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HomoTech :: Get Over Grindr and Check In to the Gayborhood 2.0

by Oscar Raymundo
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Monday Jun 28, 2010

Admit it: you’re addicted to Grindr! I have to literally hold your free hand whenever we’re crossing the street ’cause your attention is deadlocked on your iPhone screen, like an iZombie. The guy was online 10 minutes ago, and he’s not coming back! Get over it.

And when you start using Grindr to try to find your friends at a crowded club ("According to this, Jimmy is just 25 feet away!"), you know you have a problem. I know it can get so addicting, like a personal pocketbook full of Guys with iPhones, but if Grindr taught us anything, it’s that all good things must come to an end (anything, as long as they come).

Grindr is so over, there’s even a straight version now, developed by sexually-frustrated heteros (don’t mess with them) upset that they had no similar app to facilitate location-based hook-ups. Their lame name? Urban Signals.

I know you’ll miss the subtle romance you got every minute of every day logging on to Grindr. Who wouldn’t fall for a faceless torso who comes on with the all-so-important question, "cut/uncut?" right from the get go? So here are some distractions: the new wave of mobile technology for the gayborhood.


GayCities:

Yelp meets Foursquare in this gay site, which was the first to dive into mobile "checking-in." But instead of checking into a guy’s pants (Grindr), you check-in to the swankiest bars, restaurants and hotels vying for your gay-tronage, making it easier to meet guys and plan a trip, or enjoy the town that you’re in.


West Fourth:

Sick of the one-night stand, this app will help you find Mr. Right around the block. No shirtless torsos. Not yet, anyway. Activity seems to be just picking up (a good time to check it out if you’re into early-adopters) but until then - I’ve had more friction in my jeans.

For being a new social media company, their promo video seems to be stuck in pre-2.0 matchmaking. Meeting at the pier? Really?!

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My Gay Agenda:

Not at all practical without a function to sync with your Google calendar or iCal, but then again, who needs practical when you got pretty? Besides, we could always use more gay trivia! They make great conversation starters. Something to flip through once and giggle.


Fabulis (not yet released):

The new social network continues to roll out features making it more of a popularity contest. Now you can purchase points to increase your ranking, which only makes me feel (more) like a cheap slut. The forthcoming app will probably ask you how many pets you own or if 7 is your lucky number.


DList:

Once thought of as a gay man’s MySpace, the hip social network has lost some appeal ever since it removed the popular music feature. Afraid of following in the same fate as MySpace, DList has recently released an iPhone app that might generate some action amongst its solid number of good-looking members.


App-solutely Fabulous:

Here are even more mobile apps for the iGay.

Remember Cher’s beyond wicked computer software in Clueless that digitally picked out her outfit? There’s an app for that. Uploads pics of your wardrobe to CoolGuy and start the mix and match.

Already a Fabulis for straight people? iCoolhunt lets you trendspot right on the spot. Take a pic of graffiti art or a funky hat and share with the world.

Wanna hide those cockshots from your great aunt flipping through your iPhone? Save them under the password-protected Private Pics. The free version lets you keep up to 10 pictures, and that’s really about the maximum number of cockshots anyone should have.


Oscar Raymundo is a freelance writer based in San Francisco. He has written for SF Weekly, the SF Bay Guardian, Wired, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Fast Company, CosmoGIRL! and the official Facebook blog. He is currently at work on his first novel.

He blogs here.

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