You don’t really need to have the softer entry stuff — it’s like ‘hey, what’s up. And you actually get a gist of who someone is and what you can start talking to them about.” Another Grindr factor that Exton argues doesn’t apply well to the gay female scene is proximity-based social networking. Then you’ll be able to customise it — in two builds from now — where you’ll be able to pick the distance you want to see people within, and then you’ll probably be able to pick an age range.” On the fake profiles issue, weeding out the men has been, and continues to be, a key priority for Dattch.
“In private beta we were showing you the closest user to you. It’s like 1 percent of the time women are going to meet up within 30 minutes. For women you’re probably looking at about a week before someone goes on a date, so seeing the closest person to you doesn’t add to that experience. Initially it was via a manual “profile validation” process that relied on cross-referencing with users’ Facebook profiles.
What really sets it apart is its mostly female team who set out to design a dating app specifically for gay women.
I don’t mean the fact that it’s exclusively for lesbians, bisexual and/or bi-curious women — though that certainly makes it stand out from the ranks of straight dating apps.
Whether it's the early flirting stages or a long-term relationship, bisexual men and women on Reddit say they have noticed vast differences in their romantic encounters with people across the genders.
These range from how they show their emotions to what they are like in the bedroom - with one suggesting that sex with women 'tends to last longer'.
“Women want to chat a lot but they’re also not very good at starting the conversation — which I think is also symptomatic of the kind of profiles that exist. But with girls they are actually looking to have a conversation,” says Exton.
So when you’re on a platform like Grindr it’s fairly clear why you’re talking to each other. “The idea [with Dattch] was to start allowing people to pull in [contextual photo-based] content and then it’s easier to start a conversation.