Naked Interview with Just Swingers – Could you make your own swinger site?

What is Just Swingers? Ever been on a swinger website and wondered whether you could make a better one? We talk to the lovely creators of the UK’s newest swinger lifestyle and dating app, to find out what 2021 is going to bring to our long overdue social lives.

How did Just Swingers get started?

Around a year and a half ago the idea was conceived. We were having a BBQ with friends and got chatting about swinger sites. The usual chat; “What sites have you tried?”

We discussed sites we had tried and talked about their pros and cons and laughed at messages we had received.

Our focus then shifted to discuss which site we used most, and thought was the best of the bunch. It was at this point our friends said we should make a modern website that fixes the issues we discussed. So, we spent the rest of the evening thinking of names and decided on Just Swingers. We bought the domain with a big smile not realising the challenge we had accepted.

Justt swingers app logo

What made you want to create a swinger app?

We are both engineers, we have the mindset to look at things and say, “Hey, why didn’t they do this or that.” We like to work out how we can improve things or how we can make them better, especially if we use them.

To start with, we looked at the other platforms, especially the one we use most, and said we can make this better. We want something that’s nice to use, a good user experience. Something modern, a stylish user interface and modern framework (think Facebook user interface.). But most importantly, something that can reduce all the fake profiles and catfish.

Just Swingers app layout photo

What makes Just Swingers so different to the others?

Our Platform has been built from the ground up specifically for this purpose, we aren’t using third party software and code. Everything you see is custom designed and built by us. We want to make a platform that people enjoy using, a platform that they can help shape and influence. We want your feedback and ideas for content and features! Do you find something annoying or tedious on our platform? Let us know, give us a suggestion of how to tackle it or what to improve!

Are you swingers yourselves?

Yes, we have been swingers for 5 years or so! We enjoy going to clubs around London, but are looking to check out clubs further away when we are able to.

Sample images from the Just Swingers app

How many people work for Just Swingers?

Currently we are a team of 3 software developers, each specialising in different areas.

Who would enjoy the Just Swingers app?

The platform is aimed at anyone who enjoys swinging, sex, and naughtiness! It’s a place for people of similar interests to come together, chat, share media, arrange meets and organise events, to name a few. If you are on a similar site you would enjoy this and it’s free.

Sample messaging from the new Just Swingers app preparing to launch in the UK

What safety and security measures are in place? 2019 saw many hookup apps exposed as not data secure

Our first line of defence is a passphrase not a password. Passphrase?

Unfortunately, most users reuse their password across their accounts. So, if you sign up on a website and it gets hacked, hackers then have a list of emails and passwords. Using tools, they can check websites to see if they can log in, you see where this is going?

We are forcing users to use a Passphrase, and chances are they won’t have a passphrase already. This will help ensure their log-in to our site is unique, thus eliminating the most common way people are hacked.

We take security and privacy seriously, as such we will be getting regular penetration tests (not the penetration you are thinking of) to make sure we are as secure as we can be. All sensitive data we store will be encrypted. The way the platform is designed makes it difficult for unauthorized users (hackers) to gain access to any sensitive data.

We currently have other platforms deployed with large user bases and complex designs, which have been attacked by hackers without success.

Sample newsfeed from Just Swingers app preparing to launch in the uk

How do you avoid fakes and catfish?

This is our main focus, we hate fakes and catfish. No one wants to waste time talking to fakes and catfish. Unfortunately, it’s a delicate balance between asking for too much information and not asking for enough.

We want to make it more difficult for fakes and catfish to make new profiles. We can easily ban fakes and catfish with user feedback, but we want to stop them signing up! So, we will use mobile phone numbers on sign-up for this purpose. It’s easy to make a new email address but it’s not easy to keep getting new phone numbers.

We will ask for photo verifications periodically. Remember that couple where his wife is always on holiday or away, but he can still meet you? This should help eliminate couples that split up and one of the users continues using the site as a couple.

Lastly, we ask you for your ID. This is optional, but we feel this in combination with the other steps will ensure you are genuine. If you are willing to prove you are genuine beyond doubt, we want you on our platform! Hence, we will offer a discount on your membership.

Sample profile page from JS app preparing to launch in the UK

Which countries is the Just Swingers app best suited for?

