The new iPhone app West Fourth insists it’s not for gays looking to hook-up, but rather for gays who want to use GPS functionality to find nearby men “looking for lasting connections and relationships.” This is different from the Grindr application, which boasts 500,000 global users and also uses GPS functionality — to get your fix right now. Which is where West Fourth is headed, and no amount of marketing or intent can salvage.
Meanwhile, the gay travel website GayCities.com has released its own iPhone app, which, like social-location apps Foursquare and Gowalla, lets users check in based on where they are at any given moment. Just like Foursquare, users can become “Top Fans” of places they check-in the most. And just like Foursquare, it’s a ripe opportunity to get your home burglarized. But raise your hand if you think GayCities’ iPhone app will be used more often to find cute, undiscovered tapas spots, or to gauge whether anyone is at Splash Bar tonight.