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Grindr Rolls Out New Features For Summer 2012

Grindr, the ubiquitous hookup app, is unveiling new features and increased functionality to help millions of men find each other more easily. Since launching in 2008, the geo-specific app has connected more than four million men in 192 countries and sees more than one million users logging on each day.

The app’s new features will include:

* a revamped and optimized interface and slide-screen menu

* a community filter setting that enables men to specify their own type (bear, jock, etc.)

* a chat screen with recent conversations

“The new Grindr continues our commitment to innovation and our belief in leveraging location-based technologies to help gay men find one another,” says founder and CEO Joel Simkhai.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any easier or faster for the fast and easy. Too bad the new additions won’t be available in time for Pride.

By:           C. Edwards
On:           Jun 18, 2012
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  • 32 Comments
    • Jay P
      Jay P

      But I don’t fall into any of those categories! How about one for nerdy? awkward?

      Jun 18, 2012 at 4:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Matt
      Matt

      Cue that troll Little Kiwi to come on and say how men who use Grindr are closet cases, homophobic because they don’t like queens or effeminate men, and all the other BS he says.

      Jun 18, 2012 at 5:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • QJ201
      QJ201

      I’d like to be able to see my block list. LOL.

      Jun 18, 2012 at 5:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Danny
      Danny

      It should show the location of condom/lube stores, and STD testing sites just so guys are reminded to be safe when they are having fun.

      Jun 18, 2012 at 5:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bob
      Bob

      Perhaps they should work on a messaging app that actually messages before adding things?

      Jun 18, 2012 at 6:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ed
      ed

      So basically they are copying Jack’d?

      Jun 18, 2012 at 8:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Anthony
      Anthony

      I’m with Jay P. I don’t fit into any of those filters and don’t have a “type” that does either… Seems a little limited and of course stereotypical…

      Jun 18, 2012 at 8:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Danzig's Cat
      Danzig's Cat

      With the new bear category is Grindr really going after Growlr and Scruff? Every bear I know has one or both apps.

      Jun 18, 2012 at 8:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Joe
      Joe

      I echo Jay P. and Anthony — I hope it’s not just those four categories. I also fall under the nerdy awkward…

      Jun 18, 2012 at 8:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Gay Bacon
      Gay Bacon

      No Trekkie categories?!? :O

      Jun 18, 2012 at 10:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • FelixWood
      FelixWood

      Let’s commodify and box each other in even further!

      Jun 19, 2012 at 12:18 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sorryroger
      sorryroger

      I’d suggest a feature that filters out all the partnered guys, but then there’d be no one left.

      Jun 19, 2012 at 12:20 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sheena
      sheena

      yup….AND STILL TRANSPHOBIC AND BIGOTED…..classic

      Jun 19, 2012 at 12:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Danny
      Danny

      How is an app for guys to hook up with guys transphobic when it is a gay app, not an LGBT app?

      Jun 19, 2012 at 1:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jeff4justice
      jeff4justice

      If these sites forbid homophobes why not forbid gay on gay haters too?

      There’s nothing wrong with with preference. But there’s a lot wring with singling out certain types of people – for example: No fats, no fems, no ___________ race, etc…

      I am not into woman, aliens from outer space, pedophiles, or people on death row but therefore I do not include it in my profile. So why would anyone include what they are NOT into in their profile? Because they’re projecting their phobia – and that comes off as so insecure and unattractive.

      What is you’re not into “fats or fems” and you hit up a skinny or in shape masculine looking dude and they have fat or fem friends? Then you’ve just come off as offensive and insecure to a potential date.

      Also, what’s with all the guys barking orders or grievances with other guys in their profiles? Example: “Don’t expect me to reply right away.”

      If you start out coming off as bossy in a profile who on earth do you think you’re going to attract?

      Here’s an example of how to do it right:

      I am a nice emotionally-open sober/drug free guy. I’m into road tripos, activism, and making YouTube vids. Open to friends or sex but prefer dates. I am a lover of love.

      Jun 19, 2012 at 2:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jeff4justice
      jeff4justice

      @jeff4justice: F’n typos ; )

      Jun 19, 2012 at 2:28 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Anon
      Anon

      @jeff4justice: Because “woman, aliens, etc.” are not common on Grindr while “fats and fems” are. If you use Grindr for hookups and people you are not interested become a nuisance then you take action and prevent it. If someone’s buthurt than to bad. You’re not insecure, you are just trying to accomplish a basic goal.