Initially we will only launch in the UK, so you will need a UK mobile phone number to sign up. But we plan to expand once we have established ourselves. If you want us in your country let us know

What steps have you taken to make the app inclusive?

The platform is open to everyone, but this is a hard question to answer! We are a couple, Mike is straight, and Vicky is bisexual, so we tried to make it as inclusive as possible. We managed to get beta testers from all walks of life and incorporate their feedback into the platform. So we hope you can sign up as what you feel best describes you and your sexuality.

Sample search page from Just Swingers app ready to launch in the UK

What steps have you taken to make the Just Swingers app user friendly?

We have had beta testers using the site. What we think makes sense doesn’t to everyone, people see things differently. That’s what makes us unique. Some of our testers sailed through the sign-up process, while others didn’t quite understand the wording or the terms used, or didn’t understand what they needed to do!

If you think we have missed something let us know how we can make it more user friendly.

What has been put in place to avoid message bombing of single women who join up?

We have controls that most users should be familiar with, message filters. On sign up you have the option to set messages filters, you choose who can message you. If you don’t want to be bombed, filter all the profile types. Then users can only message you if you message them or interact with them (friend request etc.) Message filters can be changed at any time so you can experiment and find what works for you.

Login page from Just Swingers app, preparing to launch in the UK

Whats the best sort of profile picture to use on Just Swingers?

We like to use provocative images that don’t show any nudity and leave the rest to your imagination. But that’s our preference, what’s yours? Full nudes, face pictures or your best assets? Just please not dick pictures!

How easy is it to search for someone?  What options and filters does Just Swingers offer?

Extremely easy, we have filters on the page that update as soon as you set them. We have all the usual options, but the username is predictive which is a great feature. Next time you’re at a club and you ask if someone is on JS, at least you don’t have to remember their exact username Jus7S_w1ng3r-69. We have fallen foul of this a few times.

Mobile message display from Just Swingers app

Is Just Swingers usable in the free version?

Yes! But there will be adverts and some limitations. In brief, we will limit messaging and some of the other features. The free tier is designed for users that are dipping their toe in, or someone that has membership elsewhere and wants to try our platform to see if it’s worth switching. You will be able to use the basic features and chat to others. Just don’t send one liners or you will run out of messages fast! Full details on membership benefits are on the website.

We would love to give away membership for free but unfortunately its costs money to keep the site running so we will have to subject you to some adverts to help cover this.

If someone wants.to work for you, what would they need and how should they go about it?

Until we get the platform in full swing, we won’t be looking for any additional help. But as we grow, we will be looking for moderators and ambassadors in different countries. Also, some full/part-time developers to assist in building more features for the platform and the roll out to other countries. However, if you think you have something to offer, we have a section on the contact us page. We are always open to offers, suggestions and feedback.

Mobile messaging with media sample of the new Just Swingers app ready to launch 2021

What advice would you give to someone wanting to start a dating or hookup site or app?

Make sure you know what you are getting yourself into! Do your research!

When we tell people we are making our own platform, they normally say it’s easy to make your own site. I made one for my business. FYI you can’t use (insert website builder) to make a social media platform it needs to be built bespoke for the purpose.

A project like this takes up all your free time or some wealthy investors to take on full time developers to do it for you.

What do you like best about swingers, the swinger lifestyle, and the community?

Friends! We have met some of our best friends through swinging, people who we would never have met otherwise. We love how open everyone is, sex and sexual health isn’t a taboo subject, you can just walk up to someone or a group in a club and chat to them. Also the respect girls get, if I go dancing in London with my girls all the guys are trying to touch and grind on you even when you say no! Whereas I could dance to my heart’s content at a swingers club, naked, and not have the same problem!

Club info sample page from the Just Swingers app coming soon to the UK

Does the Just Swingers app work on IOS, android and pc?

Currently the platform only works on a web browser, but once we get the site going and have a good user base, that will be one of the top priorities. An App for android and an app for IOS with all the features you would expect.

What has been put in place to make the site accessible to those with an impairment or disability?

Without being too boring and technical, we have used a colour palette that should be suitable for everyone. We managed to get some beta testers that were colour blind or dyslexic and have used their feedback to improve areas. If you think we missed something let us know.

