First launched in 2009 by founder and CEO Joel Simkhai, Grindr is arguably the best “geosocial networking” and location-based mobile app for gay men. It is currently used in over 192 countries and includes millions of members; at any given time, 71,000 users are logged onto Grindr and close to a million users log into the mobile app daily.
Grindr has been described by users as a “revolutionary dating tool,” as well as the “scariest gay bar on earth.” Either way, Grindr has made an indelible mark on the dating scene for gay men, winning awards like the “Best Dating Application” in 2012 by About.com Readers’ Choice Awards and the Best Mobile Dating App and Best New Technology by the Dating Industry and Internet Dating Conference in 2012.
For men who want to forgo long and invasive questionnaires given out by overly complex online dating services, Grindr offers an uncomplicated dating service. You simply download and open the application onto your mobile device. After the program is downloaded, you choose a profile name, upload a photo of yourself and answer a couple of questions. When you are ready, sign into the application. As a GPS location-based service app, Grindr will locate other users in your area, as your next date may be standing only a few feet away from you.
Grindr versus Other Dating Applications
Unlike popular online dating services such as Match or eHarmony, one of the benefits of Grindr is convenience and speed: you do not have to email the person you are interested in for over a week and wait for days to set up a date. Users prefer Grindr over other mobile dating applications such as Skout or Tingle, as it claims the most users and offers the biggest dating “pool.” In the 2012 About.com Readers Choice Awards, 74 percent of readers preferred Grindr over these other mobile dating apps. Originally made for the iPhone, Grindr can now be downloaded and used on the iPad, Android and the Blackberry. Additionally, there are plans to have Grindr released as an application for Windows-based mobile phones in the upcoming year.
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Mobile apps make it much easier to find a date and keep up with online dating profiles. The Android platform is on so many mobile phones now that it outnumbers the famed iPhone, so where are all the Android dating apps? The Android Marketplace can be a beast to sift through, with useless apps abound, so we did it for you — here are 6 great dating apps for Android to up your online dating game. Match, eHarmony, myYearbook, and SpeedDate are all on Android as well, so check out the summaries in our iPhone dating apps post!
MiuMeet – Free
MiuMeet is one of the top rated dating and flirting apps in the Android Market. You can chat, flirt, and join groups with people who are near you. The app isn’t too glossy, but reviewers seem to like its simplicity. It could benefit from message alerts and the ability to multi-select to delete messages — and watch out for the cam girls. Download from the Android Market.
- Send messages
- Send photos
- Send your location
- 100% free
- Can access service through miumeet.com
- Connect with people nearby
- GPS enabled
- Quickly create a profile
- Narrow down results by age, gender, location
These days, the stigma of online dating is slowly lifting, and mobile apps have made it even easier to find a date. The iPhone is a great companion for online dating, with most dating sites offering apps that work in tandem with their profiles. Start-ups are even creating dating communities around apps alone. Here are 10 great dating apps for the iPhone to up your online dating game.
Dating DNA Free – Free
Dating DNA is a free dating social network for the iPhone and iPad with a companion website. The app is a stand-out app due to no fees whatsoever, and its compatibility matching techniques akin to popular sites like Match and eHarmony. Download on iTunes.
- Community monitoring weeds out pervs, fakes and frauds.
- NO monthly fees
- Free, 24/7 support via email
- In-depth compatibility matching
- “Compatibility Threshold” – Only those who meet your standards can view your profile.
- Push notification
- At-a-Glance Compatibility Scoring
- At-a-Glance Dating Potential Indicator
- “Match Radar” – GPS enabled for finding nearby Matches when mobile.
- Global – Locate matches in your city or across the globe.
- Any gender and sexual orientation
- Extensive Friends List management
- Email with historical Message Logs
- Multi-touch Photo Viewing
- Optional Myers-Briggs personality profile included
- Can use from your PC or Mac at datingdna.com
- Social Network integration
Crossing the divide between the online world and the real one can be an adventure. Sometimes things go off without a hitch, but there are times when the person you meet is nothing like what they showed you online. There’s buzz building around a new service called Heartbroker, and I wanted to check it out. With so much competition, a dating service that promotes open and honest sharing catches my eye.
Heartbroker is the first and only social matchmaking application that uses feedback from your trusted friends to determine compatibility for potential matches.
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