- Hive Social was No. 1 on the App Store’s top social apps as of late Tuesday
- Hive allows users to add music to their profiles
- Some users have raised security concerns about non-unique usernames
Twitter alternative Hive Social has passed the 1 million mark in downloads and it appears interest in the app has grown significantly, especially after it spiked over the weekend when Twitter boss Elon Musk announced the reinstatement of former President Donald Trump.
As of Tuesday, Hive was listed in the top 20 apps in the US App Store, TechCrunch reported. It has crossed the 1 million download mark and continues to be a hot topic on Twitter.
According to TechCrunch, Hive saw a spike in new user signups starting Friday and throughout the weekend. At the same time, Musk’s Twitter reinstated Trump’s suspended account, although the former president said he saw no reason to return to the social media platform as he already has his own Truth Social app.
From No. 338 overall on the top list of iPhone apps in the US App Store, Hive has since made a huge jump into the Top 20. The platform was No. 24 in Canada as of Tuesday and was No. 17 in the United Kingdom, the agency reported, citing data from the Sensor Tower.
As of late Tuesday afternoon, Hive Social was No. 1 on the App Store’s list of top social networking apps, followed by Gas, WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook and Facebook Messenger. Twitter is not in the top 10.
On Monday, a Twitter user asked what Hive was, adding that social media users were “hot on the mastodon like two seconds ago.” Twitter’s new boss responded, “lmao.”
Speaking about Musk noticing Hive, the app’s 24-year-old founder, Raluca Pop, told Insider it wasn’t a surprise since the app had been “trending for almost 4 or 5 days straight, and I figured he probably saw it. “
Pop said Hive has “created a safe and healthy community,” and while the team has yet to hire content moderators, “there’s not really toxicity there.”
Hive Social, which is operated by Pop and just two other developers, offers some features similar to Twitter in that it has a main feed and allows for the posting of images and text. However, it also allows users to add music to their profiles, as noted on the app’s website.
However, some users have raised concerns about Hive Social’s security, as the app lacks unique usernames, thus encouraging impersonation, TechCrunch reported.
Despite security concerns and allegedly vague privacy policies, some Twitter users are calling on other tweeps to make the big move.
DC and Marvel artist Mark Brooks said: “Hive is the best alternative to Twitter.” He also posted a screenshot of his Hive account for his followers’ reference.
Twitch streamer Lowco acknowledged that Hive is “catching on.” He said the app was easy to use and “feels familiar,” but questioned whether it can “move fast enough” to make the necessary improvements before interest fades.
Top Rope Nation podcast host Ryan Droste said he opened a Hive account as “it seems like all the cool kids are going for a potential Twitter alternative.”
Moonlit eSports player Synume said Hive “wasn’t actually a bad alternative.”
One user said that while Hive “can’t realistically replace Twitter,” he was willing to give the app a chance as it’s still a “promising” option for users looking for another similar platform.
Other users have posted similar comments about the app – that it’s a good alternative, but needs to fix the security and registration issues that could deter other social media users from jumping ship.