Gay or straight or ‘just friends’ these apps have mateship on a button. The follow up to Blendr, the hit app that allows gay guys to track each other down, Grindr is a dating app for straight folks, but also designed for purely platonic hooks ups based on common interests, says creator Joel Simkhai.
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“Now everyone can try it,” referring to the Grindr for straights.
“It’s much, much deeper than ‘hey, do you want to go on a date?’,” said Simkhai.
“It’s about finding new friends. It is very difficult to meet new people who are interested in the same things you are – Blendr will help solve the problem.”
“It could end up in a date, but the main goal is meeting new people,” he told the Guardian.
The Grindr free app has about 2.6 million downloads worldwide to date, available on iPad, iPhone and Android, BlackBerry platforms, set up by Simkhai who got fed up of how hard it was to meet other gay men.
The average user now spend around 1.5 hours on a day on the app (well with that many people to choose from) and just slightly south of half a million (450K) pictures are exchanged every day. Wow.
Blendr, Simkhai new offering, however, will also have a location edge to it, allowing users exchange info on club, restaurants, bars and to check in to locations and find one another.
“If you’re sitting in the park all on your own there’s really nothing you can do about it – now you can do something about it with Blendr.”
Dating will never be the same again.