How gay is A&M-Commerce? Gay enough for the student paper to run a piece about Grindr

Did you know that Grindr allows you to find people as close as 5 feet away?! Neither did we, until we read this piece from The East Texan, the student newspaper at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Read it for yourself, but here’s our favorite part:

President for the Association for the Needs of Gay and Lesbian Students Steven Martin said he can see how Grindr will make it easier to find people.

“I prefer to meet people the old-fashioned way, but I think it’s fine for those who don’t,” he said.

People should use the application at their own peril according to Martin, but he does not judge those who use it in any way.

—  John Wright

Tired of all those Grindr twinks? Now you can hunt gay bears on your iPhone with Scruff

We recently published a story on gay apps and rated their services (or lack thereof). Today on Bearotic (yeah, I know), Net Bear posted this nifty piece about the iPhone app Scruff. For those who prefer their men a little, um, scruffier, Scruff suits all your needs. This “gay bear finder” was designed by Johnny Scruff  and Eric Silverberg and is described as “a social application for gay bears, musclebears, cubs, otters, leather men, and their admirers. Scruff enables users to create and view profiles based on geo-location, send messages and private images, and check in to neighborhood venues.” You can also like the app for whatever reason on Facebook.

We asked resident bear Greg to download the free app for a test run. “Oh my God! My whole world has just opened up,” was his first reaction. Its similarities to Grindr make it easy to use and some of the features come in pretty handy — you know, for social networking and all that.

Greg and I could do a general browse regardless of where the hirsutes are, but then we had the option to choose “Near” for bears in closer proximity. Like FourSquare, you can check in but neither our office nor immediate businesses around us were coming up. We’re at Fitzhugh and Travis and the closest to us for check-in were all the businesses in Knox-Henderson. Once you’re logged in, you can send someone a “Woof” (which I never understood because bears actually growl) and also click under the “Would you meet this person” with options of “Not My Type” (ouch), “Maybe” and “Definitely.” We clicked the latter for one guy who clocked in at nine blocks away.

Hi, Justin!

—  Rich Lopez

False alarm: Grindr isn't going anywhere

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Several blogs — including Queerty and Joe.My.God. — are reporting that Apple has pulled Grindr from the iTunes Store. According to Wikipedia, Grindr was removed from the app store last night at midnight. It’s unclear whether the removal is related to Apple’s recent purge of “adult” apps, and some are already alleging homophobia. If you already have Grindr on your phone, it’s still reportedly working — you just can’t download it. This development comes as Grindr was preparing to celebrate its first anniversary, with parties around the globe between March 23 and 29. One of those parties was set for Station 4 on Friday night.

UPDATE: Looks like this is a false alarm. Queerty is now reporting that the founder of the Grindr app, Joel Simkhai, said it will be available again soon. And sure enough, it’s back in the app store as of 12:48 p.m. Dallas time. Publicity stunt?

—  John Wright

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—  John Wright