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Grindr is going straight. The mobile app that helps gay men track their nearest potential date is launching a new service that will allow women to turn their mobiles into GPS-powered dating tools. Joel Simkhai, Grindr's year-old founder, said he had received tens of thousands of requests from women asking for a straighter, female-friendly version of Grindr. Project X, which will be named in the next few weeks, will be very different to the gay version. But Simkhai said location would still be the service's key selling point.
We are all social creatures. But men and women are different. Grindr was made for a man. If we are going to bring women in to this we have to do things differently. Simkhai said Grindr would work for straight men as it is, if it were populated by straight women.
So what. It happens all the time. We have got to provide more," he said. Women obviously want to see someone that they might find attractive, but Grinder men seeking men need to know more than that. Simkhai said that, while he is most interested Grinder men seeking men getting women to up, people will be able to up as gay, lesbian, bisexual or any mix of the above. Grindr now has more than 1. Users up with a photo and the barest of stats — age, height, weight.
No graphic nudity is allowed. Once you on, the app presents a grid of pictures of potential dates sorted by proximity using GPS technology accurate to a couple of hundred feet. People interested in meeting can text each other or send more photos using the app.
The app has become a gay phenomenon. Blog The New Gay called Grindr the "biggest change in gay hookups since the 'hanky code'". I didn't have to figure out who was gay. Every time you go somewhere new, you have a new set of guys. The app has its critics who argue it reinforces a gay male stereotype. Grinder men seeking men not going to tell people you have to go out on a date with someone, and you have to hang out for at least three hours before you do anything else.
That's not going to happen," said Simkhai. That's all we do. To me what you do with that information is up to you. Sometimes you meet people and you become friends, sometimes you fall in love, sometimes you have a sexual relationship, sometimes you want nothing to do with them.
That's life. Grindr is just part of what real life is all about. Other dating sites have advised users not to meet people just because they are close, said Simkhai. Why not just go and meet the people who are close to you instead of spending hours and hours chatting online only to meet and find there's no chemistry?
Grinder men seeking men Valentine, a New York-based artist, has been using Grindr to find gay men for a portrait project, Project Targeted. He said he was fascinated by the service. It's all there. They can walk into any bar and have that already. The Observer Apps. This article is more than 10 years old. Gay dating app's founder hopes it will prove as popular among women seeking potential partners.
Grindr founder Joel Simkhai has received requests from women for a female-friendly, straighter version of the mobile date-finding app. Photograph: Suki Dhanda. Dominic Rushe New York.
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