Grindr-esque Gay Social Networking App Launches in China, Eschews Sex for Common Interests

China's first social networking app for gay men has been launched, ZDNet reports:

ZankReleased last month, Zank looks like a copycat version of the popular  app Jack'd which also targets gay men. However, its founder who goes by the  nickname "Lin Jueding", said when his team developed the app three months ago, it wanted to differentiate the service by placing shared interests and communication as a higher priority–instead of promoting sex.

Available on Apple iTunes and Google Play appstores, Zank attracted over 20,000 subscribers in the first three days after it launched. While this may not be an astronomical number, it is still impressive in terms of user penetration rate, Lin said during a recent speech held in Shenzhen.

Different from the "hook up or shut up" style Jack'd adopts, he said Zank highlights various events organized by its subscribers, individuals or gay organizations on its front page, allowing all users to check the event time and venue. It also lists the organizer's particulars such as picture, height, and weight. Interested users can sign up for the events through the app or  chat with each other online.

More at ZDNet

Comments

  1. Hey Darlin' says

    I think it’s great to offer community/social apps. Not everyone is only interested in “hooking up”.

  2. Drew says

    Not like Jack’d or Grindr are explicitly about hooking up either. Give gay men a forum and we will find our way into each other’s pants.

  3. Drew says

    Not like Jack’d or Grindr are explicitly about hooking up either. Give gay men a forum and we will find our way into each other’s pants.

  4. simon says

    I still don’t understand what’s that for. If they are interested in playing chess, they can join a chess club.

  5. says

    I agree with Drew. It doesn’t matter how you intend for these social apps to be used, people will find a way to use it for sex. Grindr tried to do this in it’s beginnings then I guess they realized as long as people downloaded the app it didn’t really matter. The straight equivalent apps tend to be more straight forward about what they are meant for.

  6. David Hearne says

    Sorry, but the idea of Chinese grindr is hilarious to me. It’s like watching Joy Luck CLub. Interchangeable parts.