Anyone can sign up for a free Hi5 account and begin using the site within minutes. Like other social networking sites, as you complete the registration process, Hi5 requests your e-mail address and password so it can invite your friends to use the site, too. Don't want to bother people in your address book with e-mails from Hi5? Be sure to take your time, read the registration instructions and skip this part of the procedure.
After you register, you'll see that Hi5's interface is akin to the layouts on Tagged and MySpace. Many of the options are similar, too. You'll need to create a customized profile that includes your picture and some particulars about your interests for other members to browse. At a glance, other users will see your age, gender, hometown, education and a short description of your hobbies. If you don't want random people to view these details, you can hide them from members you haven't yet accepted as friends.
There are many ways to share information and fun with your Hi5 friends. You can upload photo galleries, write in a journal or create a scrapbook of your online life. Hi5 also helps you find old friends. Using the advanced search features, you can locate people by school name, graduation date and other criteria. After you find someone you know, you can ask them to connect with you as a friend on the site.
Once you a have group of Hi5 friends, you'll see that the site categorizes your acquaintances using a method similar to the one used by LinkedIn. Your direct friends are 1st-degree friends, while 2nd-degree friends are friends of your direct friends. You may also see 3rd-degree friends listed; these are the friends of the friends of your direct friends.