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It Happened on Grindr

Posted on October 30, 2012 by Grindr Team

Over the years, we've heard hundreds of funny, romantic and inspirational stories about the impact Grindr has had in our users' lives.

Do you have a great, safe-for-work Grindr story that you'd like to share with the world? Maybe you met the love of your life or a lifelong friend, or maybe you used Grindr to navigate the most epic vacation of all time. We want to hear the details!

If you have a story that fits the bill, send it in 500 words or fewer, along with a copy of your Grindr profile pic, to promotion@grindr.com. The best safe-for-work stories will be published on our Facebook page.

We're ready to hear your tales, so bring 'em on, Grindr guys!


Gay Pride in Serbia Banned: Let’s Do Something About It

Posted on October 29, 2012 by Grindr Team

The Eastern European country of Serbia’s prime minister, Ivica Dačić, announced a few weeks ago that he would be banning the 2012 Pride march in the Serbian capital of Belgrade, which is also the biggest city in the country.

Dačić claimed that there had been paramilitary threats to the public order if the Pride march were given the go-ahead. According to press reports, however, in banning the Pride march, Dačić was giving in to pressure from right-wing groups and the Serbian Orthodox church.

As a result of Dačić’s declaration, Serbia’s LGBT citizens and their supporters will be denied their right to express themselves and to assemble.

So what can we do about this blatant act of discrimination against our gay Serbian friends? Well, for one, we can send an email to Prime Minister Ivica Dačić at kabinetpremijera@gov.rs letting him know that he’s really made the wrong choice. Feel free to create a message in your own words or simply copy/paste the text below to include in your email:

Dear Prime Minister,
I’m very concerned about the Serbian government’s banning of the 2012 Belgrade Pride march. Denying the rights of LGBT individuals and their supporters to freely express themselves and peaceably assemble is a violation of Serbia’s international obligations, as well as an insult to the proud gay citizens of Serbia. The law states that as the Prime Minister, you should have taken the necessary measures well in advance of the Pride march to ensure that the event was held without obstruction or hindrance.
I ask that you work with gay and lesbian Serbians to ensure they are safe during celebrations and everyday activities.
Thank you.


For more information, check out Amnesty International’s Web page about the Serbian Pride ban.


Message Received: We Heard You Loud and Clear

Posted on October 25, 2012 by Grindr Team

Maybe you’ve recently noticed that you’re consistently getting all your chat messages … in real time. Here at Grindr, we’ve definitely been paying attention; we’ve received all your messages about chats that have been delayed, and we’ve heard you loud and clear.

We’ve been working hard on the app to take care of this problem and to make sure your messages are being delivered on time. On October 2, we completed some serious improvements to our chat service. We’re glad to say we’ve stabilized the chat experience by moving our chat service over to different servers.

So the point is this: We got your message, and we heard you loud and clear. We’ve made changes. Serious changes. Behind the scenes, we’re always working to make improvements that’ll provide you with the best Grindr experience possible. We’re also continuing to work on the new Grindr and are looking forward to rolling it out worldwide soon.

In order to make sure you’re able to take advantage of all the great improvements we've made, make sure you’re running the most recent version of Grindr (1.8.5).

You, our valued users, are the heart of our app. Thanks for being loyal Grindr guys and for helping us get chat right. Message received. Chat away!


#SpiritDay Against Bullying on Grindr

Posted on October 18, 2012 by Grindr Team

As we all know, bullying is a problem that's reached widespread proportions.

Tomorrow, October 19, Grindr is partnering with GLAAD and hundreds of organizations, celebrities and landmarks to take a stand against bullying by taking part in Spirit Day. Are you on board to help? It's easy: All you have to do is open your Grindr account and update your profile name to #SpiritDay. Use all or part of your profile to share a brief personal message against bullying and wear purple tomorrow.

Email a screenshot of your #SpiritDay Grindr profile to promotion@grindr.com with "#SpiritDay" in the subject field, and we'll post all submissions in a special Spirit Day photo album on our Facebook page.

For more details on how to participate in Spirit Day, check out the official Spirit Day website, where you can turn your Facebook and Twitter profiles purple and share photos to Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #SpiritDay.

End bullying! To automatically donate $5, text PURPLE to 80888. You’ll be supporting the important work GLAAD, GLSEN and the Trevor Project do every day. For more information, check out GLAAD.org/TextPurple.


Grindr Sets Records

Posted on October 2, 2012 by Grindr Team

Here at Grindr HQ, we’re pretty sure you guys have noticed how wide-ranging and popular the app has gotten. We’ve noticed too -- our tech people have been keeping track of usage trends and metrics and other number-related data that sound really fancy and scientific.

So we had some interesting recent stats that our techies handed us, and we thought we’d pick the best and quickly share them with you. So without further adieu…

Last weekend, almost 1.6 million of our 4.5 million total global users logged into Grindr at least once. Those numbers were recorded between Sept. 28 and Sept. 30, 2012.

During that time, these were the top three countries with the most Grindr users:
1. United States: 609,062
2. United Kingdom: 211,175
3. France: 109,094

And the top three Grindr cities in the U.S. were:
1. New York: 116,696
2. Los Angeles: 54,527
3. San Francisco: 47,063

Sunday (starting Saturday at midnight Pacific time) was the busiest night/day of the week for Grindr guys across the globe, with our users sending a record-setting 37,435,829 messages on Grindr worldwide. All that in one day’s time! The maximum number of users chatting on Grindr at the same time was 108,568.

Nearly 1.6 million guys on a single weekend? More than 37 million messages in a single day? That’s a whole lot of Grinding! You guys are all part of a huge movement – a worldwide community – and we hope these numbers give you an idea of how big of a thing it is that you’re a part of. Be proud, and keep chatting one another up, Grindr guys.