What Is Hi5 and Is It Different From Facebook?

An Intro to Hi5 as a Social Network

Hi5 Social Network App
Screenshot of Hi5 for iOS

These days, social networking users are all about Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Tumblr and Pinterest. But a lesser-known social network known as Hi5 actually existed long before many of the most popular ones people are using right now, and it's still around today.

What Exactly Is Hi5?

Hi5 is a social networking website targeted at a general audience interested in flirting, dating and making new friends. If you visit Tagged's website today, which is another social network with a long history, you'll notice that its website is identical to the Hi5 website. This is because both Hi5 and Tagged are now owned by social and mobile tech company if(we)

A Brief History of Hi5

Hi5 became one of the most popular social networks when it experienced a huge growth spurt during 2007 with much of that popularity coming from Central America. The site got its name from a feature that gave members the opportunity to give their friends virtual high-fives.

Fives were used as a way to describe a friend relationship. There was a time when users could give out warrior fives, crush fives, teammate fives, swank fives, and many other types of fives.

Getting Started With Hi5

Hi5 is free to sign up, and you can create your own custom profile on it just like any other social network. Despite once being one of the most popular social networks for the desktop web back before mobile web use was as mainstream as it is today, you'll want to download and use the Hi5 mobile app (free for Android and iOS devices) in order to get the most out of it. 

How Is Hi5 Different from Facebook?

Facebook is typically known for being more of a private social network that you use to connect with people you already know in real life. Although anyone can make public posts, attract followers to their profiles (instead of having to approve everyone as friends), join groups and participate in discussions on public pages, Facebook isn't typically used to find and meet new people.

Hi5, on the other hand, is all about meeting new people. When you use the app, you can actually find people nearby to add as friends, and similar to how the popular dating app Tinder works, you can play a game of "Meet Me" by liking or passing on connections that come up.

The app has been optimized for chatting, so you can connect instantly with someone and plan to set up a date to meet. Even though Hi5 is much more open than Facebook, you still have control over your privacy settings so you can use the app exactly how you want.

Hi5 gives users the chances to meet more people at a faster rate by upgrading to VIP packages. And just like Tagged, Hi5 have a "Pets" gaming feature where friends can compete to collect each other.

Why Use Hi5?

Hi5 is a good choice of social network to go with if you're really interested in simply discovering new people in your nearby location, connecting with them, chatting a bit online and maybe meeting up eventually. Lots of people use it as a form of online dating.

If you're more into just keeping up with what your current friends, relatives, co-workers and acquaintances are up to, then Facebook would be the better alternative. Save Facebook for your real-life relationships, and use Hi5 to meet new people.​