Straight version of gay hook-up app Grindr released today

If you are not a gay man, or don't have a friend who is a gay man who openly discusses his sex life, you might not have heard of Grindr, the phone app that presents fellow users in order of physical distance and allows you to chat with them, send them pictures, and eventually meet up for casual sex. (Some people say they only use Grindr to make friends. These people are liars.) I myself have it on my phone¹, probably because it feels less weird than Craigslist's casual-encounters section², and I've often shown it off to my straight friends. Every single one has the same two reactions: one, it's too bad there's no straight version of that, and two, a straight version would never work.

Well, now we have a chance to find out if they were all right, because the people behind Grindr have just released Blendr, the heterosexual version with an infinitely unsexier name. Here's a quick rundown of all the things you can do with the app:

People can send quick messages to one another through the application, and they can use it to post status messages on Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare, if they choose. The application also offers a check-in feature so that users can broadcast their location to others using the app when they are at a concert or coffee shop.

But the application also incorporates several privacy features so that users can decide who sees them and when. The application doesn’t show an exact location, just a rough estimate of how far away a user is — such as 25 or 300 feet. In addition, the app offers several ways to control who can see your profile. For example, 25-year-old women using the app who decide they want to meet only 25-year-old men can adjust their settings appropriately so their profile is only visible to that group.

I have no idea if Grindr can do these things, however, because I don't pretend I have the app on my phone to facilitate Twitter updating or connect with other jai alai enthusiasts or whatever. Help me out, straight readers: do you think this can become a big hit?

¹Once I saw a family member on there. It was an unfortunate moment.

²I bet it's just as serial killer-y, though.

Commentarium (20 Comments)

Sep 08 11 - 4:12pm

I expect to see a sausage stampede every time a woman pops up on the site.

Sep 08 11 - 4:45pm

Exactly. It might get some interest initially and adventurous women might even try it, but they'll soon get fed up of being grossed out at a rate of 1000 mps (men per second) and leave.

Sep 09 11 - 8:56am

It will be like "running of the bulls"

Sep 08 11 - 4:41pm

Moops is dead on. The gender imbalance will be embarrassing.

Also, come on: Blendr?

Sep 08 11 - 6:13pm

They might have copyright issues. There is a music magazine called Blender.

Sep 09 11 - 2:11am

No shit, Sherlock.

Sep 10 11 - 5:11pm

Not really. It would be a trademark issue and most likely Blendr the APP does not infringe on Blender the Magazine.

Sep 08 11 - 7:54pm

I don't see the difference between the two. They're both going to be 100% male.

Sep 08 11 - 10:13pm
Paul S.

I have thankfully never encountered a family member on Grindr but have had few unexpected hook-ups through it including with a former coach/teacher from my high school earlier this year and met my current boyfriend, who I have been working with for over 2 years and never knew he was gay until we met on Grindr.

Sep 09 11 - 2:37am

My god. If people are looking to get laid, go back to school and sign up for a conservation class.

Sep 09 11 - 10:50am

Mmm yes, save the spotted owl.

Sep 09 11 - 7:59pm

So you're saying, give a hoot, and you won't have to self-pollute?

Sep 09 11 - 9:03am

They should name it "Findher?"

Sep 09 11 - 12:22pm

Is there a rapist or serial killer pop up notification?

Sep 09 11 - 12:24pm

Is there a way a girl can set it so only hot guys she's attracted to can find her? No? Then forget it.

P.S. "Sausage stampede" is quite the visual. Laugh!

Sep 09 11 - 4:11pm

This ain't gonna work.

Sep 20 11 - 12:59am

Contrary to popular belief in the comment section, I think this is gonna catch on in a big way if they can keep it running long enough. Methods of dealing with the "sausage stampede" will get developed and people who wish they had more opportunities to meet people will get what they want.

Nov 20 11 - 1:52pm

Ho ho, who wuodla thunk it, right?

Nov 25 11 - 4:23am

Where do I sign up!!!!
I've been waiting for this!!!!!
I have a friend who is a member on grinder & have been saying
We straights need one of these lol

Aug 04 12 - 5:31pm

im a 40 yr old straight female just looking to meet new black men have basically been single for 2yrs that doesnt mean im desperate just want to meet some nice ppl talk and see where things go