Mobile messaging app sample from JS Just Swingers UK

What is a great opening message to send to someone on the Just Swingers site?

Read the user’s profile, pick something out that you like or comment on their photos. Be interesting and engage in conversation, ask questions about swinging or how they got started in the lifestyle. Best advice we can give is not to say “Hi” or “How are you?”. When we get those messages, I generally mimic them or ignore them.

How does someone make their Just Swingers profile really attractive and successful?

In our opinion striking profile pictures and cover photos are how you get the views. A picture speaks a thousand words. Pictures that don’t show everything and leave the rest to your imagination are best. Write an ‘about us’ section that’s to the point and explains what you like and answers all the general questions. Don’t write too much as not everyone likes to read through paragraphs. Post regular updates to your status and write posts to generate more content in the news feed.

Mobile log in page for Just Swingers app

How easy is it to get tech support or speak to a person if there is a problem?

Just send us a message on the contact us page and we will help as soon as we can. Communication is key, we can’t help if we don’t know there’s a problem.

justswingers.co.uk/contact-us

What will get you banned on Just Swingers?

Not using common sense! Anything you wouldn’t do elsewhere don’t do it here! Full details can be found in our terms and conditions though.

-Anything illegal, we will pass your details on

-Harassment and bullying

-Solicitation

-Fakes and Catfish

Profile page sample for Just Swingers

How big do you expect Just Swingers to grow?

We expect to do well in the UK and are expecting to launch across the world. It’s just a matter of time and exposure to the swinger communities. However, we don’t want to get so big that we lose touch with our users. We want our platform to be at the forefront of swinging, we want our platform to have the features you want and expect, we don’t want to lose touch and miss out on great ideas and suggestions by users.

Are there any other projects or plans for the future?

Currently this is our main project. All other projects are on hold until we get it to a point where we are happy or we take on more developers.

We have a long list of content and features to add to the platform which we will start after launch. Details on planned content and features can be found in the menu under site news. This will be added after the launch.

Where can people learn more about the Just Swingers site?

We have information on our website and on our socials. If you think we missed something or are unsure on something send us an email or message/comment us on socials.

https://justswingers.co.uk/

What’s a funny experience you’ve had as a swinger?

Our first experience as swingers was a Wednesday night in at a club in London. We thought it was a good idea to go on a Wednesday night, as it was bi night, and Mrs was interested in playing with girls again. We went with the idea that we would just look around and see what a swingers’ club was like. With this in mind, we wouldn’t feel pressured to do anything.

Being young and inexperienced we hadn’t realised that bi night was more for guys than girls. So, when the big rugby player guys we had seen in reception started coming out of the changing room in heels and dresses, we were a bit taken back. All of a sudden, a guy with a deep voice said “Hey guys, you look new here”. We turned around to see someone dressed in a leather policewoman’s outfit with huge boots that made him over 6’6”. A bit startled by his appearance, we began chatting and explained why we were there and that it was our first time. Despite his appearance he turned out to be a really nice guy, he took us on a tour of the club showing us all the rooms and explained that we should probably come back on a Saturday on “Couples” night.

We decided to stay and make the most of the night as it was a bit of an adventure. We got chatting to a couple and ended up in a private room with them. Vicky’s boundaries are she only plays with girls, so they kicked things off, with the guys joining in with their own partners. After a while Vicky ended up in doggy style with Mike standing behind, the other girl went underneath Vicky and started licking us. The problem was Mike kept missing and going into girl’s mouth by accident.

At the time Mike wasn’t allowed to play with other girls and we both didn’t know how things worked when playing with other couples. So, not wanting to get in trouble, Mike would keep saying sorry every time it happened. Looking back now, we realise that she knew exactly what she was signing up for and probably enjoyed it, as she even told Mike off for apologising, haha.

We went with the idea to just look around and left wanting more after a great night. So much so, we went back the same week on Saturday and every Saturday after for a while.

Any words of wisdom?

Communication is everything, the hard conversations are what build trust in a relationship. Be honest with yourself and others. If you are upset about something talk about it, don’t let it fester and become bigger. Most problems in life can be solved with good communication.

Get in touch or sign up with Just Swingers, launching April 24th 2021 at:

https://justswingers.co.uk

Https://www.instagram.com/justswingers/

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