I have been a member of this social networking site for a little over a year now, it was recommended to me from a friend when I became single after several years of marriage. She stated that the site was 'full of men' and the best dating site she had used.
I thought I would see just what she was so hyped about. So I carried out a search for 'Tagged' and found the site immediately, I completed the basic questions which enabled me to sign up and began to explore the site.
I am not sure it was just what i was expecting, it is not as big as other social networking sites and not quite a dating site, I suppose the best description would be a cross between the 2.
You have your own profile page which contians personal information, you can add vids from 'utube' and music to your page as well as change the overall appearance, you can upload pictures and these can then be commented upon (there is a no illicit photos policy but I have seen that some slip through the net) and you can have 'comments' sent to you some of which contain pictures which could be deemed as offensive, pornographic and illicit.
The site has special features which allow you to play games. including the well known mafia wars (which is not as big as that on facebook), poker and some quest games which I have not tried, you can buy other members in their 'pets' game and compare friends you have added, you can send private messages, tags (little captions and pictures) to other members and wink at other members if you want them to notice you.
There are different groups which you can join and recieve bullitins from and all new updates from your friends and groups appear on your home page, there is a feature which they call 'meet me' where you can search members on age, sex, location etc and then click on yes/no if you like them or not, they will then be informed if you click yes.
Overall I am actually not that impressed as a social networking site, it seems to me that a lot of people on the site are interested in meeting for casual sex or dirty chat but in the last year of being a member I have made a few good friends (well 4 anyway). I also find that as this is a world wide site, I get quite a few unwanted messages from men in the middle eastern sector of the world who are too forwards in asking me to marry them (I cannot think why!).
I never use this site while my children are around as it is somewhat unpredicable with its contents and I would class this as more of a dating site then anything else, it is free to use but paying members get extra benefits such as being able to see when messages they have sent have been readand 'gold' which has numerous benefits such as placing yourself on the home page, using it to transer into tokens to buy more 'pets' and to buy gifts for other members.
If you are single and looking for friends or a bit of fun, if you are over 18 and do not mind the odd rude picture which some might find offensive, if you just want to pass some time or are looking for a dating site which is free and easy to use, i would recommend this site. I personally have meet (in person)some men from this site after careful deliberation who have turned out to be nice people but I would not recommend anyone arranging to meet someone from this site (or any other site) until they are sure about the persons intentions, remember safety is first and foremost with internet dating!
I can't remember what brought me to tagged and I suppose you could tell me I'm too old for it but I am totally addicted.
The site claims to be a social networking site, similar to facebook and myspace to keep in contact with friends and family, however I've found it to be more of a joke than a social networking site.
The site is fun looking and colourful and you can change your background to colours and patterns provided.
You can search for people in your area, age and sex simplifies the search to see if you can find friends or family members and you can then add them as friends.
The biggest thing on tagged is the game Pets, people can buy each other to "own" one another to earn dollars. People to do this to increase the amount of dollars they are worth so then eventually nobody can buy them. Pretty pointless but by the looks of things quite addictive and alot of people do it. Even I am hooked on the whole buying random people and letting them be bought back off me so my dollars rise, I really do not know why.
You can also send "tags" to people. These tags are provided by tagged and you have to choose from what they have to offer, they have varied messages in a range of moods etc such as Flirty messages, funny, bitchy, friendly and many more.
It is quite a fun site, with a slight community spirit, I really enjoy it.
Being a man of a certain age, I've never really felt much of a desire to explore the wonderful world of online social networking, although if I had a pound for every time someone has asked me whether I'm "on Facebook" I'd be a wealthy man. My friends, family and varied acquaintances in the real world can be a prize pain in the arse at the best of times but they are, in one sense at least, like the world they inhabit: they are real. I can see them and touch them (if necessary) and tell when they're wallowing in bullshit. It's an imperfect arrangement for sure but it suits me like it has suited most others down through the ages.
But about a month ago I received an email from an acquaintance I know from another writing website, inviting me to join Tagged.com, a site modelled (as far as I could see) on Myspace. I'd never heard of Tagged before but in a fit of "what the hell, I'll try anything once" I decided to sign up and dip my cynical toe in the murky pond of cyber networking. I thought that if nothing else I could at least discreetly plug my online literary efforts to a potential crowd of shiny new 'friends', thereby squeezing out an extra dollar or two.
Tagged.com was set up four years ago by a couple of Harvard graduates (there's a surprise) and became profitable last year. It has seventy million registered users and membership is (apparently) increasing rapidly. My first impression was that it looked like a site more geared to online match-ups and dating than mundane networking, and as I have no desire to find my perfect online mate I hesitated, thinking it might not be the place for me. But doubts were trampled underfoot by curiosity so I forged ahead with email address in hand and signed up.
The sign-up procedure is simplicity itself and takes but a moment. It's just a matter of filling in basic details such as age, location, relationship status (married, single, rather not say, etc) and what you are looking for... friends, networking, serious relationships or dates. You can, in fact, elaborate as much as you want to in the 'About Me' section of your profile and do so at your leisure. I filled in as much as I thought appropriate in order to give the world a flavour of brand 'Me', posted a few photos, stressed I was only looking for friends then retired to await developments.
The key element on Tagged is the 'Meet Me' feature. You can search specifically for people whom you feel would be suitable friends, dates or potential mates, by adjusting the search parameters. For example, I declared I was only interested in people aged between thirty six and fifty two who were looking for friends and who were anywhere in the world (why be parochial?). When members use the 'Meet Me' feature (and most do) they can scroll through suitable matches and click on any they find interesting. A message is sent to the member clicked-on and if he or she reciprocates with a 'Yes' then a match is declared and it's up to the pair to contact each other as and when they see fit. Friend requests can be made (and rejected) at any time just as on Myspace.
