As with other major social networking sites, you can access Tagged directly and register for a free account. Alternately, you may receive an e-mail from someone in your contact list inviting you to join Tagged so you can see a friend's newly uploaded Tagged photo album.
Once you complete the registration process, you'll see an interface that bears more than a passing resemblance to MySpace. Using this interface, you'll create a personalized, public profile complete with a picture of yourself.
Then you can begin using any of the site's many networking or entertainment features. You can write in your Tagged journal -- which serves as your blog, send bulletins to friends, play games such as poker, watch videos, collect "pets" (other users on the site) or engage in any number of networking games.
Many of Tagged's capabilities emphasize what it calls "social discovery." Unlike Facebook, which tends to restrict your network to people you're familiar with, Tagged encourages its users to meet strangers based on shared interests, with the idea of growing your network to meet as many people as possible.
In that vein, you can send friend invitations to other users based simply on information you see in their profiles. You can leave comments, wink, or offer Tagged "luv" as a sign of interest for whomever you like. Tagged's features also encourage you to earn virtual "gold" for completing certain actions (such as answering a marketing survey). Then you can use your gold to buy digital gifts for your new friends.
If you don't want to put the effort into earning virtual gold, you can buy it outright with your real-world credit card. Tagged will also let you upgrade your account to VIP status for a monthly fee, which earns you a VIP logo, more gold, the ability to see who views your profile, and more.