A social networking website.
Hyves is the most popular social networking site in theNetherlands with mainly Dutch visitors and members and competes in this country with sites such as Facebook andMySpace. Hyves was founded in 2004 by Raymond Spanjar,Koen Kam, and Floris Rost van Tonningen.
In May 2010 Hyves had more than 10.3 million accounts. These correspond to two thirds of the size of the Dutch population (which stands at over 16 million in 2010), however these include multiple accounts per person and inactive accounts. The number of accounts had grown by over two million as compared to the 1.5 years earlier. Hyves can be used free of charge, but there is an option for a paid Premium Membership (called Goldmembership). Goldmembers have access to some extra feautures, such as the ability to use some more different smilies in their messages and more uploading-space for pictures. The creators have said that the basic form of Hyves will always stay free.