When Grindr first launched in 2009, it filled a hole — many, in fact — but particularly the void we never knew we had: finding casual sex in the palm of your hand. There was, indeed, an app for that. But over the years, the market has become increasingly crowded with stiff competition from Scruff, Jack’d, Hornet, Mister and others we so lovingly refer to as hook-up apps. While still boasting more users than the competition, numerous bugs and criticisms have eroded its popularity.
Here are 5 ways Grindr proved itself versatile by moving from the bottom to the top in the hook-up app hierarchy.