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Hanky, The new gay and bi-curious dating app, may not let you join if they feel you are not a good enough fit.
The social discovery tool hopes to eliminate the ever-present trolls which seem to find their way into other gay dating apps, causing havoc among those who are serious about meeting like-minded people.
Co-founder of Hanky, Jonas Cronfeld, wanted to create an environment not of supplication, but one of security and assuredness, allowing people to join only if they are exclusively invited.
“For a long time we’ve been fed up with the vibe of the other gay apps,” Cronfeld said. “Increasingly the experience is ruined by trolling. We wanted to duplicate the nice vibe we experience when being introduced to friends of our best friends. There’s always a dash of trust and an expectation that we’re somehow on the same page.”
You can only join Hanky if three other people send you a code, or you sign up through Facebook and at least three other members “vote” you in.
But be warned, only two people in ten actually get to utilize the new dating resource, and that doesn’t seem to bother Cronfeld in the least.
“We will probably never have 5 million members like some of these other apps because so many get turned away,” he said. “But we’ll choose quality over quantity any day.”
The company says that its most active users are from the UK, United States and the Philippines, with the average age of members being between 18 and 34.
Cronfeld understands that his competitors are successful because of the number of people who use their service, but he says they all lack a certain esprit de corp.
“Sure, big numbers are nice, but none of our competitors have got the actual experience right; ¬ something we will never compromise on. Our users are nicer and more sexy,” he said.
For more information on Hanky, or to request to join click HERE
Timothy Rawles is Community Editor of SDGLN. He can be reached at [email protected], @reporter66 on Twitter, or by calling toll-free to 888-442-9639, ext. 713.