Last Updated: October 30, 2015 32

Everything You Need to Know About Hi5

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What is Hi5?

Before Facebook or Twitter was around, hi5 was one of the most frequented social networking sites, along with Friendster and Myspace. It’s been around for so many years, you might stumble upon an old account you may have opened 10 years ago. I know I have.

In this article, I will show you everything you need to know about hi5, how to open an account, create a profile, add friends and more.

Here’s a quick rundown of hi5’s history:

  • 2003 – Based in San Francisco, California, hi5 was founded in by Akash Garg and Ramu Yalamanchi as a social networking site.
  • 2009 – With the newly added gaming features, hi5 evolved into a social gaming platform.
  • 2010 – Hi5 acquired a gaming company called Big Six.
  • 2011 – Hi5 was purchased by Tagged, a company now called if(we).

Site Features:

Hi5 has the usual features found in a social networking site. People can open an account and create their profile with their information and interests. A hi5 account allows you to upload pictures, share your interests, create photo albums, add friends, meet new people, post comments, update your status, send messages, participate in group chats and play games.

How to open a Hi5 account:

There are three ways to register for an account at hi5.com:

  • Google+
  • Facebook
  • Sign up form

Having a Google+ or a Facebook account makes the sign-up process quicker. Click on the designated button and hi5 will ask for your permission to access your information and contact list. Note that you can filter which information you want the site to access.

It will also ask you to upload a profile picture. Click on the “Choose File” button to select a picture saved in your device. You may skip that step if you’re not ready with one as yet. You can do this later in your profile page.

Hi5 will ask you to verify your email address, especially if you used their sign up form. To do this, sign in to your email account and open the email sent to you. If you can’t find it in your inbox, you may need to check your Spam folder or in the Social tab if you are using Gmail.

You may copy and paste the code found in the email or just hit the confirm button. I recommend the latter.

Once done, it will take you to the home page in your hi5 account. At the top of the page, you will find hi5’s suggestions of people you may want to meet based on the initial information you have provided upon signing up.

As you scroll down on your home page, you can find suggestions of Pets you should buy if you want to take part in hi5’s Pets game. The last section of the home page is the news feed, where you can find updates by everyone. You may filter the feeds to show your friends updates or to view your own comments.

Your profile:

Your profile page will be empty as you open a new account. This is where other users can learn about you, so you’ll have to populate it with more information about yourself, upload your profile picture if you haven’t already, and upload any more photos you’d like to share.

To edit your profile, click on “Profile” at the top menu.

At the left side of the page (in the red box) are quick links to upload a photo, add a widget to your profile, edit it, view how your friends see your profile and more options.

Under your profile picture (light blue), you can see all your photos. You also have the option to upload more photos here. Below it is your friends list (purple).

On the upper right side of the page, you can find the options to update your  status (blue). Next is the “About Me” section (green). It allows you to share your interests such as what type of music you listen to, movies or TV shows you watch, books you read and others. Let other people with similar interests find you by sharing your creative side. Scrolling down, you can see your Pets section (yellow). Lastly, you can also type in any comments which can be seen on your profile at the bottom right corner of the page (pink).

Privacy Concerns:

Although some users don’t mind sharing their profiles to the public, there are many of us that would like to be viewed only by the people in our own network.

To change your account settings, go to the upper right corner of the site where you can see “Account”. You’ll find the option to change your online status as well as the settings.

Click on “Settings” in the drop-down menu then click on the Privacy tab to change your profile visibility. It will then open the page where you can filter your profile, contact, search, comments and photo privacy.

You may also change your feed, applications and notifications settings.

Adding Friends:

Now that you’ve got your profile sorted, you can add friends and meet new people. On hi5, users have the option to send friend requests via e-mail. When you receive a friend request, you have the option to accept or decline, as well as to block the person. After accepting a friend request, the person will appear on your friends list and you will appear on his/her list as well.

To add friends, go to “More” at the top menu then click on “Friends” in the drop-down menu. It should open the page with your current list of friends.

To manage friend requests open the “Requests” tab. Here, you may accept or reject the friend request and block the person. You also have the option to send him/her a message.

To send a friend request to someone’s email address, go to the “Email Contacts” tab and enter his/her email address and hit the “Send Invite” button. You may also import your contacts from your email using the “Find Friends” tab.

Meet Me:

Meet Me is a game that allows you to find other users that you may be interested to meet. Go to “Meet Me” at the top menu, enter your sexual orientation then click on the “Start Playing” button. Use the filters to find who you are looking for.

To play, click the “Like” button on a user to add you to their ‘Likes You’ list. Take note, however, that only VIP or paid members will be able to view their ‘Likes You’ list in full.

A ‘Match’ will be made if you and another user have clicked ‘Yes’ to each other. You can see your match in the “Matches” tab, where you can send them a message and add them as a friend.

Hi5 Pets:

This game works this way: You can ‘own’, ‘buy’ and ‘sell’ other hi5 members and the goal is to increase your value.

When you sign up for hi5, you are allocated your own Pets Cash, which enables you to make the transactions. Your value increases by 10% every time someone buys you. To get to the top of the leaderboard, you must increase your assets. Your assets are computed as the sum of your Pets Cash and the total price of your Pets.

Click on the “Pets” section at the top menu for more information on the game. Scroll down and on the right side, you can see the instructions and other important links to help you with any issues.

By the way, if you don’t want to play hi5 Pets, you can opt out of the game using the link found at the bottom of the instructions.

At this point, you should be well acquainted with hi5 and its features. That’s all you need to start using the site as a regular user to share your interests, meet friends and interact with other users.

That’s not all to it, though. There are more advanced features that you can use, but not for free. To unlock the premium features, you have to subscribe to a VIP payment plan. The premium features allow you to access more information about who are viewing your profile, access to popular people on the site, check if any messages you sent have been read, be the first to contact new users, use filters and contact chat and email support. To be a hi5 VIP, click on the “Get VIP Now!” button on the home page.