The Hive, one of the places where Twitter orphans were supposed to find shelter, is currently in a lot of trouble. The developers of the application shut down the servers to repair serious vulnerabilities related to user security. The error allows us to follow live what the battle between David and Goliath looks like.
The servers have been shut down and Hive is currently unusable. Security vulnerabilities were reported by specialists from the Zerforschung organization. Despite assurances that the team responsible for the application was taking care of the problem, the holes remained unpatched, so Zerforschung decided to officially alert the public. The developers of Hive defended themselves by saying that they were talking about “fixing” and not “fixing” the bugs, until they finally shut down the servers to calmly clarify the problem.
This is quite an unusual solution. It is hard to imagine that Facebook, Gmail or even Twitter, which have started to suffer from a lack of professionals, will suddenly stop working for a few days. Then we would have to deal with quite a mess, as even several hours of problems with Facebook make people think that the Internet has stopped working.
Hive’s failure shows the seemingly obvious difference between giants and little ones
Only a two-person team is reportedly responsible for the application. Suddenly, the creators experienced a real siege, because in a short time the number of users exceeded 2 million. Many people have started looking for a new place on social media following what is happening on Twitter. The receivers are applications like Mastodon or Hive. Only temporary success is one thing, because then comes the gray reality, and it is not so easy to be ready for such a big jump in popularity. Suddenly, a niche application has to deal with what large companies work with on a daily basis.
Therefore, it can be said that technological giants are simply too big to fail. Will users be patient enough to wait for Hive to be patched? Or would they rather go back to Twitter because even though Musk is what he is, his service works. At least for now.
I dreamed of a new reality in the world of social media and wrote that we no longer need more big ones who will push with the current leaders. On the contrary, they can be in smaller places, but operate on a different basis, where the users will be seen. They will be the most important element of these platforms, and not, as is the case now, a lot controlled by algorithms and advertisers.
The error in Hive is interesting because it shows that there may be a problem with this as well. Mali does not have the resources and tools to handle basic functioning. For now, Hive is thankfully just a warning, but it goes without saying that such projects plucked from non-existence, like Mastodon, will survive adversity.
In the discussion about social media and the companies that shake it up, the most common proposal is to temper it, for example through regulations
Perhaps it is worth considering what could be done to support smaller but promising alternatives to giants. It is difficult and problematic on many levels, but something must be done. Of course there will be voices that this would be “market interference”, but well: it’s already happening and for a long time.
Let’s go to 2012. There were very important words then:
– P4 must necessarily be preferred in the supply if we want to maintain the competitiveness of the market. Because it’s not about P4, it’s about the competitiveness of the market, about the fact that there is always pressure from competition and breath at the back of two large groups, and even if we treat PTC and Orange separately, they are three big players.
This is what the former president of the Office of Electronic Communications Anna Streżyńska said, defending the decision that the P4 operator should be favored in the supply of the 1800 MHz frequency.
At that time the point was that the frequencies in this band were unequally divided. “With 2-3 players, this market becomes oligopolistic, so we need the fourth operator as a balance” – said Streżyńska.
Of course, I realize that these two questions are not comparable, but there is some analogy. For social media, the situation is even more complicated because the market is theoretically huge and there is enough room for everyone. It is not known who would be the regulator, after all portals operate globally.
However, we do not escape the discussion about how to support the smaller ones
It wasn’t there before, so today the internet looks like it does. It’s not about getting Hive or Mastodon to “beat” Twitter or Facebook and create a new monopoly. Instead, the question arises of how to facilitate their functioning in a difficult market. I have no clear suggestions, but I also have no doubt that if we let the little ones go before they develop, then there is no alternative later.
Hive is in trouble. The prose of modern life: the little ones have no way to fight the monopolists