The designers of Taimi, who choose to remain anonymous, said alleged workplace discrimination they suffered because of their sexuality inspired them to create a gay dating app with some of the tightest security available.
When their ‘careers slackened off because of sexual orientation’ they decided there was a need for a product which could ‘give its members a safe medium for expressing themselves and to promote LGBT+ rights worldwide’.
Describing themselves as ‘the safest way to meet your man’, their creation comes on the heels of the revelation that Grindr was sharing its users HIV data, amongst other information, with third party companies. As part of their security features, they allow only verified and moderated users as well as fingerprint identification.
Advanced security details aren’t the only difference between Taimi and other gay dating apps on the market, they also cater toward people who are tired of one night stands and are looking for something more substantial. The name of the app – Taimi is a play on words of ‘tame me’ highlighting that the app is created for those interested in long term relationships.
Creation relationships isn’t their only goal, as they hope the opportunity to network on a corporate and NGO level with other users will also prove attractive.
An inbuilt video call feature, the first of its kind on gay dating apps, will appeal to those worried about being catfished, proving to users they are speaking to the actual person depicted in a profile instead of a fake.
While Taimi currently caters to gay men, the developers have plans to eventually expand the app to also provide a service for female and trans users.
With widespread worries about the usage of user information on social networking sites and apps, it remains to be seen whether Taimi has come along just at the right time.
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