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If You Download Fabulis’ iPhone App, Should You Expect A Grindr-Like Experience?

Did you get on Fabulis when it launched? And have you used it lately? About 10,000 dudes are fabbing about every day, according to founder Jason Goldberg. And since last week’s release of their iPhone app, about 20 percent of those visits are via iPhone. Since Fabulis is all about meeting new people, going out, and having fun, I decided to give it a spin this weekend at, where else, a sexy sex fair.

At least, I tried to.

At the leathery kinkfest Up Your Alley, I was only just barely able to get a signal, and gave up trying to to download data after a few minutes. To be fair, that’s the fault of AT&T, not Fabulis.

“If you were at Dore Alley, maybe it was the abundance of leather and lube that got in the way of the connection speed,” Goldberg told me when I asked about it. “I was in SF this weekend and was amazed at how crappy AT&T service is in some areas.”

But then I fired it up again later in the Castro, and reception was a little more cooperative.

What I found: recommendations for events that were more long-term plans than spur-of-the-moment. The app suggested dance parties Booty Call Wednesdays (three days away) and Crotch Rocket (a week away and across town), and a Starcraft II release party (on the other side of the bay).

That’s great if you’re looking for something to do in a couple days. (And indeed, we discovered a great new event that we’d never heard of before: a Queer Cinema class held in a gay club, neato!)

But what if you’re hanging out in a gay ghetto, feeling all pretty in your tight pants and looking for the best place to get your ass noticed RIGHT THIS SECOND?

If you’re not getting any good ideas from the app’s event-recommender, you might want to give the people-finder a try. It’ll randomly connect you with someone close by and then you can ask them what their evening plans are.

We gave it a spin and, good grief, actually found some pretty cool guys. It’s a bit like Grindr Roulette, which could be disastrous, but Fabulis doesn’t have the hook-up-y vibe that makes folks feel obligated to talk sexy, so conversations tend to be a bit more “how’s it going” and less “how’s your cock.”

Fabulis has big plans for future versions, like editing your profile, getting push notifications about messages, and letting you know who’s actually at an event. (Fabulis has always said it’s not a Foursquare killer — but that sounds Foursquarey to us.)

Having a map of nearby events seems like it would be a handy feature. When I was ready to leave my fave bar in the Castro, I would have to check in and see if there was anything cool within walking distance.

But Fabulis on the phone is only in version 1.0, and its features are sure to expand in time. So for now, let’s assume the apps’s a grower, not a shower.

By:           Matt Baume is a writer in San Francisco and has written for NBC Bay Area, SFist, the San Francisco Appeal, and his own Stop8.org. Send him Fabulis points here.
On:           Jul 28, 2010
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    • L.

      The ability to edit one’s profile is a *future plan*?!?

      Jul 28, 2010 at 3:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Matt Baume

      @L.: To clarify: you can edit your profile through Fabulis.com, just not through the iPhone app yet.

      Jul 29, 2010 at 5:46 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Matt

      Fabulis is definitely not something that has caught on here in Atlanta. Of course, I don’t do anything but facebook so I may be even more out of the loop than usual.

      Jul 29, 2010 at 9:38 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alex

      that’s so nice that we have our own social network.I joined fabulis and i love it and I also found another one that is starting wich is called http://www.macho4macho.com I think it has potential too.

      Read more: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2010/08/fabulis-reports-60000-members-in-90-days.html#ixzz0wyZNuaEa

      Aug 18, 2010 at 12:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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