The question of “host or travel” just got a little more interesting.
This week Grindr completed the global release of its new Explore search, which lets users browse and connect with people anywhere in the world.
The update takes the grid from hyperlocal to truly global, and naturally the internet has feelings. Cue Twitter, where the feature received a warmwelcome from gay geography buffs, curious travelers, and international thots alike.
Grindr’s new explore mode has me SHOOK. this will keep me entertained for DAYS.
— Michael (@Dr_WaIker) February 6, 2018
Live footage of me looking at the new Explore section on Grindr. pic.twitter.com/flY2gMIcJA
— Liam (@liammail23) January 30, 2018
The new Grindr Explore feature is every gay geography major’s dream
— Benji Gellman (@benjdelacreme) February 7, 2018
Grindr has an explore feature now. Hmm so now I can finally find my rich daddy in Malibu pic.twitter.com/03xpiEkzkE
— ًcameron (@RIOTTSQUAD) February 6, 2018
— T R E Y (@xtreydfw) February 7, 2018
Grindr added an explore feature so I’ll be traveling via iPhone around the world until I find my dream man pic.twitter.com/iBXf8BT3cS
— Alex (@alex_malloyy) February 7, 2018
“Introducing the exciting new ‘Explore’ feature from #Grindr ! Now you can show the World that your thirst has no borders!” 🌎🌍🌏🍆
— Genki (@Genki_Rocket) February 6, 2018
Anyone can use Explore to window shop and check out queer life in other locales, but for now contacting people elsewhere requires a subscription to the app’s paid service Grindr XTRA, as noted by one intrepid
oh my GOD i’m so mad grindr’s explore feature is only for grindr xtra users & is stopping me from my Hoe Missions™
— dan 🍋 (@hottopicdan) February 7, 2018
That said, anyone using a 1-week free trial of XTRA has full access to the feature and can hit up whoever, wherever, whenever.
@Grindr you shouldnt have released Explore while im on my free trial of grindr xtra bc now im going to be a gay nuisance around the globe. im going to be THAT bitch. yall brought this upon yourselves queen
— naughty naughty bad girl (@anthreaux) February 7, 2018
Safety and privacy remained top-of-mind for Grindr in developing the new featureExplore results are disabled for countries where it remains unsafe to be LGBTQ, and anyone can opt out of appearing in Explore searches at any time in their Grindr settings.
For everyone else, it’s open season.
Grindr now gives you an explore option. European boys I’m coming for you. pic.twitter.com/EPBCwLWujT
— Luis Franco (@FrancoKid06) February 6, 2018