Chinese-made hookup app Momo, beloved of both creepy laowai and entrepreneurial sex workers, has reached 50 million users, Tech in Asia reports.
Momo shows users how far they are from each other and encourages them to send messages in order to make new friends (ie have sex with strangers). The app recently added stickers (the currently in vogue emoticons of the moment) and various other attempts at monetization.
Though I have used Momo myself (what kind of creepy laowai would I be otherwise), I’ve never had any sort of encounter go beyond vague instant message flirting. A quick survey of the office seems to indicate that my male colleagues have similar experience, or lack thereof (no female colleague uses the app, they get enough unsolicited dick pics through WeChat). My colleague Patrick Lozada did once have a girl initiate a conversation with the killer pick-up line “You mixed?” though, so that’s something.