Grindr is a geosocial networking application geared towards gay, bisexual, and bi-curious men. It runs on iOS, Blackberry OS and Android devices. Available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play, Grindr comes in both free and subscription-based versions (Grindr Xtra). The app makes use of the device geolocation, which allows users to locate other men within close proximity. This is accomplished through a user interface that displays a grid of representative pictures of men, arranged from nearest to farthest away. Tapping on a picture will display a brief profile for that user, as well as the option to chat, send pictures, and share one's location. Grindr was launched on March 25, 2009 by Nearby Buddy Finder, LLC. Initially, cautious but positive remarks circulated through the gay blogosphere on sites such as Queerty and Joe My God. Though based in the United States, the app quickly gained worldwide popularity through word of mouth and various media outlets.
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