Grindr crashes at the Olympics

A smart phone app called Grindr that helps gay people hook up has crashed with the influx of athletes at the Olympics in London:

A gay dating website crashed within minutes of the first Olympic athletes arriving in London – due to the volume of demand, say experts.

The Grindr app enables gay men to obtain the locations of potential homosexual partners.

Technicians believe the arrival of Olympic teams on Monday sparked a flood of new customers – and loss of the service in East London.

One Londoner said: “It happened almost as soon as the teams got here. Either loads of athletes were logging on to meet fellow Olympians or were looking to bag a local.

“The Grindr system obviously couldn’t cope. It took 24 hours for the app to get back up and running, much to the relief of all concerned.”

The site was launched in 2009 and claims to have four million customers worldwide.

London is the most popular city for the app, with 350,000 registered users. The website ­advertises itself as a way to find “a new date, ­buddy or friend”.


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  • petal

    > “much to the relief of all concerned”

    I saw what they did there.


    One Londoner said: “It happened almost as soon as the teams got here. Either loads of athletes were logging on to meet fellow Olympians or were looking to bag a local

    perhaps it should have read athletes with heaps of load

  • jonno1

    If this is true, what a sad indictment on the morality of today’s society. And before anyone else says it, yes I’ve heard that Christian conventions often coincide with an upsurge in hotel porn movies. Equally despicable if true. Not to mention Labour party MPs away from home (sorry, couldn’t resist).

  • Redneck

    The primary motivating factor for male homosexuals is hooking up for short term, anonymous sexual encounters – George Michael style. Random, meaningless, irresponsible sex, but of course this phenomenon is only ever discussed in medical journals and gay niche media.

    But this is what is coming down the pike; a society immersed in homosexual sexual hedonism and decadence where the iron fist of the government will be used to legislate against anyone who disagrees with it (as is already happening in places like Denmark & Canada)

    • Other_Andy

      But in between the random, meaningless, irresponsible they make excellent parents you know.
      I hope you are not against gay marriage and adoption.
      They have rights you know.
      You are not a homophobe are you?

      • Meg

        Yes, redneck is a rather large homophobic twit. 

    • Meg

      Are you suggesting heteros do not undertake meaningless sex? One night stands? That all straight sex results in marriage or a relationship?

      Lord you are an idiot. 

      • Random66

        To be fair it wasn’t a hetro smart phone app that crashed, so that says something about volume of demand.

    • Alex

       of course heterosexual fornication is unheard of.

      • GregM

        It is at my house, that’s for sure :- (

      • Troy

        It was unheard of in the Helen Clark household – she preferred to bonk the nights away with her very close friend Heather Simpson.. tsk tsk (but everyone knows it).

      • Pukakidon

         Bugger off Greg when you are at it everyone hears it.

    • Alex

      Well this sort of carry on isn’t to my tastes; but hey it’s been
      happening since the dawn of time (and by “it” I mean all varities of
      human sexuality); and yet the world has not stopped.  Accordingly, the
      best remedy is not to obsess about what other people may or may not do,
      and to instead get on with one’s life.

    • le sphincter

      “The next morning,” Lakatos says, “the entire women’s 4×100 relay team of some Scandinavian-looking country walks out of the house, followed by boys from our side.
      And on it went for eight days as scores of Olympians, male and female, trickled into the shooters’ house – and that’s what everyone called it, Shooters’ House – 
      On the way to the training grounds, “the girls are in skimpy knickers and bras, the dudes in underwear, so you see what everybody is working with,” says Breaux Greer, an American javelin thrower. “Even if their face is a seven, their body is a 20.”

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  • Patrick

    she preferred to bonk the nights away with her very close friend Heather Simpson

    c/w double ended arabian d1ldo apparently – so Peter Davis told all the boys down at the cossie club

  • Danny-boy

    Good to see the ancient Greek traditions kept alive at the modern Olympics.

  • Scanner

    They will just have to go back to the old fashioned way, and hang out in public toilets.

  • tspoon

    It seems odd that around 4% of an estimated 13,000 athletes, or about 520 people, would be enough extra to overload a system which already has (apparently) 350,000 people on the books in that area.
     But then gay math is one of the hardest fields to successfully master, so I won’t just straight out call bs on what superficially appears to be a (mildly) innovative attempt at guerilla marketing.