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Cruise Local Guys On Your iPhone


It was inevitable that a programmer would be hired to take the technological brilliance of the iPhone and merge it with a gay’s favorite pastime: hooking up.


Behold Grindr, a new iPhone app that uses GPS to find guys in your area looking for the same thing you are: No-strings screwing. Or, for the more modest: An opportunity to meet a new platonic friend for skinny vanilla lattes or professional networking! Riiiight.

Grindr is the type of platform that, like any website dedicated to meeting other sex partners, increases in value with the more users signed up (just like Facebook and Twitter). The iPhone already uses GPS to recommend nearby restaurants and locate your friends; finding circle jerk buddies was only a logical next step.

Once you check in with your own location, you can see photos of guys in the area. Look promising? Start up a chat right in Grindr and decide whether it’s gonna be your place, his place, or the Hilton.

And did we mention the best part? It’s free! Which means you can install Grindr just to, uh, see which of your friends are cruising the neighborhood — and then bring it up at your next dinner party. (We’ve already spotted a close friend, who’s betrothed, signed online … but he’s “only looking for friends.”)

If sites like Manhunt and adam4adam are wise, they’ve got competing apps en route.

YOUR TURN TO SHARE: Have you used Grindr? Okay, fess up! Tell us how you’ve used the app to find new “friends.”

[GrindriTunes Download Link]

On:           Mar 26, 2009
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    • Thor

      If only the photo montage above was realistic.

      Mar 26, 2009 at 2:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Coke

      downelink has the same capability.

      Mar 26, 2009 at 2:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jason in WV

      I’m always amazed at how these things want you to believe that every gay guy is fit, cute, and hot. Incredible.

      Mar 26, 2009 at 9:04 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SpWe

      I’ll have a ‘Keith’ and a ‘Jared’ please!

      Yes, fries as well.

      Mar 26, 2009 at 9:28 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Duffman

      Sweet! I’ve been waiting for a Manhunt app, but this will hold me over till then.

      Mar 26, 2009 at 12:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mylilpip

      @Jason in WV: and white

      Mar 26, 2009 at 1:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • parisinla

      I just downloaded it Superawsome!

      Mar 26, 2009 at 4:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • adolf

      wheres the app with stocky, beefy, hairy guys? cause i’ll be waiting for that one

      Mar 26, 2009 at 8:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JP Zenger

      Does Grindr tell you whether the guys have anal gonorrhea or AIDS?

      Mar 26, 2009 at 10:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mattbydesign

      @JP Zenger:

      or smell like curry?

      long story….

      Mar 27, 2009 at 12:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • path4play

      There is also now an app for cruisers with a countdown to cruise timer and social media twist http://www.alwaysbecruising.com/who/index.php

      Jul 27, 2009 at 9:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jason

      Is this such a good idea? I mean, our gay community has a horrible sub-culture of promiscuity and sleaze, so do we really need to add to it? Personally, I’m abhorred by the promiscuity of men who visit male-male sex clubs.

      Jul 27, 2009 at 9:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • juan

      so true!

      Sep 18, 2009 at 10:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Evan

      Just one more tool for sex addicts. Now you can hook up at the airport, grocery store, almost anywhere. Great! Just what the gay community needs.

      Oct 24, 2009 at 10:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robin

      Why is it just for gay people? We aren’t the only ones hooking up, I’ll tell you that!

      Dec 27, 2009 at 7:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • The Krazed Wookie

      @Thor: It’s pretty realistic for my area, I can’t speak for yours however.

      Jun 12, 2010 at 2:34 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • LVAngel

      @jason: OMG Jason! I almost dropped the Bible!!!! LOL

      Jul 20, 2010 at 7:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • anonymous

      @Thor: @Thor: the photos are all of real people. i’ve dated one, they were paid for their photos being used.

      Oct 13, 2010 at 6:23 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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