Introducing the Straight Version of Grindr

It's called Blendr. It's designed by the same sexual revolutionary who created Grindr, but there's less emphasis on random sex. It matches people based on location as well as interests. And it's going to become a honey-trap for straight politicians. 

Also, who does "Lance" think he's fooling?  


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  1. Is it me, or do all the men have gay face?

    Posted by: Angela Channing | Sep 11, 2011 1:50:49 PM

  2. Male to female ratio = 100:1

    Posted by: nodnarb | Sep 11, 2011 1:54:13 PM

  3. No Angela, it's not just you.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Sep 11, 2011 2:08:09 PM

  4. I don't know why, but "Damien" kinda reminds me of a mug shot.

    Posted by: Chris K | Sep 11, 2011 2:18:14 PM

  5. Straight? Then, why are Whitney and Jasmine messaging?

    Posted by: Tessie Tura | Sep 11, 2011 2:21:30 PM

  6. This version is ill-conceived. It should work so only men appear on a woman's blendr screen and vice versa. The way it is now, the male to female ratio will be too great and no one is going to use it. Also, Grindr doesn't really put an emphasis on random sex. I have found that more often than not, people on Grindr are looking for chat, friends, or dates over a random hook up. I mean, that's there too, but it is much MUCH more innocent compared to the hook up sites out there.

    Posted by: Asm | Sep 11, 2011 2:21:39 PM

  7. Is that a penis in the front Lee's picture?

    Posted by: frank o'file | Sep 11, 2011 2:23:26 PM

  8. When I typed my comment, the upper half of the pic was scrolled off my screen. Evidently there's a whole lotta messagin' goin' on, period.

    Posted by: Tessie Tura | Sep 11, 2011 2:24:24 PM

  9. Way to dillute your brand.

    Posted by: Karl | Sep 11, 2011 2:37:32 PM

  10. Why do straights always copy what gays have done, then turn around and hate 'teh geh' ???

    Posted by: Carl | Sep 11, 2011 3:14:12 PM

  11. How about one called Shreddr for gay Repub politicians?

    Posted by: Hysterical Record | Sep 11, 2011 3:22:18 PM

  12. will still be used by dudes for dudes

    Posted by: flucht17 | Sep 11, 2011 3:31:02 PM

  13. So, to get our critical thinking skills in order: why does the gay version base itself in random, unconnected sexual encounters? Is it really bc we would rather have sex or is it bc we have so muc shame we don't look for true intimacy and instead blame our aversion to authentic connection on biology? Hmmm... Maybe this has something to do with the amount of alcohol being pushed in gay culture and other limiting aspects of the culture as internalized shame.

    Posted by: Haga | Sep 11, 2011 4:44:52 PM

  14. I'm not entirely happy with the founder of Grindr and Blender. There appears to be a a homophobia in his way of thinking. Firstly, he has segregated the two sites. It's as if the two sites are the South African apartheid version of human relationships.

    Secondly, the impression given is that same-sex relations between men are only based on sex acts. It's an offensive assumption. While I agree that men are more sexually driven than women, it's offensive to market to it. It plays right into the hands of the Religious Right.

    At the end of the day, the founder of Grindr and Blender seems to be making money by marketing assumptions that are offensive and ultimately counter-productive to our rights.

    Posted by: jason | Sep 11, 2011 4:59:04 PM

  15. @Jason: do you know anyone who uses Grindr for anything other than hookups? BTW, it's just a tool. Not a declaration of gay ethics & behavior.

    Posted by: Vince | Sep 11, 2011 6:54:02 PM

  16. Grindr is good for one thing, and that is the Douchebags of Grindr. Looking at that site always makes me feel good about myself.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Sep 11, 2011 7:41:12 PM

  17. @Vince. I don't know what city you're in, but in Pittsburgh, a lot of the fellas are looking for more than just hookups. I've had several dates, met the gaybors and made several friends through the app. The opportunity for hookups is definitely there, but there's far more.

    Posted by: BEAHBEAH | Sep 11, 2011 8:00:37 PM

  18. Blendr is actually not a "straight" version of Grindr. The technology is mostly the same, but the idea is different. It's an everybody app, including straights and gays.

    As a new product, it can be launched differently, it doesn't need to be under an umbrella of Grindr. It would confuse the consumer, so it needed to be established apart. Many companies have separate brands. (Gap/Banana Republic/Old Navy).

    I actually welcome blendr as an innovative technology meant to try social networking in a new way. It's a complement to the social networking industry.

    Posted by: newcityspot | Sep 11, 2011 11:33:00 PM

  19. It seems that there are a lot of assumptions being made both in the main post and in the comments.
    Grindr is marketed as an app to enable gay, bi or curious men "to chat and meet."
    Blendr is marketed as a place for PEOPLE to socialize, whether to ask for a recommendation for a restaurant, make friends while on vacation, or suggest to a stranger to come skydiving (to use some of their examples).
    There's no suggestion that it's for straight people (you can choose to leave "orientation" blank in the profile or choose to check whether you're gay, straight or bi if you wish).
    The way it's marketed does not appear to lean toward dating or straight people or opposite sexes at all.
    Following their guidelines, someone like, say, "Kyle" might well use it to ask a question like: "My wife and I can't go to the symphony tonight; could anyone else use our complementary tickets?"
    ...And then "Lance" might respond, "Yeah man, I'm at Starbucks 20 feet away from you; we'll be glad to take them!"

    There's nothing suggesting straight people wouldn't contact other people of their own sex or that "Lance" is "fooling" about anything.

    Posted by: GregV | Sep 12, 2011 12:22:10 AM

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