Paws up, little monsters! Lady Gaga's social network is now open to all.

Launched as an invite-only beta earlier this year, LittleMonsters.com is a fan site built by community creation platform Backplane, in which Lady Gaga is a major investor.

Users can post their favorite images of Mother Monster and stay abreast of the pop sensation's latest news. Gaga, herself the most-followed person on Twitter and one of the most popular celebrities on Facebook, can also interact directly with her fans on the site.

New users can set up a profile by opening a new account with the site or sign in with a Facebook or Twitter account, which will automatically update the biographical data and interests listed on the existing profile. Users can also invite friends from Facebook and Twitter to sign up for LitterMonsters.com.

The look and feel of Gaga's site are familiar, with a top nav bar similar to Google+, a Pinterest-like layout and Facebook-esque "Like" buttons peppered throughout the site for users to express their approval of posts and fellow Monsters. While users can "fan" profiles they like and acquire "fans" of their own, everyone who signs up is automatically made a "fan" of Lady Gaga, the way everyone who opened a MySpace account automatically was friends with Tom.

Users can also post personal updates, send and receive private messages, enter live chat rooms, start and participate in discussion threads (currently open topics include threads about Gaga, bullying support and LGBT), keep tabs on and purchase tickets for upcoming events and track Lady Gaga in the news.

Check out the gallery (below) for an overview of how to set up your own profile and get started on LittleMonsters.com. Citing a leading tweet from Backplane CEO Matt Michelson, The Next Web hints that a mobile app is in the works, too, so be on the lookout for that "soon."

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post misidentified the CEO of Backplane.

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  • Signing Up

    Users can sign up for the network by using their email account and filling in biographical information as they wish. Or, they can use a Twitter or Facebook account to make the process speedier.

  • "Fanning" Friends And Other Users

    Once you've set up your profile, you can invite your friends from Twitter and Facebook to join. You can also become a "fan" of <a href="http://littlemonsters.com/members" target="_hplink">other Little Monsters on the site</a>. (Above: <a href="http://littlemonsters.com/gaga" target="_hplink">Lady Gaga's fan page</a>.)

  • Posting On The Boards

    Users can post news items, photos or art related to Mama Monster on the "<a href="http://littlemonsters.com/hot/news" target="_hplink">news</a>" and "<a href="http://littlemonsters.com/hot/media" target="_hplink">media</a>" boards, which are set up to look like Pinterest pages.

  • Chat Rooms

    You can choose from a list of live chat rooms to engage with other Little Monsters about topics such as "Gay Monsters," "Mexico," "free bitches" and many more. The chat panel drops down from the top nav bar and collapses when you're done with it.

  • Update Your Status

    You can post status updates that other users can comment on. You can also choose to join current conversation threads under the nav bar's Reddit-like "<a href="http://littlemonsters.com/hot/discussions" target="_hplink">discuss</a>" tab.

  • Purchase Tickets

    What would Lady Gaga's social network be without a portal that lists tour dates and lets users purchase tickets? You can find such a page under the "<a href="http://littlemonsters.com/events" target="_hplink">events</a>" tab.

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