Hiive? Swarm? What?
I signed up to Hiive, and joined the swarm and then toddled on to the event – which I then realised was being sponsored by Hiive. At various points through the day we were told “these notes will be made available on the Hiive swarm…”
So, what exactly is this Hiive thing?
… a unique networking, collaboration and job-finding tool for UK creatives. Powered by the industry skills body Creative Skillset, and inspired by the Creative Industries Council, Hiive offers the pick of creative job opportunities from leading employers across the UK.
Someone described it to me as like LinkedIn but for creative people. My immediate response to that was “oh, but I’m not creative…” but actually, when you think about the work I do – it’s mostly based around writing and coming up with ideas. Which is creative. In fact, I would argue that all bloggers are creative – after all, we’re creating something with our blogs, aren’t we?
I’ve spent some time nosing about on Hiive lately, and so far I’m loving it. It’s a fairly new site and it has this great feeling about it, that you can use it for whatever you want.
Swarms, for example: there’s an introductory video which tells you the functionality available, and then says “we can’t wait to see wht you use them for…” I love that freedom where you’re given the tools but not told what to do with them. A swarm is a bit like a Facebook group, but with different functionality. You can add resources as either a link or a document, and swarm members can add their own media if they like, as well as having a space for discussions. If your swarm has its own YouTube channel or other social media channels, you can link those too. I’ve set one up for single parent bloggers for use in upcoming projects, so if you’re a single parent blogger do please join up.
I think swarms would be brilliant for bloggers working collaboratively – on blogs or vlogs or events or otherwise. It’s a great tool for collaboration in a more creative way than other more text-based project management tools.
What I love about Hiive is that it’s a lot more open and easy to use – and it’s set up entirely with creativity in mind. There are lots of companies on there, and they advertise their jobs there – and if a job matches your skillset, you get a notification to tell you about it.
There is also a section for Courses, where you can search relevant courses and also advertise your own. It’s kind of like Eventbrite but easier to use because you can assume all the courses on there are targeted to creatives, rather than all the other things you get on Eventbrite. Also some of the courses are things you can learn about there and then, rather than having to go to an actual venue at a set date and time.
Hiive is also used for recruitment, with many big name companies now using it to advertise creative positions and to head hunt potential collaborators. You can also choose to showcase your work on your profile, and get notifications whenever a job is posted that fits your skillset.
Finally, there’s a section called Knowledge which is just like a massive library of everything you need to know – including the Hiive podcast. There’s loads of help and support for using Hiive, but also for working, job seeking, creativity, all sorts. It’s a fantastic resource that’s well maintained so I’ve yet to come across any rubbish articles that aren’t useful.
At the moment, Hiive is still fairly new so there aren’t huge amounts of users on there – but I’ve a feeling it’ll grow as time goes on and become a great way of collaborating creatively.