Hanky a New Dating App Helps Gay Men Avoid Unwanted Attention

For a long time gay apps have been the epitome of anonymity, instant access and faceless profiles. A major new app, Hanky, wants to change gay dating in 2016 with an invitation-only, tight-knit community, in order to avoid catfishing (use of fake profiles), creeps and time wasters.

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Hanky has been developed in response to growing concerns about the trolling of ordinary users of dating apps. Legitimate users of traditional apps are being subjected to internet ridicule by trolls (often using fake identities), who send abusive messages or who post screenshots of private conversations on Twitter.

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Hanky wants to eliminate the trolls: in order to join Hanky you need an invite code from a friend and validate your phone number, or sign up with your Facebook account. If you do not have an invite code at least three current members will have to vote you in.

Jonas Cronfeld, co-founder of Hanky, says:

“For a long time we’ve been fed up with the vibe of the other gay apps. 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.”

Hanky already receives thousands of applications every day from around the world, but 8 out of 10 guys do not get in. Jonas says:

“We will probably never have 5 million members like some of these other apps because so many get turned away. But we’ll choose quality over quantity any day. 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 sexier.”

The most active countries on the app are currently the UK, USA and the Philippines. 81% of users are between the age of 18-34.

In order to access the new gay app Hanky you need an invite code from a friend, or sign up and get voted in by at least 3 current members. 8 out of 10 prospects do not get in.

Hanky is currently available for iPhone. Android version coming in 2016.

Yesterday we published this article Dear superficial Grindr guys… and this might be the answer to our prayers.

Photo by Hanky Limited

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