A Review of Tagged: The Pros and Cons of the Social Network

Find out if this social network is worth your time

A screenshot of Tagged.com.
Tagged.com.

Tagged is a social networking website that has been around since the early days of social networking. Although it never grew to be as big as Facebook or any of the other bigger platforms, it's sill one of the lesser known social networking options you have today that's still well worth using.

A Little About Tagged

Founded in 2004, Tagged was originally aimed at junior high and high school students before it expanded to include people of all ages. The social network was never meant to rival Facebook, which turned out to be a good thing according to a 2014 Tech Republic interview with the founders, and is largely why it survived.

Tagged boasts 300+ million users and 11+ monthly unique users worldwide. The main thing that sets it apart from other social networks like Facebook is that it's meant to be used more as a social discovery tool specifically for meeting new people (whereas Facebook is meant to be used to connect to who you already know).

The Pros of Using Tagged

  • You can use it to meet new people rather than connect with existing friends.
  • There are lots of people who use the platform, making it easier than ever to meet new people.
  • You can meet new people who are in your local area to make meeting up in person easy and fun.
  • You can enjoy Tagged's mobile app match game, which uses Tinder-inspired matching feature to match you up with people in your area.
  • Tagged has most of all the basic features of any traditional social network, including customizable profiles, private messaging and more.
  • You can play games with and give virtual gifts to people in your network.
  • You can tune into a live streamed video or start your own.

The Cons of Using Tagged

  • Many of the people on Tagged are looking for romantic connections or hookups, which may not be for everybody.
  • The ads can seem overpowering sometimes.
  • The platform has previously had trouble with spam.
  • All of your privacy settings are set to public by default) (which you can change manually if you want).
  • There's no two-factor authentication option for greater security.
  • The desktop web layout isn't so great looking.

What's To Like About Tagged

Tagged provides a fun atmosphere and is really ideal if you're looking to meet new people in your area—especially if you're interested in dating or casual sex. Its mobile apps really trump the desktop web version and bring together the fun of Tinder matching with the additional functionality and features of a real social network.

What's Not To Like About Tagged

Tagged is not the place to be if you hate ads, can't stand spam and are concerned about your privacy and security. It simply doesn't have the advanced components that bigger, more popular social networks need to host a great user interface and beef up privacy/security.

The Verdict on Tagged

Tagged is likeable for making it easy and fun to meet new people, but that's about it. If you plan on using it for exactly that, you might very well like it.