Grindr Crashes Under Influx of Horny Olympians in London

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    Jul 25, 2012 7:56 AM GMT
    http://jezebel.com/5928157/grindr-crashes-under-influx-of-horny-olympians-in-london

    lol this is hilarious. Oh, sexy dirty thoughts running through my mind. icon_cool.gificon_lol.gif


    by Doug Barry

    Some Olympians arriving in London over the weekend might have seen the rings festooning the Tower Bridge and thought, "I've trained all my life for this moment — I could become an international legend." Others, however, were probably too busy trolling Grindr for some hot international sex to bother taking in the sights, confirming what U.S. soccer player Hope Solo said about the Olympic Village being mostly for well-conditioned rendezvouses.

    People mildly reports that "a gay dating website" crashed when athletes started arriving at Heathrow (or Gatwick, whatevs) in droves over the weekend. Technicians believed that the Olympic surge overwhelmed Grindr and resulted in a loss of service, and, according to a random Londoner People interviewed, the crash "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."

    Grindr founder Joel Simkhai issued an apology from Los Angeles, insisting that no one was more devastated about Grindr's hiccup than he was because he relies on the site for his "day-to-day personal life." You really have to appreciate when a) someone just unabashedly says, "I have casual sex ALL THE TIME," and b) someone clearly created a product or service not only to make money, but because that person really wanted to use that product or service. At least, that's how I imagine Little Debbie's Halloween Pumpkin Cookies coming into existence, because someone wanted pumpkin pie in a cookie. Delightful.

    Gay app Grindr crashes as Olympic athletes arrive in London [People U.K.]
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  • RunnerMD

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    Jul 25, 2012 11:01 AM GMT
    I honestly didn't think there were that many gay Olympians. I mean there are only 10,000 athletes in total. Even if every single one of them was gay that shouldn't crash a service that already has millions of subscribers. I wonder if it was more the people in town for watching the Olympics that were looking for ways to pass the time or the influx of support personnel or something.
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    Jul 25, 2012 11:33 AM GMT
    My thought on it is that it looks more like a marketing trick than anything else icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 25, 2012 11:39 AM GMT
    Sounds like a great premise for a porn movie.
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    Jul 25, 2012 11:45 AM GMT
    Not just the athletes but those flying in with tickets to events
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    Jul 25, 2012 11:53 AM GMT
    bad_wolf saidNot just the athletes but those flying in with tickets to events
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    Jul 25, 2012 1:07 PM GMT
    know_wunder said
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    pocke-wha?
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    Jul 25, 2012 1:11 PM GMT
    This confirms what I've said for years: The vast majority of athletes are gay/bi and closeted.

    And like I posted in another thread, "why would anyone put all the time and effort into achieving a stellar physique if they don't plan to use it for sex?"

    Now I wish I'd become an athlete instead of a pilot. icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 25, 2012 1:24 PM GMT
    Wishful thinking... I hate to look like a grindr expert here, but this article is wrong/misleading. Grindr just had a server update and the site crashed for two days. There was no relation to the Olympics, and the statement from the founder made no mention of it. Anyway, even if there were a ton of athletes coming in to London who were gay, why would that cause a worldwide crash? They don't crash for gay pride or gay days!

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    Jul 25, 2012 1:37 PM GMT
    Am I the only one having dirty thoughts about this? icon_eek.gif
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    Jul 25, 2012 1:39 PM GMT
    srqhottie saidWishful thinking... I hate to look like a grindr expert here, but this article is wrong/misleading. Grindr just had a server update and the site crashed for two days. There was no relation to the Olympics, and the statement from the founder made no mention of it. Anyway, even if there were a ton of athletes coming in to London who were gay, why would that cause a worldwide crash? They don't crash for gay pride or gay days!

    Agreed. The Olympics tourist influx was still ongoing, weren't that many yet when the crash hit, and the number of athletes could never have brought Grindr to a standstill. Does Grindr crash during SF or NYC Pride? When there are also Prides all over the US, even the world, on those same weekends in June?

    If the excuse is too many users then it would be more plausible to claim Grindr was a victim of denial of service (DoS) attacks. But more likely is that Grindr crashed as a result of faults in its own system, and during update work.
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    Jul 25, 2012 1:45 PM GMT
    i seriously doubt it was gay olympians. as an athlete you are taught that having sex 2 at least two weeks before competition negatively impacts your peformance. seriously doubt- athletes would be out trolling for sex.
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    Jul 25, 2012 1:50 PM GMT
    Also a myth.
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    Jul 25, 2012 3:17 PM GMT
    Blackguy4you saidi seriously doubt it was gay olympians. as an athlete you are taught that having sex 2 at least two weeks before competition negatively impacts your peformance. seriously doubt- athletes would be out trolling for sex.


    Ahh..scientific studies show there is absolutely no link between the two...
    Athletes are more sexually active than ever...
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    Jul 25, 2012 3:23 PM GMT
    Also consider that the athletes live in the Olympic Village. Most of them are training and trying to stay in shape right up until their events. And some teams themselves impose curfews, assign chaperones, and essentially "ground" their athletes to insure they're in peak form. I really can't imagine them arriving and then immediately using Grindr to arrange hook-ups all over the London area. It's silly to even suggest such a scenario.

