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Let's turn your app idea into amazing social networking software

We are a social network app development company that builds software from validation app idea through product design, app development, and launching it.


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Software brings us together


In 2020 the number of active mobile social media users reached over 4 billion. It is hard to imagine the world without Facebook or Instagram, isn't it? Living in a modern, busy world shows that online communication and social media networks play a big part in our lives. We want to be a part of the community.

Social networks give us many (also business) opportunities.The community gained around social network software can become your clients. There are many ways of social media apps monetization, e.g., advertising, in-app purchases, subscriptions, or affiliation.


Why is it worth investing in social networking software in 2021?

2020 was the year in which the usage of social and communications platforms increased because of a pandemic. Almost 50% of the world's population uses social media apps.

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Social media apps have a high Return of Investment (ROI) indicator.

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The global social networking market is growing year-to-year.

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Social networking through software is highly desirable during the pandemic.

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It enables to connect people with similar interests worldwide.

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We recommend validating whether it has business potential first.


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Our social network projects

For the last 11 years, we design and build social networking software that ensures a pleasant user experience and meets our clients' business goals.


Social networking app for people who feel lonely and isolated

Frindow is a UK startup social networking platform that is dedicated to alleviating loneliness and isolation. The goal is to connect new people in the same situation.

We were responsible for the backend, frontend, and Quality Assurance. The project is still ongoing. Implemented features: 

  • Chat & Video chat
  • Profiles
  • Groups
  • Forums
  • Events
  • Notifications
The example of community social networks - MySoberRoommate
The example of community social networks - MySoberRoommate


Web & mobile room rent application for people that choose clean life

MySoberRoommate is a matching web & mobile app for people in addiction recovery or who have chosen to live clean. The members of the platform are both the people who are looking for a room and who have space to fill.

Our work focused on web & mobile development, frontend, backend, graphic design, and Quality Assurance. Implemented features:

  • Web app: search engine, messages, payments and paid content, connecting
  • iOS app: real-time chat, search engine, push notifications, messages, prepared for both iPhone and iPad devices.

The Perfect Room

Shopping platform based on matching algorythm

The Perfect Room is a digital marketplace where the interior designed service has been turned into an online product. The project's main purpose is to bring luxury decor to everyone's life in a few steps and make it customized based on specific criteria included in the quiz section.

We were responsible for the backend, frontend, and Quality Assurance.

  • The most exciting part of the application is that our team implemented the style Quiz section. As a result of having that feature, the user can find the best collections based on his own choices and preferences.
The example of social network platform - The Perfect Room

What our customers say about us?

Our Clutch.co profile is full of positive feedback. We are incredibly proud that the average rating of over 30 clients' reviews is 5.0.

"I’m very fortunate to have the partnership that I’ve had with them. I’ve received tremendous amounts of work compared to the amount of money I’ve given them."

"Railwaymen far exceeded our expectations, and working with them was a fantastic experience. We feel so fortunate to have found such a skilled, knowledgeable team. "

"During the years that you have worked with The Perfect Room, you have proved your capabilities and your skills to be effective."

Different social networking platforms serve us different purposes

There are many types of social networking software. Whether you want to become an owner of an interest-based network, dating app, discussion forum, or social shopping network, our team will help you do that.

We exactly know what features and technologies should be implemented in that kind of apps. Most of them are based on a location and matching algorithm. As a software company specializing in developing social networking platforms, we have well-tested solutions that let us build stunning community mobile and web applications.


This is how your social app might look

UX/UI design is an essential part of the app development process. Check the concept of the community software platform prepared by our Designer.

Social networking software company - Railwaymen

Developing Social Networking Software

The interest in social network applications is quite significant nowadays. We receive many requests about this kind of software.

How can I create a social networking platform?

There are 3 main ways to become an owner of a social or communication platform. You can hire a freelancer, build an in-house development crew or cooperate with a software house.

In the case of hiring a freelancer, we advise you to keep in mind that freelancers usually work alone. So you have to estimate whether one person will be able to handle the whole social software project. Furthermore, you won't be the only customer, so you need to be aware that it may take much more time to complete the project. Building an in-house team is a time-consuming process. It is a smart idea if you are planning a big, complex project that will be continued for many years. Choosing an IT company as a partner is a perfect choice if you have more sophisticated requirements and want a complex app development service. Software house is an organization that can ensure a group of IT specialists that will entirely run your project.

How much does it cost to develop social networking software?

At Railwaymen, we can build a very basic version of your app (it is called Minimum Viable Product) for around $20,000 - $30,000, and it will take about 3 months. The primary advantage of this approach is that, after the first stage of development and release, we can collect feedback from users and use it to improve the product.

