You are about to activate our Facebook Messenger news bot. Once subscribed, the bot will send you a digest of trending stories once a day. You can also customize the types of stories it sends you. Click on the button below to subscribe and wait for a new Facebook message from the TC Messenger news bot. We were contacted today by the founder of the soon to launch social network for gay men BigJock. It lead us to take a look around the gay male online social networking space and write the following overview of some of the current market leaders.
Niche social networks are likely a viable business because they allow specialized functionality and a subjective community feel as opposed to general interest sites that defer to either the lowest common denominator or the year old demographic. Many people want to participate in social networks, but many people prefer networks set up for people they can relate to. That makes sense to me. As you can see by the following short profiles, these sites targeting demographic with two traits in common gay men are all very different.
You can take or leave my reviews of them. I tried to note the ones where the guys were particularly hot. The company reports almost 30, members sending two million messages to each other over the past year and attending exclusive real world events together. Unlike others that discourage independent commercial activity, this site encourages users to advertise their own businesses and directly monetize their involvement with the site.
ManJam is probably the most widely discussed of all of gay dating social networking sites social networking sites. ManJam offers listings for rooms and houses for rent or to live in rent-free. There are listings from all around the world. There are job and business listings, many of which are in the Middle East. There are personal profile listings with text and video comments enabled for members.
Free membership gets users access to rental listing details, IM, video and audio messaging. There is also a mobile component to ManJam. Profiles on this site support transgendered identities. Premium members get entries in any of the categories moved up to the top of their respective listings. This site looks solid enough and usability is decent, though I did get one If hot unclothed chests are what you are looking for then ManJam may be where you want to go.
See also Bentladsanother one of these sites. Lovetastic is explicitely not gay dating social networking sites men looking to hook up with hunks of burning love. Lovetastic says its goal is to bring together husbands. It used to be called Scene and the old landing page is pretty cute, in a dorky kind of way. Free account holders can post profiles, browse the site and receive messages.
There are randomly generated interview questions for profiles and nude or shirtless pictures are prohibited. The site is ad free. Connexion is LGBT online networking with a. In addition to dating and events organizing the site focuses on low level political activity and news. The site is a little awkward but not highly sexualized. OutEverywhere is a paid service for men and women in select countries around the world. It is very text intensive, site navigation is unbearable.
This site has an emphasis on promoting real world events and venues. User blogs, topical site blogs to read, a music player on profile pages. Without seeing more of what the community is like gay dating social networking sites DList, I imagine this site will be succeed if it can keep its costs down.
The site that inspired this post, BigJockwill launch its full featured version on early next month. It will include all the basics plus a Hot or Not picture rating component. The site will be free and ad supported. You can sign up now for an account and enter to win an iPod. BigJock has a long way to go before it can compete with the heavyweights above, but anything is possible and there are clearly niche approaches underway throughout the gay male social networking market.
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