What Is Tagged.com?

This under-the-radar social site is a hot spot to meet, chat, and even date

Tagged is a social network designed to help people meet new people, whether for friendship, networking, or even dating. Here's a look at how Tagged.com and its Tagged iOS and Android apps work.

Tagged.com webpage on the browser
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About Tagged

What We Like
  • Easily meet and connect with new friends.

  • Customize your profile with your interests.

  • Friend's View lets you see how your profile looks to others.

  • See, like, and comment on friends' posts.

  • "Pets" game helps you make friends.

  • Meet Me tab lets you play a matchmaking game.

  • Customize your Tagged profile URL.

  • Friends can leave public messages on a "wall."

  • Join groups to connect with like-minded users.

  • Control whether you want to be seen or invisible.

  • Earn "Gold" by completing tasks, and then purchase virtual gifts for friends.

What We Don't Like
  • Web version and app have different features and functionality.

  • Web layout is outdated and cluttered with ads.

  • Mobile app has a banner on the bottom.

  • No option to enable two-factor authentication.

  • Posts are public, and users report difficulty blocking others.

  • Beware of scam artists and fake profiles.

  • No personal bio section on profiles.

  • No photo album feature.

  • Can't search for users by name.

  • You'll need a paid VIP account to eliminate ads and use more features.

Tagged's History

Tagged.com is older than many of the popular social networks used today, including Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and others. It debuted on the web back in 2004 and managed to survive Facebook's social-web domination.

Like Facebook, Tagged was originally geared toward junior high and high school students before it expanded to include people of all ages. It wasn't ever positioned to be a Facebook rival, however.

According to a TechRepublic interview with Tagged's founders, not competing with Facebook may be why Tagged survived Facebook's onslaught.

Tagged on the Web

The social networking experience with Tagged.com in a web browser is fairly straightforward, reminiscent of Facebook's early layout.

Customize your user profile, add friends, view your timeline, update your status, and play games. You'll get notification alerts to see your interactions, and there's a messaging feature for chatting privately with others.

Tagged.com web screen with people you should meet.

The Tagged Mobile App

The Tagged mobile apps for iOS and Android look and feel nothing like the web version. The apps share more similarities with the popular dating app Tinder than with Facebook.

As soon as you log into your account on the app, you're immediately taken to the Meet Me tab, where you'll see your first profile match based on your location. Select the X button to pass on the match or hit the Star button to agree with the match. Similar to Tinder, swipe left or right on anyone's photo to pass or like them.

There's a browsing option to help find new users to add as friends, and a chat function to chat with friends. Like Facebook Live, there's also a feature for broadcasting live video.

If you don't already have a Tagged account, sign up via the mobile app with your phone number. This will make it easier to connect with contacts on your phone who might also be on Tagged.

Tagged mobile app with potential friends offered.

Should You Use Tagged?

If you're already on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tinder, Snapchat, and others, should you consider adding yet another social network?

While Tagged won't give you a social networking experience you can't find anywhere else, it will give you a completely new space to meet new people and date. If your goal is to make new friends, and Facebook isn't helping, Tagged may be worth a try.

Or, if you've used Tinder or other dating sites or apps with no luck, it's always possible that Mr. or Ms. Right could be waiting for you on Tagged.