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Hyves logo
Hyves homepage screenshot.png
URL http://hyves.nl
Status Offline 2013-12-02[1]
Archiving status Saved!
Archiving type Unknown
Project source https://github.com/ArchiveTeam/hyves-grab
Project tracker http://tracker.archiveteam.org/hyves/
IRC channel #archiveteam-bs (on hackint)
(formerly #angerthehyve (on EFnet))
Data[how to use] hyves

Hyves.nl is a Dutch social network for the whole family. On Hyves you meet friends, young and old. You can chat, scribble each other and share pictures. You can also predict soccer matches, play games or listen to music. And of course we’ll keep an eye on things to make sure that Hyves will always be a safe and cozy place to get together.[2]

What's a hyve?

Besides a beehive, a hive is a place swarming with activity. In a hyve you can:

  • Share photos & videos
  • Post messages & comments
  • Share calendars
  • View profiles of members of the hyve

Many people start a hyve for their football team, their fraternity or their sorority. It's an easy way to pass on information to everyone- by SMS, the agenda or group messages. There are also closed hyves of families and friends.[3]


Hyves transformeert naar Online Gaming portal

Amsterdam, 31 oktober 2013 – Hyves, het sociale netwerk van Nederlandse bodem, gaat zich vanaf maandag 2 december 2013 volledig toeleggen op online gaming. Het is de meest recente stap in de voortdurende evolutie die Hyves sinds haar oprichting in 2004 heeft doorgemaakt.[4]

English translation:

Hyves transforms into Online Gaming portal

Amsterdam, October 31, 2013 – Hyves, the all-Dutch social network, will start focusing entirely on online gaming from December 2, 2013. This is the most recent step in the continuous evolution, that Hyves has experienced since its inception in 2004.

TMG abandons Hyves social media site to focus on gaming

Thursday 31 October 2013

The Telegraaf Media Group is to stop running its Hyves social network site on December 2 to focus fully on its gaming network, the company said in a press release on Thursday.

TMG bought Hyves – once seen as the Dutch Facebook - in 2010 for €44m. Since then, Hyves users have stepped over en masse to its international competitor.

Launched in 2004, by 2010, some 60% of the Dutch had a Hyves account. But by 2012 this had plunged to 25%, RTL news reported.

At the beginning of 2013, a games portal was established under the Hyves label. Now 25 different developers have contracts with the site which currently offers 400 games, TMG said.[5]

Archiving and contributing

The archiving will take place in two phases: user discovery and data archiving. There is a separate Warrior script and tracker for each phase.

Regardless of which phase you take part in, please join our IRC channel to stay up to date on the latest news, and discuss the project with others! Of course you're also welcome if you're not (yet) taking part in the archiving, or if you need help or have questions. You can follow live statistics here!

Contributing is easy, and we absolutely need your help - it only takes a few minutes to help us out and get up and running!

Phase 1: User discovery (low bandwidth)

... or, more appropriately, user and group discovery. The Warrior will receive known user and group names from the tracker, scrape them for other referenced users and groups, and return the results to the tracker. This way, we can find out the names of all users and groups on Hyves.

Contributing to this phase doesn't require a lot of bandwidth; it is the recommended phase to contribute to from a home connection. There is a minor chance of your IP getting temporarily blocked from Hyves (approximately a day), but this rarely happens.

This phase is (almost) complete! To contribute, download the Warrior and select the 'Hyves Discovery' project. (works now!) If you don't want to use the Warrior (for example, you are on a Linux system and don't want the overhead of a virtual machine), you may follow the manual setup instructions at https://github.com/ArchiveTeam/hyves-username-grab.

Phase 2: Data archiving (high bandwidth)

During this phase, you will be downloading actual user and group data; forum threads, videos, pictures, and so on. This phase is more suited for high-bandwidth connections (such as servers), but can be run from a home connection.

This phase is currently active! To contribute, download the Warrior and select the 'Hyves Content' project. If you don't want to use the Warrior, you may follow the manual setup instructions (for servers, etc.) here - it doesn't take long to get up and running!

Please ensure that you have seesaw 0.0.16 installed. This version was released several days ago, and you are likely still running 0.0.15 if you have run an ArchiveTeam pipeline (like hyves-username-grab) before. Run pip install --upgrade seesaw to update!


About 9,000,000 profiles/sites were saved. A few profiles ~3000, particularly ones with leading or trailing dashes, were not saved in time.

The WARC files are uploaded into the Angering the Hyves collection.

Previously, the Wayback Machine did not have pages available because of the evil robots.txt exclusion. Currently, replaying pagination and photo viewing is not working. However, these artifacts are safely recorded within the WARC files. Contact us on IRC for assistance if needed.

There is a list of usernames and in what collection they ended up here


  • Over US$1000 has been spent on cloud computing.
  • Over 2000 IP addresses in total were used by volunteers.
  • 1000 EC2 instances were deployed from donations[6].
  • 25 TB of data was downloaded in 10 days.

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