Gps based dating applications
Simkhai said he created the app partly because he was having trouble finding men to hook up with and date. If somebody's 200 feet away from you, then go meet them, go say hi for five minutes.
All three services list the distance between the person using the app and other member users in feet.A male-only app called Grindr says it has more than 900,000 users in 162 countries.Joel Simkhai, the 33-year-old CEO and founder of that app, said Grindr users typically range from about 20 to 30.Most of the apps rely on instant messaging as a way to break the ice before a real-world conversation takes place.On these apps, users keep minimal profiles -- much less detailed than those you see on Facebook or My Space.If a person is listed as zero feet away, for instance, you might glance up from your seat at a coffee shop to see that person hanging out across the room.
The apps tend not to say exactly where a person is located, and, on Skout and Grindr, you can turn off the location-aware feature if you choose.
Skout, which has become one of the leaders in the space, boasts more than 1 million users, and the average age is somewhere between 24 and 25, said Christian Wiklund, Skout's founder and CEO.
The idea also has found unique traction in the gay community.
So the pair agreed to meet up for coffee after the show, and Amanda brought some of her friends along, just to be safe. "I lucked out." The two are now dating exclusively, and they credit the love-the-one-you're-near philosophy of Skout with setting them up. "I was like, 'Oh we're at the same place, why not discuss the show?
'" While established online dating services like e Harmony and go to painstaking lengths to match daters based on their exhaustive surveys of likes and dislikes, this new crop of GPS-based dating apps seems fixated largely on two qualities in potential mates: Proximity and convenience.
"It just so happened she was the closest one and she's cute," he said, noting that the app told him she was less than 1,000 feet away.