NYTIMES: An App For Gay Travelers That Focuses On The Social

By @ 10/27/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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A recent New York Times article shined a spotlight on the gay app SCRUFF, outing it for being more than just a hook-up app; in fact, it’s a smart, sophisticated travel tool focusing on community building and safety.

“For gay travelers, a GPS-enabled dating app can prove quite useful when away from home,” the article said. “Land in Miami or Madrid, fire up Scruff or Grindr and, voilà, immediately find a bunch of guys in the area who are available for dates or casual hookups. But with its latest update, soon to be released, Scruff is more fully incorporating travel with the introduction of a feature called Scruff Venture.

“Choose Sydney, Australia, and users will find not only profiles of locals who are online and nearby, which was always easy enough to do, but also others currently visiting, people who will be visiting the city soon, coming events of interest and even “ambassadors” — Scruff users who are residents of that city and have volunteered to be a resource for visitors, providing tourist tips and advice.”

Founder Eric Silverberg told The Times: “We’ve found that gay men travel in a different way than maybe a typical straight couple or straight traveler. Gay guys are just more social when they go to a new city.”

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