I think they should make “shagging” an Olympic sport. Here’s a great story that got lost in the Chik-fil-A storylines this week: The popular gay ”dating” site Grindr was inundated with user demand over the weekend and the sharp traffic spikes crashed the site. Sources say the crash coincided with the arrival of Olympic athletes. How freaking cool is that!?
What I didn’t know before reading about this Grindr service outage was that London actually has the most registered users; a whopping 350,000. I’ve always wanted to visit London and if they ever do make hooking up an official sport of the Olympics games I’m sure Team London UK will have a leg up on the gold. Here is a statement relating to the outage by CEO Joel Simkhai:
“I want to personally apologise to users. I know it was frustrating. I was frustrated myself. I also rely on Grindr in my day-to-day personal life. It made me feel disconnected. Our tech team worked around the clock to solve the problems and to whip Grindr back into shape.”
The official line doesn’t make any mention of the Olympics or the arrival of athletes from all over the world. The company has offered all paying users of Grindr Xtra an additional one week of usage for free.
Gotta love the gays and our seemingly globally tribal dating rituals.
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