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Why Hive Social Is Better Than Mastodon

Jasmyne Jeffery November 22, 2022

With all the problems at Twitter, the internet has been searching for the best alternative to the popular app. Narrowed down to two, we take a look at why Hive Social is better than Mastodon.

Since Elon Musk took over Twitter there have been increasing issues that have pushed fans away. From the Twitter Blue subscription being implemented, then redacted, allowing Donald Trump back (even if he wasn’t that bothered) and a large number of bugs in recent weeks.

And though fans are flocking away from Twitter as one would jump from a sinking ship, the fundamental principle of the app has fans looking for an alternative. Though lots of names have been thrown into the mix, the most popular have been Hive Social and Mastodon. Although both have their perks, we think that Hive Social is better than Mastodon.

What Are The Differences?

If you’re unaware of what the apps are, here is a quick rundown of each one.

What Is Mastodon?

Mastodon is community-owned and labels itself as an open-source decentralised social network. That basically means it’s not connected to a larger company and that it’s free from advertising and other things that would make it money. That also means no algorithms. Your feed is in chronological order and there’s nothing hidden behind the screens showing you what you think you want to see.

What makes it different from both Twitter and Hive Social is its use of servers. When you create an account, you’ll be asked to join a server of something that interests you. There are loads on there so you’re not limited, and it means you’re sharing a digital social space with like-minded people. However, one account can only belong to one server, so you better pick the topic you’re most passionate about.

You can set up automatic post deletion for older posts, approve followers and opt out of search engine indexing.

In other ways, it’s very similar to Twitter. You toot instead of tweet, and you have a 500-character limit. You can favourite and boost, which is very similar to retweeting.

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What Is Hive Social?

Only a few years old, Hive has grown in overwhelming popularity since Twitter’s downfall. Out of the two, it’s the app that more closely resembles Twitter. You follow the accounts you’re interested in, post text and images and there’s even a discovery page to keep up with what’s trending. Profile layouts even look remarkably similar to Twitter.

If you’re an oldie and remember My Space, then there’s one feature of Hive Social that might really be up your street. You can add a song to their profile for followers to listen to as they’re browsing your tweets. Whether it be your favourite song so followers can more of an understanding of you, or you want it to be ‘I Know A Song That Will Get On Your Nerves’, we think it’s a pretty cool feature.

One of the downsides of Hive Social is that it isn’t available on the desktop yet. The mobile-only app has seen a huge influx of users in the last few weeks, so it may not be long until it’s optimised for laptops and computers too.

Why Is Hive Social Better Than Mastodon?

To put it simply, Hive Social is better because it more closely resembles Twitter, without all its recent issues. You’re not limited to one interest, you can still keep up to date with what’s going on in the world, and to be honest, the UI is just more interesting. Plus, we’re really sold on that music feature too.

It’s freer, more creative and has seen a massive amount of new users in the last few weeks — a high percentage of which have stayed and recommended it to others.

Users are encouraging others to make the switch.

Others have agreed that its really not that dissimilar to Twitter.

That’s not to say that Mastodon doesn’t have its benefits, but for the average Twitter user, Hive Social is your best alternative

Hive Social has clear-cut rules on its regulations too. Nothing can be NSFW (Not Safe For Work) and there’s a strict ban on hate speech, bullying and more of the like.

We’ve given you our recommendation, now it’s up to you to pick the lifeboat.

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Hello! My name is Jasmyne and I’m a soon-to-be graduate of English and Creative Writing at the University of South Wales. Originally from North Devon, I now love living in Cardiff. I’m really into my movement; an advocate for joyful movement. I spend my free time either reading, at the Wales Millennium Centre, or running around the city.