hi5 is a social networking website, which, throughout 2007, was launched in 2003 and is now one of the leading social networks in the world — ranked by Alexa® as a top 8 website globally, No-3 among social networking websites come after MySpace and Facebook and the #1 or #2 most-trafficked website in nearly a dozen countries, including many in Latin America, Europe and Asia. hi5 had over 98 million members.
Ramu Yalamanchi is an American entrepreneur. He founded the social networking web site hi5 and is its CEO. During college, Ramu was a partner at Sponsor Net New Media. Ramu received a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
In hi5, users create an online profile in order to show information such as interests, age and hometown and upload user pictures where users can post comments. hi5 also allows the user to create personal photo albums and set up a music player in the profile. Users can also send friend requests via e-mail to other users. When a person receives a friend request, he or she may accept or decline it, or block the user altogether. If the user accepts another user as a friend, the two will be connected directly or in the 1st degree. The user will then appear on the person's friend list and vice-versa.Some users opt to make their profiles available for everyone on hi5 to view. Other users exercise the option to make their profile viewable only to those people who are in their network. The network of friends consists of a user's direct friends (1st degree), the friends of those direct friends (2nd degree) and the friends of the friends of direct friends (3rd degree).
While hi5 maintains its strong hold in Central America, which is available in more than twelve languages and offers a simple, fun and safe online experience. It faces tough competition in Asia from many social networking sites. As of 2007, hi5 is the leading social networking site in several, diverse countries including.
• Colombia • Guatemala • Haiti • Honduras• El Salvador • CostaRica • Cyprus• Dominica • Dominican Republic • Ecuador• Jamaica • Kuwait • Malta • Mauritius Mongolia • Nepal • Nicaragua • Peru • Portugal• Mexico• Romania • St. Kitts and Nevis • Thailand • Trinidad and Tobago • Tunisia.