Favorite Gay Social Network

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    Sep 01, 2011 2:04 PM GMT
    With one of my favorite social networking sites closing, I was wondering what is the next big thing. So, tell me what are some of the best and worst sites. Since we're already on RJ, we all know how it is. And, let's hope RJ, doesn't shut down anytime soon.
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    Sep 01, 2011 2:22 PM GMT
    RJ

    I would say poz.com or poziam.org, but they are very open and inclusive of the the straight community. Although predominanty gay, I wouldn't classify them as gay sites.
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    Sep 01, 2011 2:48 PM GMT



    realcock.com
    love it!
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    Sep 01, 2011 3:39 PM GMT
    So, I did research on gay social networks a while back and it's an interesting problem. Anything that tries to be a legit social networking site and posture itself as not just for hookups doesn't do very well.

    The biggest example is Fabulis. That was showing some promise, but it just wasn't going to be profitable in the way they needed it to be. The beta was well-loved and was supposedly a big support network for gay teens when the bullying stories went big. What they tended to find though is that acceptance was the biggest killer of an exclusively gay social site since more and more people were just find being out on Facebook and felt need for separating your friend communities became less. So, that site switched to Fab.com and started doing a daily deal thing instead.

    I think Google+ could be a further killer to exclusively gay social networks since you can really customize your friend categories and who sees who and what. I think once G+ adds groups, you'll see a big movement of the old school Yahoo groups and the private gay groups on Facebook over there. Facebook has nice group functionality, but the lack of privacy options limits people joining and liking things. (A non-gay example is how a couple struggling to have kids wouldn't want FB listing that they just joined a group called "Thinking about In-Vitro").

    The best two communities I've seen so far are RealJock and Gaymer since they organize around some broad interests that tend to rally the everyday gay guys who like being gay, but that might be secondary to what makes them unique.
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    Sep 01, 2011 3:50 PM GMT
    D-List tries to be a gay facebook, but that place is so dead I can see tumbleweeds.
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    Sep 01, 2011 4:28 PM GMT
    Real jock would have to be my fave cuz ive talked to lots of nice guys on here
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    Sep 01, 2011 4:29 PM GMT
    Vancouverite2004 saidD-List tries to be a gay facebook, but that place is so dead I can see tumbleweeds.


    so true! LOLicon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 01, 2011 4:38 PM GMT
    RealJock has the right combination and a winning formula that puts it in a league all by itself. I've never seen another gay site that even comes close. The "health & fitness" slant to the site attracts a higher level of men looking for something more than a hookup --- which I find very refreshing --- and the forums offer an opportunity to see beyond the pictures and into the minds of the guys on the site. Kudos to Chris and others who work on this site to keep it running and looking great -- they do a really good job. The fact that they have managed to keep it a free site is pretty cool too.
  • oursirpeace

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    Sep 01, 2011 4:40 PM GMT
    budfb38 saidWith one of my favorite social networking sites closing

    Connexion?

    RealJock is the only gay social networking site that's actually active as far as I know.
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    Sep 01, 2011 4:41 PM GMT
    Can I nominate FindFred as the worst? They've been promising the Beta launch for over two years now as coming "next month."
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    Sep 01, 2011 4:44 PM GMT
    cdncuteboy saidCan I nominate FindFred as the worst? They've been promising the Beta launch for over two years now as coming "next month."


    Yeah. Very poorly done. And the e-mail notification can show up weeks after someone sends it to you.