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Is this the heterosexual Grindr? Mobile dating app links single studs and women within 100 miles, Daily Mail Online

Is this the heterosexual Grindr? Mobile dating app links single men and women within 100 miles, Daily Mail Online

Updated: 23:31 GMT, 17 February 2012

Date night: Land in a fresh city and check who is close by – but is the app an response to finding mates or simply about quick lovemaking?

Internet dating has become so popular that it has, according to a latest probe, lost its taboo.

But while its attempted and tested formula seems to work, a burgeoning app suggests that people are less timid and are willing to check for singles in their neighborhood wherever they go, with the hope of a spontaneous date.

SinglesAroundMe is assisting more face-to-face meetings, substituting chat-up lines in bars with messages from the GPS-enabled app.

Its founder calls it a ‘fresh frontier’ of finding friends and dating, using portable technology to instantly connect amorous or lonely boys and women.

Using GPS technology to link singles near each other together, the service aims to bridge the gap inbetween dating sites and real-life chance meetings, bringing back the face-to-face spontaneity of dating.

The app has rocketed in popularity, joining others in the flourishing and very lucrative online dating market, which has an estimated value of $Four billion. Found Chris Klotz told MailOnline: ‘Shortly we expect to hit one million downloads, and things are accelerating as word spreads.’

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Launched by the Canadian in 2010, 550,000 messages were sent inbetween singles all over the world last year alone. A Google map plots current locations and flags up users within 100 miles, after viewing a profile, winks and messages can be sent.

Dates on call: SinglesAroundMe uses GPS to link singles together, alerting users when there is a potential date within 100 miles

The idea is that users then meet, letting chemistry do the rest.

Most of SinglesAroundMe’s users are inbetween the ages of 25 and 50, with the USA home to almost a quarter of a million downloaders – and the site is keen to tout that most cities worldwide host its users.

As Mr Klotz writes on the site: ‘We meet people when we’re out and about, not when we’re stuck at home behind a computer.’

‘It is used to meet people not for a quickie, albeit I’m sure there might be those ambitions for some’

While an initial judgement of the service may be to compare it to something of a heterosexual Grindr – the device that geographically links gay users, often for casual hook-up – Mr Klotz has found that his app has ‘become much more main stream’.

He says it ‘is used to meet people not for a quickie, albeit I’m sure there might be those ambitions for some.’

The potential of the gay market is not lost on the founder, and two months ago he launched GaysAroundMe – more squarely aligned to rival with the likes of Grindr.

The app may be the beginnings of some beautiful relationships – casual or otherwise – but there is of course the potential for a certain amount of manhandle. Craig’s List, for example, is a known playground of some of the shadier characters in the world of online assignations.

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