Having done as much as I thought necessary to get me up and running I logged off and set my mind to other things. The next evening, expecting a bleak unvisited profile clogged with tumbleweeds, a friendless wasteland except for she who had invited me, I logged back on to have a peek. What a surprise! My inbox was bursting with messages, 'Meet Me' matches (people who had clicked 'Yes' on my profile) and a few friend-requests. There was also a smattering of 'Winks' (more about those soon) and nearly forty people had clicked on my profile.
So, who was showing interest? Well, fortysomething women mainly, but with the odd exception. I weeded out the unsuitable exceptions first: There was Candy (19) from Nevada whose profile, whilst being *ahem* colourful, was obviously a hook for a porn site (although not so obvious to the hordes of fat middle-aged men who clearly believe Candy is their particular friend); a couple of young Filipino women whose intentions were similar to those of the delectable-but-obvious Candy; and some middle-aged 'vamps' from around the UK and beyond whose attempts at seductive poses were more alarming than erotic and a timely reminder to anyone over forty years of age and fifteen stones that thongs might not be a good idea. The rest seemed cheerful and normal so I responded to four or five.
By the end of day one I was in polite email contact with a few pleasant souls and my friends list was looking a little less bleak. Just as on Myspace, Tagged members can leave comments and messages, but also the aforementioned 'Winks'. These latter are just a way for people to leave a discreet calling card and provoke a response, an "I'm interested in you if you're interested in me" kind of thing. You can also leave 'Luv' tokens on your friends' profiles which add to both their and your 'Luv' meters (yes, I know!) and while seeming pointless are presumably a way of showing passers-by just how popular you are! There are also chatrooms aplenty for all ages and nationalities but as I personally think chatrooms are the last refuge of the damned I avoid them like the plague.
And that is about that! Over the next few days I brightened up my profile by fleshing out my description and adding a music player and a YouTube video playlist. The offers of friendship (and much more) continued to flood in and as we speak I have sixteen 'friends' of whom most I am in contact with and three I regularly talk to on Skype when I am online (which, admittedly, is not for very long each day). All three, I might add, are middle-aged professional women and not a selection of versatile Candys with their eye-popping teentastic repertoires!
So, what are the pros and cons of Tagged.com? Well, I guess it really depends on what you're looking for. Tagged is a surprisingly warm and lively website. I'm still a little stunned about just how many people have clicked on my profile (around eight hundred in this first month). Many, of course, are from the UK but just as many are from far and wide, Australia, Poland, Latvia, Argentina, Bulgaria... the list goes on. There is little doubt, despite claims to the contrary, that the main function of Tagged is to match people up, whether for relationships (cyber or otherwise), dates or just steamy liaisons in the back seats of cars in the leafy car parks of suburbia after dark! Yet for those not particularly interested in online match-ups and their myriad exotic possibilities there are plenty of friendly down-to-earth souls to interact with who are happy just to be pals.
The downside of Tagged is probably typical and symptomatic of society generally. It may just be me but at times I find such websites depressing. They are full of people whose loneliness, desperation and/or delusions are stark and obvious. Full-on exhibitionism is perhaps understandable (though tedious) in the young and naive but in the middle-aged it is just grim. The worst of it is the number of people who are clearly just desperate to chat to and interact with anyone, whoever and wherever they may be. As a barely-interested onlooker I find myself feeling not attracted to but sad for complete strangers. Something has gone badly wrong with normal social interaction in this country (and, no doubt, beyond).
But these last personal observations are probably irrelevant to most members of Tagged.com who will no doubt find what they are looking for, and good for them. It's a bright and breezy website that puts you in contact with a surprisingly diverse range of people. Some are nuts; others are just scary; but many are pleasant and nice and clearly worth knowing. Whether I will ever devote much more than a few minutes a day to the site is unlikely, but those few normal online souls I have met, and talked with elsewhere, are nice enough and as some live not too far away from me real live one-to-one meetings are not out of the question, if only for a drink and to laugh over the quaint absurdities of this online social-networking beast that has so many of us in its thrall!
For those that have never heard of tagged it claims to be a online network site where people can keep in touch with family and friends. In my opinion though it is actually a site where random guys hit on you and want your instant messanger for "camera fun".
I signed up to this over a year ago when i got an email invite from a friend. Signing up is free (would anyone join otherwise?) and it asks for all the basic info such as your name, email addy,birthdate and gender.
Once you have signed in it has all the basic stuff across the page.
Home-Tells you how many of your friends are online,how much love you can still give(max 3 a day),if you have any messages and tells you what changes your friends have made to their profile.
Profile-You can upload pictures,videos etc.
You can also change your "skin" which is the background view on your profile.
Friends-lists all the friends you have on the site,who is online,any requests fornew friends you have made
There is a thing on the site called meet me. You see members pictures and say if you want to meet them or not. If they have also said yes to you, you will find them under matches
Tagged also has its own *currency*(useless but on the site)everytime you log on you get this. Money can be used to buy "pets" which is other people and apparently they then belong to you.
In my opinion this is one of the worst social sites there are.I joined up a year ago then promptly forgot all about it. It was only because i got an email from them that i remembered it existed. Since i signed in i know get loads of spam emails from them aswell. If you want to join a website join myspace or bebo as they are much better!!