|Weekly News Digest
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What's Up With Hive Social?
Catherine Thorbecke writes the following in “Hive Is the Latest Twitter Alternative to Gain Steam—and to Show How Hard It Would Be to Replace Twitter” for CNN Business:
Amid the chaos [of Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover], several Twitter alternatives have reported a surge in new users. The latest to gain mainstream momentum is Hive Social, an app that combines some of the familiar elements of Instagram, Twitter and even MySpace, and which was reportedly started by a college student who taught herself how to code. …
App analytics firm Sensor Tower confirmed to CNN Business … that Hive Social has seen approximately 871,000 worldwide installs—more than a third of which came in the last week [before Nov. 23] alone.
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I decided to give Hive Social a try: NewsBreaks is on Hive Social @itinewsbreaks. I find the interface really easy-to-use and uncluttered so far, but the search function needs a lot of work. Like BookTok and Bookstagram, people are trying to get a BookHive community going. If you’re thinking about joining Hive Social, I encourage you to check out Twitter user @tavernaut’s thread, which lays out some potential concerns: twitter.com/tavernaut/status/1595150005647835136. The comments there are mostly well-thought-out and relevant. If anyone is finding that another Twitter alternative, such as Mastodon, is working well for them, please let me know in the comments. NewsBreaks is also still on Twitter (for now): @ITINewsBreaks.
—Brandi Scardilli, NewsBreaks editor
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