Did Olympians Cause Grindr Crash?
“Hey, look! There’s Big Ben, the Parliment and London Bridge!” These are common exclamations among anyone who’s visiting London for the first time. Still other Olympians arriving on the Queen’s turf this weekend had their noises buried in their smart phones looking for another sort of “Big Ben” thanks to the gay sex, er, dating app Grindr.
People reported that the app crashed over the weekend as soon as athletes began arriving at Heathrow for the 2012 Olympic Games. The crash is believed to have been brought on by an overrun of users looking for a little pre-game action.
The app was reportedly down for 24 hours before it could be relaunched. According to Grindr, London is one of the most popular cities in which the app’s used with upwards of 350,000 registered users.
The dastardly surge even prompted Grindr founder Joel Simkhai to apologize from his Los Angeles office, saying, he, too, was disappointed by the technical burp since he uses the app for his own “day-to-day personal life.” Translation: Dude’s got game.