      Jun 19, 2012 at 3:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Aaron in Honolulu
      Aaron in Honolulu

      @Anon:

      Gay men today are SPOILED by technology. We demand particular groups of men not to contact us to make our selection process easier and more efficient. But in this defensive process, depending how we word our profiles, we risk coming across as demanding and judgmental.

      You wanna come across as approachable to your future hottie, not defensive.

      Let’s say your type is: white, young, fit, and masculine and a man who fits this type sees your profile and is completely turned off by your choice of words. You just lost a hottie. Not all men who are white, young, fit, and masculine are going to be visually motivated and shallow . A lot of them may demand integrity, maturity, open-mindedness, and kindness.

      Trust me, if you focus more on what you appreciate in a potential mate and less about what you don’t like, you may come across a hottie who is not only attracted to you physically but is also attracted to your personality. Yes, you will have to weed through a lot of guys you’re not attracted to but you’ll also won’t shoo away guys your type who demand a little more than just looks.

      Jun 19, 2012 at 7:05 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jason
      jason

      Grindr is shit. It’s for desperate homos with no social skills. Shit, shit, shit.

      Jun 19, 2012 at 9:55 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • barry
      barry

      @Danny: Because there are trans men who are gay too, dude.

      Jun 19, 2012 at 10:34 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jeff4justice
      jeff4justice

      @Aaron in Honolulu: @Aaron in Honolulu: Amen!

      Jun 19, 2012 at 1:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jeff4justice
      jeff4justice

      @Anon: You can accomplish avoidance of shooing away the “fats & fems” by writing “Seeking masculine, in shape guys” instead of writing “no fats, no fems.” And yes indeed it does come off as insecure.

      Also, if there are really so many “fats and fems” on Grinder, maybe it’s not the right place to meet a guy if one is not into those types.

      In any case, great! More “fats and fams” for me.

      Jun 19, 2012 at 1:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DB
      DB

      Gross.

      Jun 19, 2012 at 1:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DB
      DB

      @Aaron in Honolulu: Anyone who is not ‘shallow’ or demands maturity is not going to be using an application like Grindr.

      Jun 19, 2012 at 1:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jozef
      Jozef

      @Jay P: My thoughts exactly

      Jun 19, 2012 at 2:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • RLS
      RLS

      Never thought I’d agree with Jason, but Grindr is for losers. I’m sorry, but it is. I have a friend who’s so totally addicted to this thing it’s pathetic. But then again he’s got a tech addiction in general.

      Jun 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Erik
      Erik

      I never publicly state what i’m not into, but I would appreciate the ability to discreetly filter my results.

      However, in reality, most guys will not fall into any of those categories — bears, jocks, twinks, or muscle. You’re not a twink if you’re over 24 and few guys really have an athletic or muscular body. Oh, they’ll categorize themselves as such, but it’ll be little more than wishful thinking. There should be an “Average Joe” category, as that’s what most fall into.

      Jun 19, 2012 at 5:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jason
      Jason

      No idea why I re-installed the app. I use Jackd and Scruff more and slightly more luck getting message responses with Jackd. No offense, but half the time I get messaged by people that aren’t my type, I’d deem insecure, or looking for someone to pity them

      Jun 19, 2012 at 7:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Spike
      Spike

      Wonder what the gay 20somethings will be like when they are 50 and have never actually hooked up with someone having not first reviewed their bio, pics and exchanged multiple chat messages? I’m guessing totally incapable of normal face to fact human interaction.

      Jun 20, 2012 at 3:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Randall Reynolds
      Randall Reynolds

      @Danny: Winner!

      Jun 23, 2012 at 3:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ari159
      Ari159

      @jeff4justice: Agree 100% with this sentiment. Despite most guys not doing it, I *always* read a guy’s profile to see if he has stats or anything to say. The ones that border on what you mention, I don’t even bother to message even if they are attractive. That tiny description box, believe it or not, is a reflection on them as a person and if it’s not a good one, no point in bothering.

      Jul 13, 2012 at 11:37 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SilentJoe
      SilentJoe

      Hopefully, it’ll at least be ready for Atlanta Pride in October. But at this point, July is almost over, and still no sign of a release date.

      Jul 20, 2012 at 1:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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