Mobile dating apps such as Tinder, Grindr consolidate their presence in the country, as they begin to change the way new relationships start in Argentina.With Argentina’s capital crammed full of cafés, bars and nightclubs, porteños have always had thousands of places to meet new people, whether it be a casual date, a chance encounter or a a long-term romantic interest.Instead, they are mainly based on looks from a pair of photos, abbreviated texts and descriptions, the availability of potential partners and their location.The most popular dating application in the country is Tinder (launched in 2012), which simplifies the search for a romantic partner to a simple right or left swipe after gazing at a profile photo (if both people swipe right, a match is made, allowing a conversation to begin).
The site and the app have experienced explosive growth, becoming the largest gay dating app in the world in less than two years.Via Huffington Post: And last month, his company, Blue City, received million in funding from Silicon Valley venture capital company DCM Ventures.Ma hopes to use the money to expand abroad and possibly prepare for an IPO.Grindr had been exploring a sale or fundraising round for much of last year. Gay dating app Grindr has handed majority ownership to Chinese gaming company Beijing Kunlun World Wide Technology Co.Grindr had been exploring a sale or fundraising round for much of last year. (Paresh Dave)Company founder and Chief Executive Joel Simkhai said the sale would allow Grindr to accelerate the growth of “the largest network for gay men in the world.”That includes users in Afghanistan and Pakistan -- where homosexuality is illegal on the grounds that it’s un-Islamic -- and in China, where not long ago gays and lesbians had so few ways to meet that they formed surreptitious communities around public toilets, parks and bathhouses.
Whereas the website was originally shut down regularly by Chinese authorities, these days it stays up pretty much full time.