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Gay Dating App "Mister" Reboots To Buck Online Dating Trends

Mister App

In the sea of mobile dating apps that are little more than palette-swaps of each other, Mister was more of the same when it launched in December 2011. Since then, CEO Carl Sandler had the app overhauled and relaunched for the purpose of changing the way gay men treat and think about online dating. Ironically, Sandler's goal in improving the app was to get people to spend less time using it. In an interview for a piece on the Wall Street Journal he said,

"People felt mobile dating wasn’t for them..We wanted to create a place that’s different and feels different…[an app] that compliments our lives instead of taking over...We built Mister with the goal of getting people off the app and meeting in the real world."

Mister has over 1 million registered users who have agreed to the app's Code of Ethics, and Carl has a regular advice column over at The Huffington Post.

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  1. "...[an app] that compliments our lives."

    Unintentionally hilarious misspelling.

    Posted by: Rob Tisinai | Jul 24, 2013 10:47:19 AM

  2. I have yet to see how this "app" is going to be distinct, once it reaches critical mass among a locale it's just going to be the same people using the same 3-4 apps with headless torso pics and declarations of intent...oh right a code of ethics....yawn

    Posted by: Epic | Jul 24, 2013 2:16:12 PM

  3. Kind of funny when you look at an article like this one and see a picture of one of your friends used as an illustration. (waves and says hi)

    Posted by: sfbob | Jul 24, 2013 2:56:26 PM

  4. Shouldn't it be called "MISTR", to keep in step with the trend of omitting the "E" from names, a la "TUMBLR", "FLICKR", "GRINDR", and "GROWLR"?

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Jul 24, 2013 3:33:05 PM

  5. They used the biggest (and loosest) A-hole for the cover image. Hilarious.

    Posted by: SFTrainer | Jul 24, 2013 5:26:01 PM

  6. I think a lot of guys are really over these types of apps, as stated same guys using all same apps wasting a lot of time. If single gay guys looking for something more rewarding like actually having a conversation with other like minded guys (not Sup, pics?) as a conversation starter ... then check out our new Partner Matching Site - Http://

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