Tagged launched in 2004 as a so-called "interactive social experience," the brainchild of Harvard graduates Johann Schleier-Smith and Greg Tseng.
Tagged asked users for their email username and password, retrieved email addresses from their address books, and repeatedly sent email invitations to people who were not registered on Tagged, falsely stating that they have been "added as a friend" or that the inviter had sent them photos on Tagged.
This process has been labelled an "e-mail scam" by consumer anti-fraud advocates Simultaneously, Tagged settled an enforcement action by the state of Texas, agreeing to pay $250,000 in penalties and fees.
So before you rush to open an account, read on to see why Tagged is so popular and how you can best use its features to your advantage.
As of October 2011, Tagged had 150 employees, an increase from 55 employees at the beginning of 2011.
In October 2006, Tagged opened its doors to all ages to increase its range of potential users.
According to company statistics, 74 percent of users are over the age of 21, and the vast majority of users are evenly distributed between the ages of 18 to 44 [source: Tagged].
CEO Greg Tseng continues to interview employees, cater lunch and dinner, and hold office-wide meetings every Friday.
Tagged is a member of the Social Media Advertising Consortium, a trade industry association that aims to increase advertising revenue and to facilitate collaboration among social networking sites, advertisers, and marketing researchers.
“Tagged takes pride in making it simple, easy and fun to meet new people.” Making high-quality connections is always the number one goal of the Tagged team, and they will continue to do that in the new year by being aware of the user experience and being receptive to feedback.