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“Grindr for Equality” Needs You!

Posted on February 23, 2012 by Grindr Team

We are very excited to announce the official launch of Grindr for Equality, a social movement that unites our worldwide community of over 3 million guys around GLBT issues. The power of Grindr for Equality to spur action across the globe has already been proven with several initiatives around the most significant recent recents in the GLBT community.



In light of the appeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell," we launched a national broadcast message welcoming in-the-closet service members to Grindr with a link to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network’s contribution page. We used geo-targeted messaging to keep our users aware and active around the overturning of Proposition 8 in California and the passage of marriage equality in New York.  In one of our largest victories, a petition denouncing St. Petersburg, Russia's ban on 'gay propaganda' was circulated through a broadcast message that resulted in more than 57,000 clicks!


Grindr for Equality invites all of you to become on-the-ground activists for your own local GLBT communities by driving awareness and activity around the issues that matter to you! Submit tips, news and issues pertaining your community – local and beyond – and utilize the strength of the larger Grindr community help you in your fights. Submissions can be sent via email to equality@grindr.com or visit www.grindr4equality.com for additional information.

Mandatory Grindr and Grindr Xtra Update for iOS, Android & BlackBerry

Posted on February 10, 2012 by Grindr Team

IMPORTANT! All users must update TODAY (February 15th) to continue using Grindr and Grindr Xtra without interruption. Prior versions will no longer work.

To update, visit:
iTunes App Store - Grindr Xtra 1.7.4 for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch)
iTunes App Store - Grindr 1.7.4 iOS for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch)
Android Market - Grindr & Grindr Xtra 1.2.5 for Android
BlackBerry App World - Grindr Xtra 1.1.8 for BlackBerry

We're happy to announce that the latest version of Grindr and Grindr Xtra is available now on all platforms – iOS, Android, and BlackBerry - with crucial security enhancements, better compatibility, and improved performance for all users, plus two exciting new features exclusive to Xtra subscribers. This is a mandatory update for everyone, so we ask that all users take a moment to update as soon as possible!

This version is compatible with devices running Android Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) and BlackBerry OS 7.  We've been working hard to offer greater compatibility and we're pleased to now be able to bring Grindr to even more guys using the latest Android, BlackBerry and iOS devices!

Grindr Xtra users on all platforms will also enjoy some exciting new features with this update. With Xtra, you can now load 300 guys at a time and take advantage of the new Online Only view, which filters your results to only show guys who are online currently. Meet more guys faster and chat with them in real-time!

Again, this is a mandatory update for all users on all platforms, so please be sure to update now and avoid any interruptions in your Grindr experience.  Thanks to all our amazing Grindr guys around the world; your support makes all this possible!


Xtra Love for Valentine’s Day

Posted on February 9, 2012 by Grindr Team

Treat yourself to some Xtra love this Valentine's Day! Upgrade to Grindr Xtra to take advantage of 2 new exclusive features that are sure to help you find that special guy who can sweep you off your couch and away from the chocolates your mom sent.

Load 300 Guys! Bored of the same guys always showing up in your Grindr 'hood? Grindr Xtra subscribers can now load 300 guys – that's triple the guys you can load with regular Grindr! Load more guys than ever before and widen your scope to discover all the great guys around you.

Online Only View! Don't spend Valentine's Day watching "Drag Race" reruns while waiting for responses from offline guys who may already be miles away. The new Online Only view is already a favorite of Xtra guys and lets you filter your results to show only users who are currently online. Meet more guys faster and chat with them in real-time!

We're always adding new premium features to Grindr Xtra to help you connect with guys near you, and these two will really give your Valentine's Day plans a boost. Upgrade to the Xtra experience now!

iTunes App Store
Android Market
BlackBerry App World


Grindr Takes Home TechCrunch & iDate Awards

Posted on February 1, 2012 by Grindr Team

Yesterday, January 31st, Grindr was named winner of Best Location App for TechCrunch’s Fifth Annual Crunchies Awards. The Crunchies Awards, co-hosted by GigaOm and VentureBeat, recognize and celebrate the most compelling startups, Internet and technology innovations of 2011. Because this particular award depends on your votes, we thank you and all Grindr users for helping us win.

If that wasn’t enough, Grindr was crowned winner of 2012 iDate Awards for Best Mobile Dating App and Best New Technology. The iDate Awards highlight the best and most innovative aspects of the online dating and matchmaking industry. Grindr previously received an iDate Award in 2011 for Best Mobile Dating App.

Joel Simkhai, Grindr’s founder and CEO mentioned, “We want to thank our Grindr community, our three million users from all around the world and our dedicated team, who believe in our product and helped spread the word and voted for the Crunchies and iDate Awards. These awards are not just a huge win for Grindr but represent a huge step forward for the LGBT community considering even five years ago this would not have been possible to be recognized by our peers as a gay company pioneering location-based social networks and mobile dating.”

Upon accepting the Crunchies Award, in conjunction with Scott Lewallen, co-Founder and S.V.P. of Product & Design, Simkhai addressed the crowd, “It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized as an innovator and winner of one of the most prominent technology industry awards. Especially among such major technology and social media heavyweights. It’s gratifying as a bootstrapped start-up to be recognized as the pioneer of location-based social networks, and we look forward to further innovating and delivering the best experience for all of our Grindr users around the world.”