Grindr, the gaydar-in-your-pocket mobile app that’s taken the international gay community by storm is now back online in China after an extended period of being blocked by the Great Firewall.
The way it works is simple — you turn on the app on your iPhone, it identifies your physical location, and in just a matter of seconds, profiles of other gay men will start appearing on your screen, starting from those closest to you. And you’ll be able to chat with any of them instantaneously. It’s like magic! Only better!
News of the unblocking has created limited excitement, however, among members of the Chinese gay community as they’ve since moved on to the multitude of Grindr clones that have appeared like a thousand flowers blooming.
Nobody knows exactly why Grindr was the only gay geosocial dating app to be blocked by China — it’s possible that as the first of many such apps, it was the first to appear on the Net Nanny’s radar. Well now that her royal highness has changed her mind about blocking Grindr, nobody’s really complaining either.
Grindr recently announced it crossed 2 million users in 192 countries (including, we assume, the Vatican City). Now that the world’s most populous nation of homos is able to freely access Grindr, it’s safe to assume they’ll reach their third million in no time.
1. For those of you wondering, other popular gay geosocial dating apps in China are Jack’d and BoyAhoy.
2. And for those of you wishing there were similar apps for heteros, you’ll be glad to know they already exist! Try Skout, or Flurv!