The existence of the entire human race rests on people’s ability to copulate and raise kids together. Dating is a critical component of this activity. People have to find out if they are compatible, begin a relationship and have kids to continue the human race cycle.
The internet made it easier for people to connect from miles away. Some people took this feature and built platforms structured to help people find life partners, sexual partners, and any other kind of partner that suits them.
There are several dating platforms today; this article pits two of them against each other. If this was a football match, it would read hi5 vs. Tagged. Get your reading glasses on for an exciting read.
hi5 vs. Tagged – Detailed Comparison
Comparisons of History
Like most social networks that started in America, hi5 sits comfortably and operates out of California. It has the same parent company as Tagged now, but that wasn’t always the case. hi5 was founded in 2003, and 3 years later, it was tagged the 8th largest social media company in the world.
Years later, it grew to be only bigger than Facebook and Myspace. In all those years before it was acquired by The Meet Group, the company that also owns tagged, hi5 was focused on gaming, as was Tagged, and as you will soon see, that background impacted the platform when it was re-engineered towards online dating. Hi5 has a yearly revenue of about $20M.
Tagged, on the other hand, was founded in 2004, a year after hi5 was founded. Like hi5, in its heydays, it had a huge user base. Back in the day, you could do almost everything you can do on Facebook on tagged with the plus of being able to send what they described as ‘virtual gifts.’
It is now owned by the same company that owns hi5 and now helps users meet their loved ones.
Key Features of Both Websites
Because both websites are owned by the same company, they are basically a mirror of each other in the services they offer. Both platforms take the user feed approach.
A user feed approach means when you sign up on either, you immediately receive a stream of posts from other users on the platform, and you don’t have to have been following anyone to see their posts.
You can go through other people’s profiles, you can like and comment on their posts. There is no sharing option on posts. Tagged sells targetted ads.
That is one way the platform makes money. But they have a premium feature you can pay for to get rid of those ads. The ads could be static banners, and sometimes they take the form of pop-up videos.
Tagged lets you message users, expand their posts, and view their profiles. There is one condition though, you have to upload a picture of yourself to get access to other people’s profiles, which seems fair.
Bear in mind that whatever feature Tagged has, you will find on hi5 also. Therefore, both platforms have a Meet Me feature, which is very Tinder-like in its approach. You are first asked to choose your sexual orientation of either gay, straight, or bi-sexual, and then you are shown a list of people they hope you are going to like and match with.
Both platforms have a gaming feature that they carried over from their time being social gaming platforms called Pets. The game works by allowing users to buy other users as pets. The more times a user is purchased, the higher their value and the more you profit off their sale. It is a feature that adds some fun to the platform.
Comparison of the Sign-Up Process
The sign-up process for both platforms is precisely the same. You are required to provide vital information such as your name, gender, location, email address, and photo.
Those details are all you need to create an account. You can sign up via Google or Facebook. Both offer you the option of finding email contacts who are present on them.
This is where both platforms differ a bit. Tagged has a user base of mostly Americans and hi5 is popular in the United Kingdom, the United States, and South American countries. A percentage breakdown of Tagged’s user base reveals that it is made up of 42% African Americans, 41% Caucasians, and Hispanics make up the remaining 12%.
Hi5 boasts of over 100 million users in the world but a mere 10.5 million in the USA. It is also noted to be popular in the black community. Tagged has over 100 million users, but when it bought hi5, it absorbed about 230 million hi5 users. 120 million of its user base are from the United States.
Ease of Using Each Platform
Both platforms are a replica of each other in design, which makes this section easy to cover. The blunt truth is that they aren’t both great to use. It is almost as if the developers neglected the design aspects of both websites completely.
The ads are huge and distracting, and when it is a video ad, rushing to stop it from playing just takes away points from the user experience. It is easy to navigate, but you won’t enjoy using the platforms as you would other dating sites.
Which Dating Site has the highest success rate
Figuring out which site has the highest success rate is difficult since they absorbed each other’s user base during the acquisition. But, if there weren’t people getting matched up there, they wouldn’t have that many visitors coming to the website every month.
The pricing plans on tagged are the same on hi5. They have monthly plans, a plan for three months and another for six. If you don’t want to be tied to a monthly subscription, you can pay for credits to buy features on the platforms. Below is a list of the available plans:
- 1 Month – 9.99 USD
- 3 Months – 20.97 USD
- 6 Months – 29.94 USD
Here are the credit prices:
- 2,500 credits – 5.00 USD
- 10,000 credits – 10.00 USD
- 25,000 credits – 20.00 USD
- 75,000 credits – 50.00 USD
- 200,000 credits – 100.00 USD
- 400,000 credits – 200.00 USD
Pros and Cons
- Both platforms are very familiar to old-time users because they retained their designs from early-on.
- The sign-up process is fast
- The design of the sites is not great.
- The intrusive ads.
While Tagged and hi5 may be underwhelming in design, they do the primary job of connecting people quite well. The platform’s game, pets, is one thing users have said kept them coming to the platform. It is quite fun, and it is a way to make subtle connections with other users that could go on to become something real.
You could buy a user you like as a pet frequently, and they might get the hint that you like them. It is a way that is different from the traditional way of contacting people on dating sites that is fascinating. The only downside is the interface design.
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