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The gay/bi dating app Hornet has just added two new features to help you connect with other dudes; features that you won’t anywhere else! They’re keeping their classic grid layout that shows guys in your surrounding area, but two new sections add a lot more social power to the popular app. We test drove them and see how they did.
It can be a lot of work finding a guy with similar interests. So instead of endlessly tapping and scrolling on profiles, Hornet has created the Discover section, a place where you can scroll through “New Guys”, “Who Checked You Out” and use a #hashtag search to find fellas you’d gel with.
We liked having all the new profiles neatly laid out on a grid and we really loved the #hashtag search. Basically, if you wanna signal to other guys that you’re a #gaymer, #vers, #athletic, #420friendly or anything else, all you have to do is add those hashtags in your profile. Then, you can search for other dudes using the same hashtags through Discover’s #hashtag search; Hornet even suggest popular tags so you can find people even easier.
By showing all the “New Guys” and “Who Checked You Out”, Hornet makes sure you’re keeping up with fellas who might have checked out your profile and new guys who may not have seen you yet — it’s a great way to scope out hot and interesting dudes without hoping they’ll magically appear in your area.
Hornet has also done a good job focusing on men’s interests and hobbies rather than just their sexiness, but its new activity feed is positioning itself to become a truly social app by providing a Facebook-style feed that shows when new guys have join, change pictures and other activities. Don’t worry — it keeps all your interactions, locations and chats completely private, it just helps you keep tabs on newbies and other locals in your area.
Also, it keeps you up to date on any person that you’ve tagged as one of your “favorites”, providing new conversational topics for catching up if you haven’t reached out them in a while.
And these aren’t the only two innovations Hornet has added to make their app more powerful. Last November, they partnered with former Project Runway contestant and HIV-activist Jack Mackenroth for “Blue Ribbon Boys“, a program encouraging users not only to get tested for HIV, but to share on their profiles that they’ve been tested recently, a way to empower men and the community at large to stay up on sexual health.