Grindr turns 10, 5 things you didn't know about the gay dating app

Grindr turns 10, 5 things you didn't know about the gay dating app

The world's most popular gay dating app celebrates birthday. Figures, curiosities and controversies


When it appeared in the app store of Apple, at the end of March March 2009, had not yet come outiPhone 3Gs. The app store itself was less than a year old. There were no apps like Instagram, Snapchat is Tinder. And Grindr was the first dating app that used the proximity sensor to search for a partner. The fact that it addressed the gay audience was a negligible detail, as it would pave the way for hundreds of other similar apps for all orientations and lifestyles.

They have passed since then 10 years and in the meantime Grindr has ringed a lot of numbers and curiosities, while imposing – difficult to deny it – a revolution in the search for love and its derivatives: no longer people selected on the basis (only) of their tastes, but partners made more interesting from geographical proximity and from the first impression of a photo, usually accompanied by a few text characters, when not emojis rendered in their most ironic or explicit meaning. Here are 5 things to know about the app that changed the dating rules.

1. 27 million

According to data collected by the international press, Grindr has among the 27 and 30 million users of which 4 million daily usersfrom around 200 countries. In practice used everywhere: as told in an interview with Wired, in 2012, its founder Joel Simkhai: Whether you're in a big city or in the open countryside, turn on Grindr and you can chat with other people like you. This allows for an infinite number of possibilities: I have heard stories of guys who have met their great love with Grindr or simply a group of friends to hang out with. Grindr is making communication between men easier. And that's exactly what we wanted when we created it".

2. Near China

Between 2016 and 2018, the Grindr platform was completely acquired by the Chinese group Kunlun for 214 million euros, and Joel Simkhai left the company. But according to Reuters the group is already fed up and is trying to sell Grindr, after the United States government has raised concerns: United States Foreign Investment Commission (CFIUS) informed Kunlun that the ownership of Grindr poses a national security risk. US senators Edward Markey is Richard Blumenthal they even sent a letter to the leaders of Grindr last year asking them how they intend to protect user privacy under the new Chinese owner. Lapp in fact collects personal information sent by its users, including the position, messages, and in some cases even the state of health (starting from the last HIV test).

3. Chen's version

But the privacy issue is not the only nuisance for Grindr's Chinese property. In November last year, there was controversy after the new CEO of Grindr, Scott Chen, heterosexual and married (with offspring), had written on Facebook that the marriage is a sacred bond between a man and a woman. Words that, as expected, were not liked by the Lgbtq + community, forcing Chen to remove the post and explain that I have been a big advocate for Lgbtq + rights since I was young. I support gay marriage and am proud to be able to work for Grindr.

4. News

Among the news recently introduced by Grindr there is the possibility of publish multiple photosinstead of just one: just click on edit profile and upload photos (up to 5). To view them, however, just a tap on the main photo. If a user has extra photos, this can be seen from the presence of a dotted line at the top. In recent years, the racial issue has also become pressing, prompting lapp to change its own guidelines. Now anyone who uses racist or dehumanizing language on their profile can be reported and removed. Not only that: to stem the worrying phenomenon of chem-sex, Grindr's guidelines also prohibit mentions or photos of drugs and drug-related tools, including through emojis (especially diamonds, ed).

5. Tele Grindr

Grindr perhaps the only dating app that has also generated a web series: The Grindr Guide (2013). And extensive references to Grindr's use are also found in Cucumber, the British cult series by Russell T Davies (already creator of Queer as Folk he was born in Doctor Who) and in the upcoming BBC production, The Barking Murder, which tells the story of the serial killer who killed 4 young gay men between 2014 and 2015, known through the app. But in this case Grindr totally blameless: only the umpteenth means used by a "monster" to find its victims.


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