After Grindr premiered, it didn’t take long for copy-cat geo-social apps to pop up everywhere with quirky names like Hornet, Mister and Purpll gaining some popularity and niche markets. For, um, research purposes, here are two of the most popular and how they compare.
If Grindr is the Madonna of hook-up apps, then Scruff is the Lady Gaga. It’s newer, fresher and gets more attention but owes its entire existence to its predecessor. Scruff’s target audience appears to be the thirty-something gay man who aren’t afraid of chest hair or carbs. Unlike Grindr, you can actually see who has lurked looked at your profile. Scruff is also more lax with its photography rules, allowing more skin and suggestiveness, which, you know, is always a plus.
Jack’d is another, fairly newer option. Jack’d ups the ante by allowing users to upload up to five photos and, like Scruff, you can see who has checked out your profile. There is also a “match” feature that allows members to view random profiles and select who they are interested in. It’s a great time-waster while sitting on the toilet or the bus. Watch out for possible cock-blocking technical difficulties.
This week’s real-life screen caps provide a hilarious, titillating look at the high (and lows) of these apps and their users, but more importantly prove that there is indeed something for everyone.
Former Atlantan Totally Tyler is a Manhattan-based blogger and the author of “Your Boyfriend and Other Guys I’ve Kissed: The Tails of Totally Tyler.” Watch our video interview with him, check out more of his creepy and funny Grindr finds, How not to hit someone up on Grindr, reasons to keep or toss Grindr, and Grindr three-ways.