Jaumo is a dating platform that Jens Kammerer and Benjamin Roth founded in 2011, in the Southern parts of Germany.
The choice of name is a bit peculiar, as the word “Jaumo” means “a new day” in the ancient Aramaic language. At the time, it might have been a reference to a “new beginning” for the platform itself, and its users who seek a start to a new relationship.
It has been doing well as a dating platform ever since then. It boasts of around 30 million users currently, and a reach spanning across the USA, Germany, and Brazil.
The idea of Jaumo is to be the dating site social networks couldn’t be. It’s a platform for individuals looking for other people with whom they can chat, purely for flirting purposes.
Expectedly, conventional social networks have restrictions on what two users can share while chatting, and conversations bordering around “one night stands” cannot be had in its fullest potential.
It is an apparent gap Jaumo is hoping to fill, whereby users can comfortably share preferences and content with other preferred users without having to be censored.
However, there are many other dating sites with a similar plan. It is part of the reason why Jaumo is popular and unique at the same time. Since there is a huge market for dating platforms, it is not too tricky for Jaumo to make its share. At the same time, it offers some unique features that make it stand out of the fray.
Jaumo is a dating site that has its foundation upon chat communication. It means that the user would find Chat at the center of its services.
It allows users to send as many messages as they want, regardless of being a free or paid member. You use the search function to find other users, and results bring multiple users at a time. The search also shows pictures associated with the profiles displayed, and if they have a picture gallery, it will show up as well.
Typically, tapping on a profile photo reveals more information about the user, and you can find all the other details (preferences and additional personal information) there.
Matching is another way to meet with other users, and just like the chat function, it doesn’t cost extra. The matching process leads up to the chatting phase when both profiles establish mutual interest.
Jaumo uses a familiar feature to suggest matches to you. It calls the function “Zapping,” and it works by swiping right on a profile to show interest, and left to dismiss that profile. The feature already exists on other popular dating sites, so it would be familiar to use on Jaumo.
You can also show further interest in a profile by using the “superlike” feature on the platform. It exists as a heart icon, and free members can only use it once. The VIP users get to use on as many profiles as they like and as many times as they want.
Registering on Jaumo is as easy as it gets. It takes very little time, and there is more than one option for getting on.
You can use an active email address or your Facebook account. If you choose the Facebook option, you would just have to provide your Facebook login details. This happens on a separate, secure page, so you don’t have to worry about Jaumo gleaning your detail.
When you’ve given the details, Jaumo gets access to your account, and everything else comes easy after that. Jaumo takes the necessary info from your Facebook profile, such as Name and Birthday, to make up your Jaumo profile.
If you decide to use your email instead, you need to provide info such as birthday and gender manually. After submitting your details (either Facebook or email), you will need to grant some permissions to the Jaumo app. This includes location access – which is crucial for the app to work.
That’s all about the registration process on Jaumo, reflecting how it is easy to just up and get on a dating site. Perhaps, the ease of registration, in addition to the connection with Facebook, is an indication of how Jaumo pushes to be the dating site that is an extension of an existing social network.
For the most part, this works, and it is evident in the number of users it’s been able to garner over a relatively short period.
Jaumo has a well-designed website, and although it only calls users to download the app versions, it still gives sufficient information to give users an idea of what to expect from using the platform.
There are call-to-action buttons to inform the users to download the app. The users can download it either from the Play Store or the App Store.
There is enough information about the platform, and sufficiently spaced texts, so elements don’t feel cramped on the site.
Colors are a bit understated, but not conflicting. There is minimal possibility that users will find issues with the color scheme. Images take up the majority of the space to ensure the viewer focuses on the right thing.
There is a section where users can read blog articles, giving a visiting user more resources and information they might need to get on a dating site for the first time.
Overall, the website has its high and low points as far as usability is concerned. The low end is that Jaumo misses out on making some of its features available on the website. The chat feature would have significantly enhanced the site’s usability if Jaumo included it: users can chat on the app and then continue with it on the web.
On the flip side, the simplicity of the website makes the platform streamlined. Jaumo directs its users to the apps, so all their activities will be there. It also makes Jaumo focus its services on the apps rather than having to split resources between the website and the apps.
Having and maintaining a profile on Jaumo starts immediately after registration, and it’s very straightforward.
Typically, you are allowed to view other people’s profiles, even if you haven’t finished setting up yours. If you don’t have a profile, you get the ‘guest’ tag.
As far as quality is concerned, profiles on Jaumo are much more comprehensive compared to other dating sites. The users can get to see enough details about the user from the profile.
Preferences (like drinking or smoking), religious identification, and so on would show up on the profile if provided. When the user deems particular info too personal to be shared, they can leave on an “ask me” basis, whereby other users send a special private message to that effect.
The Mobile app versions of Jaumo is the mainstay of its services, and it does a remarkable job of making it functional.
On the design front, the mobile app is attractive, with the use of vivid colors and text. When logging in, elements are displayed neatly, keeping up with what a modern app should look like presently.
