “trends” tab and another “for you” tab allow you to either follow trends or access content that the algorithm finds interesting for you. Finally, if you’re a musician, the app provides a MySpace 2.0 style music profile. So, on paper, the application is very complete, even too much to run smoothly. Like Mastodon, but for different reasons, Hive takes time to get used to.
Net social still under construction
Like many young social networks, Hive is far from perfect. First in son daily use, marked by numerous errors. In early November, users also experienced problems identifying or creating an account. For some it was impossible to create an account, others were surprised to find IDs identical to their own.
On November 19, 2022, the company also acknowledged that people “came in from force into the system (…) and used a roundabout way of logging in.” Among other grievances, a software development manager at Apple pointed to the “summary password creation operation,” Numerama recalls. Finally, Hive Social is not aware of personal data. No delegate for protection Data in accordance with the requirements of the GDPR and management of permissions to access contacts and photos and very condescending. So yes, Hive Social is a network social attractive to say the least son Interface and its features. But the company that develops it still has work to do to optimize face hidden from his platform. Problems faced by Twitter, Instagram and other services in the early days of their existence.