Grindr, the popular “geosocial networking” i Phone app for gay men, has more than a million users in 180 countries, including Iraq, Iran, and Haiti. ” Sensing my annoyance, he showed me his phone: dozens of little thumbnail pictures of guys, with little blurbs about themselves, organized from top to bottom in order of proximity. “You can find the nearest cruising homosexual with one of those? I’d tried computer-assisted dating only once before, with mixed results, but Grindr seemed so easy—a few taps of my i Phone screen and I was off to the races—that it was impossible to resist. Grindr profile photos fall into four general categories: lazy, earnest, absurd, and sexually suggestive.
Grindr doesn’t just forbid nudity; it also requires a buffer zone, a no-man’s land “one inch above the pubic area.” Nor is it kosher to show your undies, even the waistband, and don’t try to skirt the rules by covering up with a towel or “sheer, or otherwise see-through” clothing.“They’re not asking, they’re not telling, some of them,” announces Palmeri from the Capitol lawn. accuracy has a margin of error of about 1,600 feet, even if it says the nearest guy is only a few hundred feet away—seemingly placing him inside the Pentagon—he’s “just as likely to be a sales clerk at Abercrombie & Fitch as he is an army officer looking for a little don’t ask, don’t tell action,” Triplett concluded.)It didn’t take long for the first Grindr-originated date rape to be reported, when a 15-year-old Vancouver boy was allegedly sexually assaulted by a 54-year-old man whom he’d met up with after chatting on Grindr back in April 2010. The sex part may not have been consensual, but the decision to meet up apparently was.“Instead they’re connecting on a site called Grindr.” Inside the White House she finds “a slew of men” within a few hundred feet, so many that “you can literally scroll through and load more guys, so it seems like inside the White House might actually be a good place to connect! Grindr doesn’t allow guys younger than 17 on the app, but it doesn’t ask for ID, either (just “tap OK to confirm that you are 17 or over” to begin downloading).I stopped to drop each a line to let them know I was in the house (not yet having realized that if I could see them, they could see me).At first, Grindr felt a bit like the neighborhood gay bar, not “the scariest gay bar on earth that is all over the earth,” as blogger Choire Sicha put it.“If you can’t be a gentleman at least be polite,” scolds one.It’s no wonder that with all the commotion some guys are perplexed over how to behave or what to write on Grindr.Under no circumstances is it ever acceptable to come across as eager.I put on my favorite T-shirt, and a few dozen shots later I had my very own fuck-you, lo-res mirror profile photo, the back of my i Phone in the foreground, my pissed-off-looking mug in the background. Rarely have I ever re-written, edited, and re-edited so few words so many times.Lately I’ve noticed an increase in the number of profile pics taken down and replaced with “Photo Under Review.” “Apple has very specific guidelines—no nudity, no profanity. Its logo looks like a cross between a vaudeville mask and something Hannibal Lecter might wear. but found a suitable place to crash for the night thanks to Grindr; the guy who’s new to town and uses Grindr to meet friends.Those are their guidelines which we abide by,” Grindr founder and C. The company’s explanation of the name Grindr strains credulity. Not to mention the irresistible Grindring-on-a-plane stories.