Five buttons sit at the bottom of the app’s main page: the “Zapping” button, “Nearby” button, “Likes” button, “Messages” button, and the “Profile” button.
The Zapping button opens to the default page, and it allows you to swipe through profiles the same way popular sites like Tinder do it. A swipe left means you don’t “fancy” the profile, while a swipe right adds the profile to a list of favorite profiles.
The profiles have an attractive style, with the profile picture taking most of the space. The details are displayed in the corner, right where the eye would naturally sit. Also, there are buttons (three of them), which are alternatives to the swipe gesture, and also to boost your profile.
The Nearby button takes you to another page where you see a curated grid of profiles that are physically close to your location. The profiles are in a grid view, with the profile picture being the more prominent part. You can also see the username and distance displayed as well.
The number of likes you have received shows up on the page in which the “Likes” button opens. The page also shows the number of people who have visited your profile. It keeps the design language of minimalism with a touch of pink.
The “Messages” button opens a page where you can send a message to any of your favorite profiles (i.e., the profile you’ve “swiped right” to). If you don’t have any favorite profile yet, the app gently prompts you to “start zapping” with a soft pink button.
Your profile settings live behind the “Profile” button. The page is also clean that you have the option to set filters, and the overall accounts/profile settings.
In reality, a dating site can be fancy looking, but the more important thing is the safety of the users and the security of the data they give.
On Jaumo, there are evident conscious efforts to try to give the user control over what happens to the data they provide and generally make them feel safer.
For instance, in the Privacy settings, the user has the option to turn on personalized ads so that their data don’t just fall in random ad companies’ hands. Also, the location range is set to within 500 meters by default, meaning only profiles within that range would be able to find you with their nearby feature.
It helps in security, and Jaumo adds the option to turn it off. It shows the platform also consider the liberty of its users.
However, there are some fundamental loopholes that the user should be aware of, as they are the final determinants of whether the site is termed “safe.”
The first one is the high rate of fake profiles that are present on the platform. It is because of the utter ease of creating a profile in the first place. It takes so little time to start using the services on Jaumo; therefore, you should expect that cunning people will find it easy to come on board.
As a user, expect to find phony looking profiles, with fake pictures and hidden intentions. As a result, Jaumo can then be regarded as safe only if you, the user, tread carefully and choose with whom you interact with the utmost discretion.
Another issue is the security of user data collected by Jaumo. What happens to the private data you give the dating site? It is a very salient question, considering the circumstances with Jaumo manages said data in the beginning.
When registering, there is the option to sign up using Facebook. When you go with that option, the site automatically takes some information from your Facebook profile so it can finish your sign-in.
It means that the security of the data picked from the Facebook account is the same as the security of the Facebook account itself.
From all indications, that is not safe enough to have data handled like that, as a breach in the Facebook account automatically affects the Jaumo account. Also, users are more open to stalkers since their dating profile is only an extension of their Facebook account.
The pricing of Jaumo is very flexible and sufficiently puts into consideration users who want to try out their services to make up their minds.
Its premium subscription includes a one-month plan, which costs $12.49 per month, a three-month plan which goes for $8.33 a month, and the twelve-month plan, which costs $6.25 a month.
Jaumo also gives a seven-day free trial of its service before billing starts; it’s an excellent way to draw in potential customers.
For the money paid, you get an app void of ads (of any kind), custom notifications for when someone else has read your message, and all-area access to other premium users. Users can make payments using PayPal, Credit Card, or Mobile Phone.
Users would be glad to know that Jaumo supports its users as much as it can, and it makes for a much better experience.
Within the app, there exists a Help section in the settings menu; it is where users can get support on some of the issues they might encounter. There are FAQs under the General tabs, and they are 10 in number covering much of the problems a potential user might face.
Then there’s the menu, located at the top right corner of the Support page, to create a ticket that allows you to start a conversation with the platform’s customer support.
Users (and potential users alike) might have some questions regarding what it feels like using Jaumo. The following are some of those questions and their corresponding answers.
Jaumo is safe, but not overly so. You should carry out activities in your utmost discretion.
As far as dating sites go, Jaumo is one such platform that stays true to what a flirtatious dating site should be, and it has a vast user base to show for that
You can sign up using either your email or Facebook login; then, you can start chatting and viewing profiles. You can also participate in live videos and other actions.
The essential chat functions of Jaumo are free, but you have to pay to have access to all of its features
Jaumo works as it should, and doesn’t fall much of the expectations of users. Its app is responsive and feature-packed.
Jaumo stays true to the fundamental goal of a dating site: to allow users to meet and chat with other users online. It makes it very similar to other popular dating sites that are available, and that is why it has 30 million+ strong user base.
Despite its feature-rich services, it’s got some issues that are worth mentioning. Due to how many users it’s had to deal with, security isn’t what you’d call “uptight,” and you would have to be careful with whom you are dealing with, and what information you share.
Overall, Jaumo is a reliable dating site that could be easily recommended, especially to individuals who are just trying out dating services for the first time.