Hive Social, what it is and how it works the alternative to Twitter of the moment

Hive Social, what it is and how it works the alternative to Twitter of the moment

Hive Social

Internet users have been clamoring for alternative social networks long before Elon Musk bought Twitter and wreaked havoc. However, the hunt for a suitable replacement has accelerated after most of the company's staff were fired or chose to leave. From BeReal to Friendica and Mastodon, there are several platforms that are experiencing a moment of great popularity in a phase in which traditional social networks are increasingly in crisis. An app that has recently established itself is Hive Social , a service that apparently would be managed by only two people .

" The goal is to allow users to stay in touch with friends and family ; we went for simplicity and people seem to like the chronological feed a lot,” Hive Social CEO Kassandra Pop told Teen Vogue in 2021. Overall, the Hive structure looks like a cross between Twitter and Instagram. One of the main aspects that make the platform different from the others, however, is the role of algorithms, which is reduced to a minimum here.

It must be emphasized that on Hive the fundamental security measures and accessibility functions expected from traditional social networks are not yet present. For Android smartphone owners, it may be worth waiting for an update, since the recently released Hive app has a lot of bugs, many more than the iOS version. Furthermore, for the moment, the service does not include a desktop version. To stay updated on the growth of the service it is possible to follow the social network team on Twitter , LinkedIn , or on Hive itself (the account, of course, is @hive).

If you are curious to find out the reasons for the clamor around Hive Social, below are instructions for signing up and some tips for new users.

How to sign up

Download Hive Social from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. Open the app and tap on " Create an account ". On the next page, you can choose whether to create a profile using your email address, your phone number, or using your Apple or Google credentials. After that, you may need to enter a security code or click on a link sent to your phone number or email.

After entering your date of birth, on the next screen you will need to choose the name that will be displayed on the app and a username (think of the latter as the equivalent of the Twitter handle, even if in this case it can be used uniquely by multiple accounts).

At this point, select three or more topics that interest you: for example anime, technology and horror. Tap on “ Start Exploring ” to find and follow the people you like.

Select the tab with the beehive icon (the first on the left) to see the posts of the people you follow. The magnifying glass icon lets you find content posted to the community and look for other people to follow. The central tab – the one indicated by a circle with the “ + ” – is used to compose your posts. The next tab –  marked by a bell icon – is dedicated to notifications, while the last one on the right allows you to access your profile.

Tips for newcomers

If you have trouble signing up via email, try using your phone number.

Adult content is allowed on the app, but you need to enable it first. Visit your profile page, tap the settings cog, choose Privacy and Safety, then tap the Mature Content tab and slide the toggle to the right. Posts containing nudity must be marked as Nsfw ( not safe for work ).

On the Privacy and Safety page, you can make your account private, so that it is only visible to your followers. From here you can also mute specific keywords (" Hidden Words "), control who can comment on your posts and block accounts.

From the settings page, tap Music to link your account to Spotify or Apple Music and choose a song to accompany your profile. You can make it play automatically when the profile page is opened, and consider it as your presentation soundtrack. The first song is free, the rest of the songs must be purchased.

Tap the question mark icon on a profile you follow to direct a public question to that account.

When editing your profile, you can set the pronouns you prefer to be addressed by so that they are only visible to a specific audience.

Perhaps you are used to the limit of four photos that Twitter allows you to attach to a post: Hive, on the other hand, allows users to add multiple images to a content .

Finally, don't forget to use hashtags if you want your post to appear in the tab for the research.

This article originally appeared on US.

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