    And if a handful of gay male athletes (a subset of a subset of a subset) did manage to do that, how fragile would Grindr have to be that they could singlehandedly succeed in crashing it? Or is the theory that the entire gay population of London went onto Grndr all at once, hoping to get lucky with an Olympian? icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jul 25, 2012 3:24 PM GMT
    srqhottie saidWishful thinking... I hate to look like a grindr expert here, but this article is wrong/misleading. Grindr just had a server update and the site crashed for two days. There was no relation to the Olympics, and the statement from the founder made no mention of it. Anyway, even if there were a ton of athletes coming in to London who were gay, why would that cause a worldwide crash? They don't crash for gay pride or gay days!



    Come on, don't ruin my fantasy of all those athletes doing it.
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    Jul 25, 2012 3:27 PM GMT
    srqhottie saidAlso a myth.


    yeah, complete bullshit
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    Jul 25, 2012 3:28 PM GMT
    Time for me to head to the Olympic village this evening and turn on my GRINDR methinks ;] icon_cool.gif
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    Jul 25, 2012 3:29 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidAlso consider that the athletes live in the Olympic Village. Most of them are training and trying to stay in shape right up until their events. And some teams themselves impose curfews, assign chaperones, and essentially "ground" their athletes to insure they're in peak form. I really can't imagine them arriving and then immediately using Grindr to arrange hook-ups all over the London area. It's silly to even suggest such a scenario.

    And if a handful of gay male athletes (a subset of a subset of a subset) did manage to do that, how fragile would Grindr have to be that they could singlehandedly succeed in crashing it? icon_rolleyes.gif


    I think that's pretty naive. When you're gay, there's always a way!
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    Jul 25, 2012 3:33 PM GMT
    BornJuly4th saidI think that's pretty funny. When you're gay, there's always a way!

    I have no doubt that some would manage it. But enough to crash Grindr? Even if there was a mass breakout from the Olympic Village, the numbers wouldn't be there. Of the 10,000 total athletes, would 1 or 2-thousand really bring Grindr to a halt? The better chance would be from gay Londoners hoping to hook up with the few gay athletes who might be on the prowl.
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    Jul 25, 2012 3:36 PM GMT
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    BornJuly4th saidI think that's pretty funny. When you're gay, there's always a way!

    I have no doubt that some would manage it. But enough to crash Grindr? Even if there was a mass breakout from the Olympic Village, the numbers wouldn't be there. Of the 10,000 total athletes, would 1 or 2-thousand really bring Grindr to a halt? The better chance would be from gay Londoners hoping to hook up with the few gay athletes who might be on the prowl.


    I don't know enough about mobile phone technology, but maybe all those phones relocating (which can take time when I merely drive down the street!) can cause glitches that Grindr's servers didn't foresee. But I agree that it's probably unlikely that the Olympics and the Grindr Crash of July 2012 were at all related. Just a lot of gay guys' fantasies.
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    Jul 25, 2012 3:45 PM GMT
    QUOTE AUTHOR GOES HEREPeople mildly reports that "a gay dating website"



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    Jul 25, 2012 4:15 PM GMT
    Anocxu said
    Blackguy4you saidi seriously doubt it was gay olympians. as an athlete you are taught that having sex 2 at least two weeks before competition negatively impacts your peformance. seriously doubt- athletes would be out trolling for sex.


    Ahh..scientific studies show there is absolutely no link between the two...
    Athletes are more sexually active than ever...


    when i competed in the 100M/200M it was fact.

    i have no idea what sort of sex you guys have - i know i am totally drained when i'm done.
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    Art_Deco saidAlso consider that the athletes live in the Olympic Village. Most of them are training and trying to stay in shape right up until their events. And some teams themselves impose curfews, assign chaperones, and essentially "ground" their athletes to insure they're in peak form. I really can't imagine them arriving and then immediately using Grindr to arrange hook-ups all over the London area. It's silly to even suggest such a scenario.

    And if a handful of gay male athletes (a subset of a subset of a subset) did manage to do that, how fragile would Grindr have to be that they could singlehandedly succeed in crashing it? Or is the theory that the entire gay population of London went onto Grndr all at once, hoping to get lucky with an Olympian? icon_rolleyes.gif


    not only that, but as as athlete getting ready for competition you try to do as little as possible before starting your event. running around is not something you do as an athlete, you rest up and try to stay off your feet as much as possible so that your legs are fresh when it is time to hit the track.
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    Jul 25, 2012 4:35 PM GMT
    Blackguy4you said
    Art_Deco saidAlso consider that the athletes live in the Olympic Village. Most of them are training and trying to stay in shape right up until their events. And some teams themselves impose curfews, assign chaperones, and essentially "ground" their athletes to insure they're in peak form. I really can't imagine them arriving and then immediately using Grindr to arrange hook-ups all over the London area. It's silly to even suggest such a scenario.

    And if a handful of gay male athletes (a subset of a subset of a subset) did manage to do that, how fragile would Grindr have to be that they could singlehandedly succeed in crashing it? Or is the theory that the entire gay population of London went onto Grndr all at once, hoping to get lucky with an Olympian? icon_rolleyes.gif


    not only that, but as as athlete getting ready for competition you try to do as little as possible before starting your event. running around is not something you do as an athlete, you rest up and try to stay off your feet as much as possible so that your legs are fresh when it is time to hit the track.


    You realized athletes were supplied with over 100,000 condoms in the Vancouver and Beijing Olympics, and for London, it's an estimated 150,000. You have to be naive to think they are all waiting until after their competitions to have sex.