Grindr, iPhone application to find gay partners

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Auckland, Aug 11: Here comes a glad news for gays. Now gays don't have to roam in search of a partner. A new iPhone application will allow them to meet one another.

The new application uses global positioning system (GPS) technology to track down gay people and help them meet one another.

New Zealand Herald reported that the iPhone application, Grindr, uses the iPhone"s GPS system to let its users see a list of other gay men in the vicinity, and also provides vital statistics such as height, weight, age, ethnic background, and even a photo.

"The new technology has proved to be a hit with the New Zealand"s homosexual community and it solved a key problem, knowing who else in your immediate vicinity is gay," said Joel Simkhai, Grindr developer.

"A similar version for lesbians will be out by the end of 2010," he added.

"You might not be in the traditionally gay areas, you could be in one of the smaller centres and you just plug it in and realise you"re not alone and there are other people like you out there, it"s a great networking tool," said Matt Akersten, former editor of Gay New Zealand portal.

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