Grindr is a hugely successful location-based dating app handy for gay men looking to meet up with someone close by. But what about straight, single gals (and guys)? Enter Blendr, a sister app (for lack of a better term).
The concept is the same: Check your smartphone to see which straight men are nearby and want to meet up. But founder Joel Simkhai says Blendr is less about sex than Grindr is reputed to be.
“It’s not the same as Grindr. It is similar to Grindr in that it’s a community based on interests. But while that was based on one interest – being gay – this is based on lots of interests,” he told the Guardian. “It could end up in a date, but the main goal is meeting new people.”
Hmmm. Okay. We’d have to see the app in the wild to comment on that. Still, Blendr requires users to fill in hobbies, whereas Grinder doesn’t. But it’s still useful at bars — users can see which other Blendr users have checked in at a particular location, similar to Foursquare. Simkhai is quick to point out that Blendr has more benign uses too:
“This is about seeing who’s about in the real world in real time. Whether you’re on the bus, in the checkout line or having a lunch break on your own you can meet new people,” he said. “If you’re sitting in the park all on your own there’s really nothing you can do about it – now you can do something about it with Blendr.”
Any way you slice it, it’s nice when dating apps are equal opportunity! Blendr is free to download, as is Grindr.
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