Half of the profiles displayed are from members thousands of miles away VIP membership required for full functionality Presence of members under the age of 18 — In-Depth Tagged. It may be helpful to understand Tagged better if you knew a little bit about its past. Originally launched in , it was intended for users under the age of Quite literally Tagged was targeting social interactions between junior and senior high schoolers. In , Tagged started allowing everybody to join, regardless of age.
Today, the membership demographics of the site indicate that over 60 percent of users are between the ages of 30 and Obviously, it is no longer a teen site. However, many of the original features aimed at a younger audience persist. It is as if Tagged is trying to be both a teen social network and a dating discovery app for adults. An incongruent mixture if ever we saw one.
An example of this is the social network type of aesthetic used on the site. To us, it is akin to a hybrid between Facebook and what Friendster looked like decades ago. Also, the integration of online social games on the platform reinforces its appearance as a social network aimed at younger people, not a dating platform. Regardless of its look, Tagged has steadily grown in popularity as a resource for meeting people for dating and hookups.
Honestly, it seems creepy to do so. Nevertheless, since a significant number of people are doing so it seemed appropriate for us to review it through an online dating perspective. The desktop version is easily accessible from any browser. There are also native apps for iPhone and Android devices. In both repositories, it has an average rating of four-stars as of August During our testing, we encountered some slight sluggishness in the Android version. While it did not freeze, it did make for substantially slower navigation compared to the iPhone app.
From there, new users can register by using their Facebook or Google Plus credentials. Alternatively, users can register manually. The latter requires minimal information. Either registration method takes less than one minute. Users that download the mobile app and who wish to register from their phone can do so following the same steps outlined above for desktop registration. Immediately after registering, tagged redirects you to a screen from which you can invite your friends from various platforms — such as a Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, etc.
In the mobile app version, it is quite easy to accidentally initiate this process. You should be careful because if you do, you will be sending email invitations to your contacts on those platforms. On both the desktop and mobile platform, Tagged will remain connected by default unless you specifically sign out. Also, some of the age ranges of those member profiles were — how can we phrase this? Due to the social network model used by the site, it was not uncommon to find profiles of members under the age of 18 on our home screens.
The first one is the list of profiles that are supposed to be from your immediate area that is presented on your home screen. The second discovery feature follows the swiping model. In that feature, you are shown a series of profiles which you must either swipe right to like or swipe left to pass. If both members swipe right, a communication link is established between both numbers.
During our tests, approximately half of the members shown to our testers were from areas too distant from their location. No matter how many times we fiddled with the profile settings, this problem persisted.
It occurred on both mobile and desktop. In order to get full communication functionality, you must purchase a VIP membership. This VIP membership also allows you to see who has seen your profile, as well as allowing you to check if your messages have been read.
No details are given as to how that feature is supposed to work or when it will be released.