Fling is for singles and swingers looking for some no-strings adult fun. Joining is free of charge, and creating a profile takes just a few minutes. After joining, you can browse photo galleries of local women or men, and enjoy intimate video chat.
It's a pay site, so don't expect to be able to do much unless you purchase a membership. The free account does let you search for people and view small profile photos - you can also send winks but only after you've uploaded a photo of yourself.
With free access, you can't view photos at full size, x-rated photos, nor view other people's profile details. Email access is also blocked.
All-in-all it's pretty limited, but "in-line" with other sites of this kind such as Adult Friendfinder. Once you upgrade, these features are unlocked.
Signing up and creating a profile only takes a few minutes. There isn't a great deal of moderation on the site -- you can complete your profile in stages, just entering the bare minimum to get started is enough. Your profile "completion status" is displayed at the top of the page.
All members can upload their own explicit photos and videos, some of which are showcased on the site's homepage. The photos alone are worth signing up to see. It's the video chat that allows you the chance to really see what others have to offer. Not surprisingly, other member's videos are "out of bounds" to free account holders.
Profile searches are straightforward; you have several searching options: "Quick Search", "Advanced Search", "Who is online" and "New Faces". The advanced search is new, and lets you narrow down your list on things such as sexual interest, proximity, body type, languages spoken and more. Other features include:
- Email and live chat
- Advanced profile searches
- Browse by state/country
- Certified profiles
- X-rated video and photo galleries
- Webcam shows
- Sex shop
There's also the option to see who's viewed your profile.
Fling's community is quite large - around 180,000 according to the latest estimates. This site attracts both singles and couples, as well as people who are in relationships but are looking for something "on the side". Single men make up a large percentage of the community (there are approximately 5 men for every woman).
There are usually at least a few thousands members online at any given time. The live chat tool is available to those with full access. Otherwise, you'll be diverted to the "upgrade now" screen on clicking a chat invitation.
Fling has a number of novel security features which are welcome to see on an adult dating site. For example, they provide a "Safe Mode" which, when activated blocks any profiles containing sexually explicit content from your search results. They also provide an option that allows you to hide your profile completely, or to make your profile discreet, so that only those you invite to do so can see your pictures.
The site will also verify your photos, if you so choose. In this case, you will need to provide a photo ID as proof of identity. Verified photos are highlighted with a special certification icon.
Fling is a big site with a lot of activity. The main downside is that the guest account (free) are very limited. As there is no way to communicate or view other profiles, upgrading can be a "bit of a gamble". If you haven't hooked up with anyone in 3 months, they will let you sign up for 3 more months without paying.
Their mobile dedicated site, Fling.com Mobile is available especially for cell phone users.
By Tara Miller