This article was published on September 18th, 2013
Gay men love geo-location apps for their smartphones and tablets. They are the go-to source for finding other gay men nearby. But how do you know which one is right for you or going to serve you best. Here’s a quick run-down of the top gay geo-location based apps.
Hornet: A great app to chat with quality guys who are serious. Most of the guys on Hornet are interested in building a true connection, having real conversations, and are less likely to be looking for an instant hook-up. This app is awesome because you can narrow your search by age, ethnicity and more. You can also swipe through profiles, see multiple photos, and get a plethora of details about the individual from a free account. Users can favourite other users and can block an unlimited amount of other users. While Hornet has less registered members than its major competitor, the guys are of higher long-term friendship/relationship quality, and there’s a greater change of developing a meaningful connection. Not only that, you can use the map feature to search people in any city – which is awesome if you want to re-connect with someone you met in a previous city and forgot to favourite, or pre-connect with people in an area you might be traveling to.
Grindr: Wham. Bam. Thank you sir! Grindr is the ultimate hook-up app for any gay man. They easily have the highest number of users for a gay geo-location app. Because of it’s wide-use, it’s very easy to meet other guys. Sadly, there are a lot of guys who have incomplete profiles and there’s high probability that you’ll be deceived because of the crap photos people post and share. It’s because most of the users of this app are either closeted gays or they are just looking for a random hook-up. Users can pay to upgrade to an account with unlimited blocks (free accounts get a maximum of 10 blocks per day, which is pretty much used up in less than a minute of being online), can swipe through profiles, and send up to five photos at a time. Grindr has a notorious reputation for having its servers go offline or requiring users to uninstall the app / clear their blocked users list to regain full functionality. It’s great if your visiting a city and want to meet a local for advice for good nightlife, things to do, or for a hook-up.
GuySpy: A good, underused app by the gay community. When geo-location based apps were first becoming popular GuySpy was busy developing a user experience that was far superior to its competition, the trouble is, it just didn’t catch on. It’s too bad because this app was leading-edge with photo, audio, and video sharing! GuySpy does have a huge user-base, but generally speaking most of the guys are legitimate and looking for a real connection. They’ve also been a proud supporter at many LGBT events across North America.
Scruff: Woof! An awesome app for men who like men. This app is designed for guys who are like other muscle, scruff, and masculine men, for a casual encounter, friendship, or LTR. It’s very user friendly. Most guys have a full profile and are willing to share other details about themselves. They are very personable and will tend to share early-on their specific interests. Being a niche target audience, don’t be offended if someone isn’t into you; these guys know what they like and don’t like, and they are pretty upfront about it.
While there are lots of other geo-location based apps for gay men, like Adam4Adam, these are just a few. Which are your favourites? Which ones frustrate the hell out of you? Are there any you recommend over the others? Leave a comment on this post and share your thoughts.