I’m not actually sure where you would go if you were looking for the latter type of conversation. Anything come to mind for you?
Nope, but then I’m not looking for this, and I can’t quite identify WHY someone would look for this (with no geographic or in-person possibilities).
I was thinking that you can ballpark it and assume that something like 50% of the matches end up having a video call, and 1% of those end up being friends
This is the principal thing in an early-stage business plan / sketch. Write down your assumptions and unknowns, and figure out how to validate your beliefs. For most of these kinds of ideas, you should be optimizing for 5-10 attempts, and getting as much information from each. “Fail fast” is how this is often stated, but that’s not complete. “Fail legibly” would be better advice. Generate hypotheses about why people aren’t loving it, and find ways to test those ideas.
The app feels extremely side-project-y, so I wouldn’t expect people to be worried about data harvesting.
You don’t just need to assert that you’re not misusing data, you need to overcome the expectations that have been set by all the crappy chat/discussion/etc. sites in the world.
My prior is pretty high that SOMEONE is harvesting any data I give out. Whether it’s you, or the stalkers who’ve created an account and filled out every possible profile on your survey, or just the fact that I don’t like most people, and people is who your site attracts, I would only try it with burner info. And most people won’t bother with that.