Hi5 is a social networking site through the internet. This website is targeted toward a general audience and has many of the same aspects as other social networking sites. The website is very easy to navigate through and it is a very popular social networking site throughout the world. While it is often found in the top 10 most visited websites in the world, it often fails to make the top 50 in the U.S. (http://webtrends.about.com/od/profiles/fr/what-is-hi5.htm).
When you first get to the website it will automatically ask you if you are a member or not and either prompt you to login or sign up for an account. Once you sign up it takes you to a page where you are able to upload a profile picture for your page. Going through the site you will see that “Hi5” games are at the bottom of the page and are promoted throughout navigation. Once you start adding friends and have more interaction within the website you “earn” coins that enable you to add more stuff your profile and “buy” games with the coins you have earned.
Although created and headquartered in the United States, it is more popular in other countries, particularly in Latin America, being ranked 37th in the world only among people who have the Alexa toolbar installed on their browser but only 84th in the US (http://www.bing.com/reference/semhtml/Hi5_%28website%29?src=abop&fwd=1&q=hi5&qpvt=hi5). I think that Hi5 isn’t popular in the US because Facebook is promoted throughout all of the media channels, whether it be television, newspapers or the internet, so therefore it is always in the minds of US citizens.
I personally do not think that I will ever use this site because I am already friends with everybody I know on Facebook so this website isn’t very useful for me. I have also never heard of this social networking site before researching it which verifies how unpopular this website is in the minds of United States citizens, unless they have connections with other countries where it is more popular with their culture.
Hi5 (website) – Bing Reference. Retrieved from, http://www.bing.com/reference/semhtml/Hi5_%28website%29?src=abop&fwd=1&q=hi5&qpvt=hi5.
Nations, Daniel. What is Hi5? A Hi5 Profile and User Reviews. http://webtrends.about.com/od/profiles/fr/what-is-hi5.htm