Update: More invites available! You may use the same link that’s in the post. Sorry to anyone that missed it earlier. Now is your chance! Enjoy.

HiveLiveHiveLive is a new service currently in private beta that allows users to post and share any type of information on the web. It’s an interesting service that is a mix of blogging, social networking, and information management. Members create their own “hives” where they can post information of any kind privately, with a select group of friends, or publicly for anyone to see. I’ve tested around with HiveLive for a while and overall think it’s a pretty useful service because there are many possibilities with it. I can create a hive for saving sensitive information privately, maintain a blog with commenting, create a forum for my site, write recipes, store notes, and more. The bad news for some is that HiveLive is in private beta. Fortunately for Solution Watch readers, I’ve got a special invitation code that lasts up to 100 signups, so have at it: Signup to HiveLive.

The first area you come to when logging in is the HiveLive Dashboard which gives you an overview of all activity on HiveLive relating to your account. You can see an overview of recent postings in your hives that you and your friends have made, view recent comments that have been made, and also see who’s active in your network of friends. If it is your first time logging in, you will see HiveLive has added quite a bit of sample content for you to browse through. I found this to be very helpful because it gave me an idea of the possibilities (Note: You can easily remove the sample content at any time by simply going to the Hives section and clicking the minus icon next to the hive). As of now, the dashboard seems to be the best way to keep up on activity around your hives being that I could not find a trace of feeds to subscribe to or anything. I’d hope feeds are present in the future, especially for users that create hives acting as their blogs.

The first step you would want to take is to get familiar with how the system works and to do this, I recommend creating a hive. Browse to the “Hives” section and click on the link, “Create a Hive.” Step 1 is to give your hive a name, tagline, and description. Continuing to the next step will allow you to select read and write privileges to limit who can post in your hive and who can read it. Now comes the more confusing part, “types.”

Creating a hive to store information works much like a custom database service where you make your own forms with your own fields for specific information and organize them the way you want. HiveLive refers to these forms as “types” and provides pre-made types for you to choose from including structured blog entries, bookmarks, recipes, notes, acount details, and so on. You can add as many types to a hive as you would like so you can store information freely and organized. I created a Music Collection hive which includes types for storing albums, bookmarks, and notes for posting anything related to music I own or want to own.

Once your hive has been created and you’ve got all the types you’d like, start posting. As you will see, the interface is much like a blogging platform where posts are listed on the left and types are along the right as well as links to add information of any type. If your hive is public, other users viewing your hive will also be able to post information, acting as a public information manager or blog. Viewers can also go into each posting and add comments. Once you get things going and if your hive is meant to be public invite your friends, add users in your network as members of your hive, and watch the community grow.

HiveLive also has a community section to help get members and public hives some exposure. The main page shows the most recent HiveLive blog entry, overall usage statistics, and recent public posts and comments out of all the HiveLive members. Entering the community Hives page allows you to view all public hives sorted by last update, popularity, or creation date. The community People page is just like the Hives page where it lists all HiveLive members sorted by last update, popularity, or registration date.

What I like about HiveLive the most is that it has almost endless possibilities. HiveLive has turned your basic boring information manager into a social and collaborative information manager with flexibility. You can create a personal blog, forum, project development tool, private contact form, bookmark manager, music collection manager, recipe manager, and… you’ve probably got the idea. I feel HiveLive has potential with its unique social system and it’s userbase seems to be growing at a nice rate. It’s interface is fun and lively and users seem to overall enjoy the service posting and commenting with freedom, making lists about topics, discussing favorite websites, working collaboratively on projects, sharing recipes, and more.

If HiveLive catches your interest and you would like to give it a try, grab one of the 100 available signups before it’s too late! HiveLive invitation for Solution Watch readers: Signup to HiveLive.


15 Comments on “HiveLive Social Information Manager (100 Invites!)”

  1. compwoman says:

    Thanks for the invitation

  2. Dennis says:

    Looks like an interesting tool with a great mix of function. Thanks for the invite.

  3. Devin says:

    Hi Brian, if you run out of the 100 invites your readers are free to use this link as well.

  4. Carlos says:

    Wow! It looks like the initial 100 invitations have quickly run out.

    I have gone ahead and added more signups to the Solutionwatch link.

    We’re looking forward to your feedback and ideas.

    Thanks for your interest and welcome to HiveLive!

    -Carlos from HiveLive.

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  6. Noel Cower says:

    Sweet, I’m in the review. :D

  7. Brian Benzinger says:

    Devin – Thanks for sharing! I did run out a little before you commented, so perfect timing :-).

    Carlos – Thanks for adding more invites to the link. I’m surprised they got used up so fast!

    Noel – Hah, awesome. Glad to make you part of the review and cool that you noticed! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  8. weisheng says:

    Wow sounds great, thanks for the review and invites. Look forward to giving it a test run.

  9. Sridhar says:

    I clicked on ‘Signup to HiveLive’ link, entered the desired info and submitted the info only to get:

    The following error was encountered:

    Unable to determine IP address from host name for hivelive.com

    The dnsserver returned:

    Timeout

  10. Sridhar says:

    I managed to sign up. What will make this web service complete is a calendar where I can manage events complete w/ reminders.

  11. dglp says:

    I’ve signed up. Thanks!

  12. Jeff Petrosky says:

    would like to try HiveLive! :-)

  13. zskj says:

    I want have a try !

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