Yet their scope and reach in the queer community are hard to overstate.
Since the 2009 launch of Grindr, the first and most ubiquitous of the set, gay dating apps have racked up north of several-dozen million users in some 200 countries (including Cuba! Grindr says that its users average 54 minutes on the app per day.
No need to waste time on long surveys either: just a couple questions and the app will start working its magic for you.
If your last search was anywhere around best gay dating apps or gay dating app, then you’re definitely at right place. However, it’s still hard for a gay to find someone who falls in the same category.
CEO Joel Simkhai told in a recent interview that “millions of Grindr users [were] asking us to figure out what’s going on around them,” so the company decided to start curating culture-minded content.
While it’s still early days, the publication seems to represent an earnest effort to re-envision the Grindr brand. It’s published a buffet of articles, photography, and videos that cater to a variety of identities and interests.
Dating apps for gay men don’t have the greatest reputation.
From Grindr to Scruff, Hornet to Jack’d, the digital platforms are best known for dredging up flakey users, svelte-only fat-shamers, masc-4-masc femme-phobes, and it’s-a-personal-preference racists.
Many people want to participate in social networks, but many people prefer networks set up for people they can relate to. From the proudly professional to the happily hedonistic, there may be something on this list for everyone – or at least everyone who’s a gay man.
Jake Jake calls itself the world’s largest gay professional community. The company reports almost 30,000 members sending two million messages to each other over the past year and attending exclusive real world events together.
Unlike others that discourage independent commercial activity, this site encourages users to advertise their own businesses and directly monetize their involvement with the site.
As you can see by the following short profiles, these sites targeting a demographic with two traits in common (gay men) are all very different.
Just as there’s a wide diversity of gay men in the world, there may well be ample room for a variety of gay male social networking sites – presuming they are able to build sufficient critical mass for monetization and financial viability.