When it comes to more comprehensive software (with a bunch of advanced features) like, for example, Frindow, we had to ensure a team of specialists: 1 x Project Manager, 2 x Ruby on Rails Backend Developers, 1 x Frontend Developers, and 2 x Quality Assurance Specialist. And yes, it had an impact on the price. The first version of this social networking solution cost about $120,000 - $150,000.

What features a social network platform should have?

The development team should tailor functionalities to each social application individually. That's why we encourage you to contact and estimate the project (it is for free). No doubt, whether you want to build a small community app based on interests, a comprehensive dating app, or social media platform similar to Facebook or Instagram, you will need a matching algorithm that will connect users. You can specify the assumptions of this mechanism by yourself.

Here are the features that are necessary to run an attractive social app: login, profile, feed, messages or chat, searching/matching people, notifications, integrations with social media (like, e.g., Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn), usage statistics, blocking users, and in many cases localization. One of the most important features (for app owners) are monetization solutions.

What are the types of social networking?

Most of us associate social media with Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter or other famous platforms. The truth is that we have many more social apps categories: social networking sites, interest-based networks, dating apps, communication platforms, social shopping networks, social review sites, image sharing sites, video hosting sites, community blogs, discussion sites and forums.

What are the top social media apps?

According to Statista.com, in 2020, the most popular social networks worldwide were: Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, WeChat, Instagram, TikTok, QQ, Douyin, Sina Weibo, QZone, Snapchat.


Our Services

We successfully develop mobile & web apps based on Ruby on Rails, Android, and iOS. We already delivered over 120 IT projects for clients worldwide. We're hiring over 50 talented people. Half of our Developers are Seniors.


Web Apps

Web Development


Front-end and back-end developers from our team will use their exceptional programming skills to transform your idea into a fully-functional social networking software. Our quality assurance team will then mercilessly break it, looking for any weak spots that could endanger your project's success.


  • Ruby on Rails
  • React.js
  • NodeJS
  • Vue.js
iOS & Android

Mobile Development


The mobile app market is constantly growing because people want to use their apps anywhere they are. This trend is thriving in the social media industry. With our Android and iOS developers, you can create a stunning social network application that will let you build a community.


  • iOS
  • Android
  • React Native
  • Kotlin
  • Swift
UX/UI Design

Product Design


A great design is something that may decide whether the user chooses your app or the competitor one. We're not talking here only about how great it looks, but is it intuitive to navigate as well. Our talented UX/UI designers will make sure that your social networking software ticks both these boxes!


  • User Experience design
  • Web & mobile design
  • UX Audits
  • Motion Design
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Discovery Phase


We cannot make tailor-made software solutions without prior background research & analysis. Our experience allows us to advise about your social networking platform requirements to fulfill your business needs. That's why we offer free Design Thinking Workshops that will help describe the project's scope.


  • Background research
  • Data analysis
  • Technical research


Social networking software company - Railwaymen
Project: James Marketing Amplifier, marketing automation app

"After speaking with several development agencies, we retained Railwaymen to turn our raw idea into first a clickable prototype. They handled 100% of the design and development. Railwaymen is a first class, high-quality operation which charges reasonable rates and does great work. We are extremely happy with the relationship, and plan to stay with Railwaymen through future versions of the software."

Jim Pawell, Co-founder, James Marketing Amplifier

Project: Launchmatic, marketing automation app

"They have highly skilled engineers that are willing to work crazy hours. And they have an hourly rate that doesn't break the bank. Railwaymen goes above and beyond to provide high-quality results at reasonable rates. The team is hard-working and organized, establishing a smooth workflow. They've quite literally built everything from the ground up and there wouldn't be a product without them!"

Tim Jones, CEO, Launchmatic

Project: ProEst, construction software

"Our search for the right development team lasted for a month, interviewing over 30 companies. We are confident that our decision to go with Railwaymen was the perfect choice. Not only do you have direct access to the executive team but have a development staff with knowledge and creativity that is unmatched. We highly recommend adding them as your extended development team."

Jeff Gerardi, President/CEO, ProEst

Project: Shawarmer, food tech app

"Railwaymen team helped us in rebuilding our Mobile applications with strong base. Their professionality made the process very smooth and fast. We did this in very short time even we had a lot of obstacles. Building the base in very professional way and as per the standard with the alignment of the up-to date technology helped us to start another project with them (KIOSK “self-service”) in very short notice and finished it as planned.”

Abdulaziz AlMusaireae, Brand Extension Director, Shawarmer


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