Hive Social’s 24-year old founder said it was ‘unsurprising’ that Elon Musk acknowledged the existence of her small but growing social media app vying to lure Twitter users

Hive is the latest social media app to climb to the top of the App Store as Twitter users look for alternatives.
Elon Musk even took notice, responding to a tweet asking, “what the f— is hive.” 
Hive’s 24-year-old founder told Insider she wasn’t surprised Musk acknowledged the app, given its surge in popularity.

A crop of smaller social media apps has grown in popularity over the past few weeks as some Twitter users threaten to head for the exit in light of Elon Musk’s management of the social media giant.  

Mastodon and Tumblr have seen a recent explosion of growth, but Hive Social is the latest buzzy social media app to climb the ranks of Apple’s App Store, and even Elon Musk took notice.

“What the f— is hive, weren’t we all hot on mastodon like two seconds ago,” one Twitter user wrote. 

Musk seemingly laughed off the competition, responding on Monday with a short “lmao.” 

In a conversation with Insider, Hive Social’s 24-year-old founder, Raluca Pop, said it was “unsurprising” that Musk noticed the platform. 

“We were trending for almost 4 or 5 days straight, and I figured he had probably seen it,” she said. 

Pop, who runs Hive with two other people, said that when someone initially sent her the Musk tweet, “I was like, ‘oh my gosh, wow, that’s real?’… I was just kind of like, “oh, cool. We were acknowledged.”

Hive Social has “created a safe and healthy community,” according to Pop. It’s an idea that may appeal to some Twitter users who have disapproved of Musk’s decision to bring back some banned accounts, including the one belonging to former President Donald Trump.  

Pop said her team does not yet include content moderators, which will likely be key to ensuring the platform …read more

Source:: Businessinsider

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