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    Stephen Fry talking about the Grindr app on Top Gear. Photograph: screengrab/BBC
    The phenomenal success of a phone application that allows cruising gay men to locate one another instantly using GPS technology has led to plans for the release of a straight version by the end of the year.

    The app, Grindr, which promises to help users "Find gay, bi, curious guys for free near you!", launched in March 2009. It enjoyed a modest uptake in the UK until Stephen Fry showed it to Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear, prompting 40,000 men to download the free iPhone app in a week.

    There are now more than 700,000 men in 162 countries using it, with 2,000 downloading it every day. A Blackberry-friendly version was launched last month.
    Users see a grid displaying photos of men and their proximity to them. If you like the look of someone, you can exchange flirty messages before meeting up immediately.

    One fan of the app told the Observer: "I've probably had as much [sex] in the past eight months of Grinding as I have over the 20 years since I came out."
    Grindr is the brainchild of Joel Simkhai, a 33-year-old American international relations and economics graduate who worked in finance in his twenties.

    It took him six months and $5,000 to build Grindr, with the help of a Danish app developer and a friend who was an expert in branding, marketing and design. It's about "finding guys. Being among your peers. Socialising," he said.
    The rapid success of Grindr is prompting Simkhai to launch a straight version. "This notion of: 'Who is around me? Who is in this room now? Who else is like me?' – this is not just a gay thing. Gay men don't have the monopoly on loneliness and isolation."
    He says he gets more requests for this from women than from straight men. "I do think it will be relevant for women," he said. "We'll redesign it; we'll call it something different, market it differently."


    Simkhai said that Grindr was a way of getting round the problems with online dating. "With missed connections and back and forth, and: 'Oh actually, this week I'm in New York, and you're in LA...' Online dating is frustrating! It is a lot of work!"
    With Grindr, you see someone's picture, you meet immediately and you establish whether there is a mutual attraction.
    Simkhai said: "Grindr reintroduces the aspect of chemistry. And it's real. It is not a Second Life. It is not a virtual world. It's a tool. It enables real life, it doesn't replace it."
    He added: "It's a precursor to sex... We think sex is part of life, the basis of life. But Grindr is sexiness rather than sex."

    But some gay men have reservations about the app. Matthew Todd, editor of gay lifestyle magazine Attitude, said: "The commercial gay world – which Grindr is part of – is a very adult, very sexual world. And I worry when I see these young kids coming out on to the gay scene, and everything is about sex. There's no real concept of relationships."

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    And how long before Spam and scammers lock onto this application too.

    So instead of a free root, you get directed to a shop to buy something ?

    When bluetooth first came out, they suggested it would be used like this.

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    I have a theory that perhaps some so called "gay" men only go that way because they are sex maniacs. This adds weight......

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    Perhaps it's my age but I read about these fads and wonder just why people would feel it necessary to be seduced by them. In this particular case why on earth would homosexuals need to get online etc to meet others of their ilk when there is a public toilet nearly everywhere they are likely to be?

    Cottaging is the term I believe and seemed to be quite popular among the deviant.

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    Can we have a Thai girl version ASAP please, as in the nearest hot Thai lady who's up for some....

    Me wants!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiamLovinIt
    The app, Grindr, which promises to help users "Find gay, bi, curious guys for free near you!", launched in March 2009.
    I hear it comes installed as standard on new iPhones now.

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    What episode was S Fry on Top Gear?

    He drove a taxi around USA but not necessarily quickly, and also managed to break an arm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiamLovinIt
    Users see a grid displaying photos of men and their proximity to them. If you like the look of someone, you can exchange flirty messages before meeting up immediately.
    Sounds like a great way to find poofs and beat the crap out of 'em...

    (only joking )

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegent
    Cottaging is the term I believe and seemed to be quite popular among the deviant.
    I know some very nice folk who own cottages; they're certainly NOT deviant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    Sounds like a great way to find poofs and beat the crap out of 'em...
    What, like people who won't walk through a puddle.

    Kill 'em all.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    I know some very nice folk who own cottages; they're certainly NOT deviant.
    Smeg inhabits a cottage and he is a deviant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jandajoy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    Sounds like a great way to find poofs and beat the crap out of 'em...
    What, like people who won't walk through a puddle.

    Kill 'em all.

    Oi! You got that the wrong way round - bloody bastardos.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Wilson
    When bluetooth first came out,
    used to have fun with BT when it came out - some phones - sony erricsons I think - used to auto accept pushed contacts , so you would create a contact and send it to a visible BT phone , and look around to see who went for their phone.

    of course being the deviant I am , I just said hello

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bazzy
    I have a theory that perhaps some so called "gay" men only go that way because they are sex maniacs. This adds weight......
    Quote Originally Posted by thegent
    Cottaging is the term I believe and seemed to be quite popular among the deviant.
    Well, thegent, for all your faults, I never thought I'd class you as a neanderthal.

    However, you join Bazzy as joint contender in this thread for the 'Knuckledragger' trophy. However, stick around - I'm sure there will be plenty of competition for you both...

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    Quote Originally Posted by November Rain View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Bazzy
    I have a theory that perhaps some so called "gay" men only go that way because they are sex maniacs. This adds weight......
    Quote Originally Posted by thegent
    Cottaging is the term I believe and seemed to be quite popular among the deviant.
    Well, thegent, for all your faults, I never thought I'd class you as a neanderthal.

    However, you join Bazzy as joint contender in this thread for the 'Knuckledragger' trophy. However, stick around - I'm sure there will be plenty of competition for you both...
    Not sure what your point is but given your gender and evident confusion you probably don't know yourself so no loss there.

    Surely you can do better?

    Try and ditch that dreadful received sentimentality under which you are so clearly labouring and please engage what may pass for qualitative thought, if you have the capacity that is. After all, you are the token TD woman and one might expect more if only for minority reasons.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegent
    you are the token TD woman
    Am I? Would you like to explain that to Jet, Pats, Natalie, Holly, MissKit, Lily, Extras, LadyHawke & the others?

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    don,t lower your standards girl.. you retort to the tosser, your only feeding its ego..

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    used to have fun with BT when it came out - some phones - sony erricsons I think - used to auto accept pushed contacts , so you would create a contact and send it to a visible BT phone , and look around to see who went for their phone.
    I know a guy who did this in the Emporium on a busy day. He sent a video of a girl getting screwed by a pig to dozens of people

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    Quote Originally Posted by November Rain
    this thread for the 'Knuckledragger' trophy.
    Do you care to explain?

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    Fuking disgusting. May God wipe them from the face of the earth and hopefully he'll use this app to find the sodomites

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    Keep slapping your wife Teddy..........you're the tough guy.

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