Hibe Lets Anyone Build Their Own Micro-Social Networks Around Their Passions

New Personal Publishing Social Platform Transcends Traditional Social Networking Sites

MONTREAL, Feb. 12, 2014 /CNW/ - Hibe, the groundbreaking new way to spark relevant conversations through micro-social networking, today announced the launch of its website and its Facebook application. While the internet itself is an open network, real communications and engagement with others doesn't take place without some structure, organization and attention to privacy. Eventually people will communicate in a truly multi-modal fashion regardless of format, device or social network and build relationships based on their own needs. Hibe is The Network of Social Networks where the control is at the hands of the user.

Through Hibe, anyone can build their micro-social-network in order to connect and engage with others who share a particular interest. Conversely to groups that are tied to specific platforms, these dedicated micro-social-networking spaces are built atop traditional social platforms, and allow users to engage in relevant conversations, and share their passions. Hibe safely and securely puts like-minded people on the same page by empowering them to start or join a community around one single interest regardless of where they are on the internet or which social network they belong to or even if they don't belong to one.

Hibe users currently must have a Facebook account to launch a Hibe micro-social network. Any Facebook user can start a micro-social-network about their favorite artists, celebrities, or sports teams, thereby creating one unique destination for the millions of other fans who follow such a Facebook page to meet, find inspiring people to follow and learn from their experiences. Users can discover how others live their passion, and build meaningful relationships among those like-minded people within and across social and web platforms.

Based on years of research, Hibe is the first step towards a grander vision of a platform that will transcend traditional social networking sites, making each micro-network universally accessible—a standalone social community – that can be promoted and even linked to products and brands. "We are building the platform where everybody can do social networking on their own terms" said Jean Dobey, Founder of Hibe.

"Hibe is all about discovery and self-expression on your own terms. Through Hibe, users can pursue interests, learn about others, create new discussions and build a richer base of experiences," said Dobey. "Hibe is a blank canvas to express your individuality". The site integrates all types of media so its members can upload text, photos, and video, make comments, and share group experiences. This creates robust and vibrant communities of "hardcore fans" sharing the same passion, fostering relationships between those like-minded people, and increasing engagement based on their interests and even posting to their favorite existing social network pages, if they choose.

Hibe is available via Web browser, on Facebook, as well as on all major smartphones and tablets as a responsive application. To get started with Hibe, log on to www.hibe.com or look for the Hibe app in the Facebook App Store.

About Hibe:

Hibe's vision is to enable people and organizations to build their own micro-social networks atop and beyond traditional social platforms to connect and engage in their own terms in a way that reflects their different personas and needs, in order to build trusted relationships and spark relevant conversations. While the ideas of Hibe originated in 2009, Hibe as a separate entity was created in early 2013 to focus on using technology to build personal networking and social engagement. Hibe is privately funded and has headquarters in Montreal, Canada. Visit www.hibe.com.


For further information:

Amy Dalkoff, SS|PR, adalkoff@sspr.com, 847/415-9325


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