Grindr Craze Grows at Rapid Pace, Reaches Landmark 500,000th Member, Changes Landscape of Social Networking

Feb 25, 2010, 15:14 ET from Grindr

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Grindr, the largest all-male mobile location-based networking service reached its landmark 500,000th member. Since this innovative social networking application launched in early 2009, nearly 2,000 new users have been signing up daily. With numbers like that, it's clear that the Grindr craze has undeniably changed the game of social networking for gay and bisexual men around the world.

Grindr's extraordinary growth is as revolutionary as the app itself.  Not only has it offered guys a new avenue for meeting up with old friends, it has also made it easier and faster for them to make new ones.  As a result, users are raving about Grindr's free membership, simple interface and privacy feature that allows them to share only the information they choose.

"Grindr's growth has come from one source -- our users," says Joel Simkhai, Grindr's founder and CEO. "Grindr users are telling their friends about Grindr, they are blogging and Twittering about Grindr, and posting their success stories on their Facebook status updates."

The app, which runs on iPhone and iPod touch, uses location-based technology to deliver users' profiles, photos, and information within seconds. Because of the ease of access, Grindr users just can't seem to get enough of the app.  An unprecedented 30% of users check their Grindr daily; 44% check their accounts weekly.

Simkhai adds, "We've been amazed with not only our growth but also by how engaged Grindr users are. A large number of users launch Grindr hourly and daily.  Some guys leave it open for several hours a day."

Moreover, 54% of Grindr users are based in the United States, 17% in the United Kingdom, and 9% in Australia.  France and Japan take the fourth and fifth top spots respectively.

For Grindr users who want even more access —there is now a premium (extra) version for only $2.99 a month.  Grindr X(tra) allows users to view up to 200 guys, it's banner ad free and uses Push Notification.  Grindr and Grindr X(tra) will soon be available for BlackBerry and other platforms.

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