What is the Hive Token?
Hive is a cryptocurrency for an open source social media blockchain. It was conceived through a hard fork of the original Steem blockchain after a group of the community decided to split and form their own chain.
What is the difference between between Steem and Hive?
Essentially, Hive will be a copy of the Steem Blockchain at launch. All "valid" STEEM stakeholders will receive a perfectly mirrored balance of their current STEEM holdings in the new HIVE coin.
How can I get Hive Token before the Launch?
Existing Steem holders will not need to claim anything. They simply can log in with their existing Steem account details and you will have their new HIVE coins in their wallet and be able to start using the blockchain. Steem that is held in some exchanges will also honor the airdrop, therefore, users can also store their STEEM on the exchanges and be credited the same amount of HIVE when the blockchain launches. This is similar to chain split events following the split of coins such as Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum Classic and others.
Currently, exchanges that support the chain split are:
For more general information about the Launch of Hive and some reasons behind it: