Overview from Fling.com
"Fling is an online space for people who would like to indulge in their sexual fantasies. Meet other adult members in your area looking for sex. Profiles can be made discreet, safe, and fun!"
What a Fling.com Membership Offers
Fling.com is a relationship site for people who want a fling, casual dating, or sexual encounter with men, women, transsexuals and/or couples. With that in mind, all of the features focus on the adult nature of the site, including:
- A strong search feature that enables matching by age, sex, location, availability of photos, new members, and what the person is interested in (such as fetish, online flirting or group sex);
- Photos, instant messaging and video chat, all of which permit nudity and some sexual contact;
- The ability to contact up to five members a day with a free membership (while the site is on its trial membership basis).
Fling.com has a surprising number of long-standing members, even in smaller metropolitan and rural areas, although there are unquestionably more men than women on the site. In the areas I searched in, users were predominantly heterosexual men in their early 20's, with approximately 10 men for every woman.
Based on the larger number of users and the membership levels of Silver and Gold, I had to wonder if Fling.com is sharing the same user database as Adult Friend Finder, which uses the same terminology. A quick search found that yes, FriendFinder Networks owns Fling.com, although there's no word whether or not they share the same database of members. Fling.com does have it's own sign in page however, as well as a different format, look and feel.
Unique Features of Fling.com
Fling has a number of interesting features that a lot of other casual dating sites forgo, including video chat, a blackbook feature (essentially a friends list), the ability to "safely" search (meaning: shut off viewing of explicit photos and video feeds),and put your profile in discreet mode (only allowing people in your blackbook to view your profile). Every users home page also shows a random list of live cam feeds from different users - which although it makes the page load a bit slower than normal, is still a fun, frivolous, and very frequently used feature.
There are currently no membership costs for Fling.com, although their homepage states this is a "introductory trial offer for a limited time".
Silver memberships include the ability to see all profiles and photos, manage your own virtual "blackbook", join in chat and video chat rooms, and compose and read messages to/from other members. Both paid memberships also offer a 3 month guarantee, where if the user doesn't hook up with someone within those three months, they get another three months, free of charge. Fees for a Silver membership at Fling.com are $4.95 for a 3 day trial, $24.95 a month, or 3 months for $49.95.
A Gold membership offers all of the same features as a Silver, but with the additional benefits of having top-listed search results, becoming a featured member, and letting free members email you at no extra charge.
Featured members are shown above the fold on most pages and on every search page, and receive this status by paying a non-recurring, bi-weekly $9.95 USD fee or by getting a Gold membership.
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