If you are a gay man looking for a dating app, you needn’t Google far to stumble across myriad options: Grindr, Scruff, Jack’d, and GROWLr are all aimed at men, and they’re all different.
But if you’re a lesbian, your options were limited, save for predominantly-straight apps like Tinder or OK Cupid that offer same-gender-seeking options. Because their focus was geared toward straight people, it was easy for them to turn into online ghettos for the sapphicly inclined: slim pickings, and unappealing ones at that. Or worse, they were filled with people you already knew.
Before Dattch, gay women were wandering the proverbial desert, said ReadWrite’s Taylor Hatmaker.
Dattch, an app that was developed in London, is aiming to change that. It launched stateside at the annual Lesbians Who Tech Summit, to great acclaim.
It’s like Tinder or Grindr, with a touch of Pinterest and Instagram. Unlike other dating apps, this one allows women to create a board that showcases their interests instead of focusing primarily on a hot-or-not snap judgment based on a few pictures.
And also like Tinder, Dattch profiles are connected with Facebook. Said the Guardian:
Perhaps the most striking difference between the Dattch app and all the rest is its focus on the security of its users. A new member will verify her account by linking it up to her Facebook page – essentially proving that she’s an actual, real-life queer woman, rather than a clammy, lesbian-obsessed pervert called Craig.
Particularly with an app geared toward lesbians, it was hugely important to weed out straight guys fixated on chasing lesbians. Plus, not all dating apps are created equally. When Tinder was the new kid on the block, it was heralded for finally mitigating the lingering creep factor of other proximity-based dating apps, a feature that made it particularly popular with straight women. In addition to using Facebook Connect, Tinder only notifies users when both of them have selected each other as a match, which means you only hear from people you like. OK Cupid didn’t do those things, and neither did Grindr.
“There were apps that were out there, but they were all re-skins of gay male apps,” Dattch creator Robyn Exton told Hatmaker. (Tinder is often described as Grindr reimagined for straight people.) “I’d been working with the dating business so I kind of knew the space. I think something that we just picked up really quickly was that it wasn’t just that there was a lack of apps for lesbians, but there was a lack of apps for women in general actually looking at what women want, particularly in dating … You can’t just take Grindr and make it pink.”
Below, a trailer for the new web series, “Scissr.” “I’m on Same-Same,” one character says. “It’s like Grindr – for girls.”
H/t The Guardian