Grindr Gets a Facelift
If you’re a Grindr user and tired of app’s look, feel and features, then you’re in some luck: Officials from the popular gay hook up app announced Wednesday that they’ve released a new update that will fix all your Grindr woes.
According to Tech Crunch, the update puts Grindr through a number of significant changes, including the new feature called "Tribes," which allows users to categorize themselves into subgroups of the LGBT community. Men can label themselves as a bear, clean-cut, a daddy, discrete, geek, jock, leather, otter, poz, rugged, trans and twink.
Grindr founder Joel Simkhai discussed these features in an interview with EDGE last year.
"There are lots of different types of gay men," he said. "There are bears, there are daddies, there are twinks. There are all these sub-communities within our gay community. So we’re going to allow you to select yourself of one of 12 communities, including HIV positive," he continued. "The idea is if you’re looking to meet someone who is HIV positive, you can now do that and search for that person. We are very excited for that, and it’s going to make a big, big difference."
As Tech Crunch reports, those who use the free version of Grindr, which also has a new logo, can only identify with just one "tribe," where as those who pay for Grindr Xtra can include up to three tribes on their yellow glowing profile.
"Now there are so many guys, people would rather spend their time finding what they’re really looking for," Simkhai said, according to Tech Crunch.
Another new feature is called "filters," allowing users to "view a feed based on their own specific interests," Tech Crunch writes. These filters include age, height, weight, ethnicity and more. But users who don’t pay for Grindr will only be able to access three filters while guys with Xtra can use as many filters as they want.