In celebration of its fourth anniversary, Grindr today announced that they have reached over six million users, adding 2.5 million users in the last twelve months alone. That’s pretty crazy if you think about it… a lot of horny men. The app is available for people that use iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android and BlackBerry and is present in 192 countries around the world. Furthermore, it has been featured on several mainstream TV shows including Glee, Saturday Night Live, The Office, Chelsea Lately, The B- in Apartment 23, and Top Gear.
“Grindr has proven to be an invaluable resource for men across the globe when they’re looking to meet-up,” said Joel Simkhai, founder and CEO of Grindr. “Five years ago, the only sure fire way to meet another gay man was to go to specific gay clubs or bars. Grindr opened up a whole new world for gay men by finally providing a more spontaneous, exciting and instantaneous way to meet guys. Since our launch, and specifically over the past year, our user base has grown exponentially and we owe that to our loyal and engaged users. Thanks to them, Grindr has become the best and easiest way for men to connect with other guys whether you’re in a small town or a major city anywhere in the world.”
“Millennials grew up with this technology, so they are more comfortable sharing their lives than other generations. However, millennials agree that their generation overshares more than others,” added Simkhai. “Our latest survey reveals that the top apps that millennials are most addicted to are Facebook, Grindr, Instagram and Twitter. It’s about connecting with their friends and sharing their experiences, whether that’s by posting pictures, revealing their location or offering whatever is on their mind.”
Additional key survey findings include:
- 80 percent of millennials agree their generation overshares.
- 71 percent of respondents are comfortable sharing their personal information.
- 92 percent of respondents are comfortable being tracked by enabling their location-based service.
- Respondents share their location mostly to find dates, followed by searching for nearby places.
- The apps that Grindr millennials are most addicted to are Facebook (30 percent), Grindr (28 percent), Instagram (7 percent) and Twitter (6 percent).
Grindr launched in March 2009 and has been recognized by the mainstream tech community, receiving honors for Best Mobile Dating Site at the third Annual iDate Awards announced at the 2012 Internet Dating Conference Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas earlier this year.
More than one million Grindr users log on to the app every day and transmit more than seven million chat messages and two million photos to one another. Grindr users spend about an hour and a half using the app daily, and they log in an average of eight times per day. Up to 190,000 users are logged onto Grindr at any given moment, and nearly 10,000 new users around the world join the app every day. Grindr also offers a premium service, Grindr Xtra, which strips away all of the banner advertising and gives users increased functionality and enhanced features such as push notifications, unlimited blocks and the ability to see roughly 200 more local guys in the cascade.
*The survey was conducted on March 6, 2013 with 5,000+ U.S.-based respondents.