The gay dating app Grindr crashed due to a massive increase in demand as Olympic Games athletes arrive in East London.
Mirror Uk reports:
A gay dating website crashed within minutes of the first Olympic athletes arriving in London – due to the volume of demand, say experts.
The Grindr app enables gay men to obtain the locations of potential homosexual partners.
Technicians believe the arrival of Olympic teams on Monday sparked a flood of new customers – and loss of the service in East London.
One Londoner said: “It happened almost as soon as the teams got here. Either loads of athletes were logging on to meet fellow Olympians or were looking to bag a local.
“The Grindr system obviously couldn’t cope. It took 24 hours for the app to get back up and running, much to the relief of all concerned.”
Grindr CEO Joel Simkhai apologized on the site’s blog, headlined Sorry About That …:
I want to take a minute to personally apologize for the service disruptions that you experienced during the past few days. I know it was frustrating; I was frustrated myself. Just like many of you, I rely on Grindr in my day-to-day personal life, and not having access to it made me feel disconnected.
One of my No. 1 priorities as Grindr’s CEO is to make sure that the app remains stable and — quite simply — that it’s working. So when we discovered that wasn’t the case, we immediately set to work fixing the screw-up. The service disruption was a challenging thing to address, but our tech team worked around the clock to solve the problems and to whip Grindr back into shape.
We’re confident that we got the problem under control, and we put additional measures in place to prevent this kind of disruption from happening again. And in order to bring the app to a higher level of stability and quality, we look forward to releasing the new Grindr later this summer. It’ll be a revolutionary new improvement in every way, and we’re really excited about it.
And to all of you, our users: Thank you for your loyalty. Also, to try to make it up to our paid users, we’ll be offering all our Grindr Xtra subscribers an additional seven days of service, an extension that will appear within the next several days.
Thanks for being part of the Grindr community!