Are you a gay man looking for love? And I mean LOVE no just a hook-up. Are you tired of the usual places that ask you for more information than you’d usually share on a first (or second) date? Then straight from “Inside the Net” I’ve got a link for you.
Lovetastic… a personals site for gay men, that doesn’t even allow the posting of shirtless photos. It lists itself as a site that “treats you like a person”… subtext of which is “rather than life support of another body part”. Their Internet search description reads “Gay personals that help you find your one true husband”.
Even though I’m happily partnered (9.5 years now), I joined up to check it out (bit hard to recommend something I haven’t seen) and also to check it out from a technical point of view. Besides they also have the checkbox “Type of relationship sought” – “Completely Platonic pal” (which is the one I checked :P )
The only major difference between this and other gay personal sites is its subscription model. You have to pay for all contact. Usually you’d get a certain number of messages or contacts, on Lovetastic you even have to pay to join in the chat room.
I realise that most other (I want to say ‘straight’) personal sites have the same model of payment, as a new gay personals site I hope Lovetastic can find enough buyers to keep them going… with all the ‘no need to pay’ sites already floating around, it may be hard to build an audience.
Afterall, I met David all those years ago using IRC (Internet Relay Chat), no pictures, no measurements, no profiles, just text based chat and FREE, FREE, FREE. And believe it or not, IRC still exists today. (it’s now mostly used by a lot of the bot networks that hack and attack peoples computers turning them into zombies – see how all good things go bad – but that’s another story)
So anyway, I realise as I started to write this I was thinking all happy thoughts about the site, I love the idea that there is a site out there that isn’t ranking people based on the size of body parts, but as I round up this post, I realise that while Ryan (the creator) thinks it’s revolutionary (and I suppose in many ways it is), I feel it’s just a porting of the common personals site; with a gay theme. And other than the geek in me that loves to look and the AJAX build, there’s not THAT much to it.
The site does serve as inspiration though, that something that appears so simple can be used to make money… gotta go… mind ticking away ;)