17 December 2018
If we’re living in a world full of dating apps and opportunities to connect with new people 🙋♂️, we really owe it all to Grindr. The world’s first and largest ‘social networking’ (if you know what we mean 😉) platform for gay and bisexual men was launched in 2009 and has since ushered in a whole era of apps designed to help people hook up, and fast ⏰!
In fact, when it comes to casual sex, Grindr still pretty much dominates 👀 over any of its competitors. Sure, Tinder and Bumble have since popped up 🍌, but these are to some extent marketed at lonely singles looking for a relationship 😞. Grindr is about thriving, single guys 🕺—or those in open relationships—who are looking to enjoy their bodies and freedom!
Tapdat thinks the world needs more of this 😍. It’s 2018 after all, why shouldn’t people shamelessly enjoy a casual hookup every now and again? Here are 5 ways that Tapdat is different from Grindr.
This is easily the most obvious difference. Grindr is still king 👑 for men who like men 👨❤️💋👨 and likely will remain so, but we think that ladies and heterosexual guys could use an app that delivers this same sex-positive ethos 💃! Of course, we welcome people of any sexuality or gender and think our platform can offer gay men everything Grindr can and more. We just think other people could particularly use a hand enjoying their sexuality as much as Grindr users do 👌!
Grindr popularised the idea of making your sexual preferences clear from the get-go in your profile 😛, admittedly out of necessity on occasion—imagine the awkwardness of showing up to a booty call 🍑 only to find out that you’re both 🔝. We decided to make this an integral part of our app, giving users the chance to select what they’re into between the sheets 🛌 when they sign up so there are no nasty surprises 😬!
Although Grindr is the daddy 🧔 (pun heavily intended) of all hookup apps, it’s attracted a pretty bad reputation for its highly image-conscious culture 💄, making users who don’t fit a particular idealised body type feel insecure and unwelcome ✋. Tapdat aims to be the hookup app for everyone 👫. Whether you’ve never had a casual encounter before or you’re considered a bit of a lothario 😎, you’ll be able to find someone to enjoy yourself with. People of every gender, shape and size should be able to shamelessly get their needs fulfilled!
Arguably Grindr’s biggest controversy happened in April 2018, when it was discovered that the company had been sharing its users information—including their HIV status and location—with third parties 😮. This was akin to Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, but on a much more personal level. Many gay men felt they had been betrayed 🤬 by one of the community’s most widely-used platforms 🏳️🌈. While we’re all about breaking the stigma of casual sex, the right to privacy 🙅♂️ is fundamental to Tapdat’s ethos .
Another of Grindr’s downsides is its users tendency to include an aversion to certain groups. The platform only recently banned the phrase “No fats, no fems, no Asians”, for example 😲. As we’ve mentioned, not everyone who wants to use hookup apps has had a casual encounter before. Your first time can be intimidating, even scary 😵. That’s why it’s really important to cultivate a culture where users feels safe and respected, so they can focus on enjoying themselves 👍!
Ever been jealous of gay men being able to find a hookup in minutes on Grindr 📱? Experience the exact same thing with Tapdat!