For those of you unfamiliar with the Gaydar website, it is a site for gay men (or there is a girl's version too I believe) which can be used for dating, casual encounters or even to make new friends.
The real beauty of Gaydar, is that it is a very large percentage of the gay men in your area rounded up on one website. So it is effectively like going to your local gay bar, except it's easier to approach people on here.
Once you have signed up and got an account, you may search for people in your area, going to 'search options' and then to 'quick search' (as the 'power search' tool is only available to paying members) where you can state specifically what type of guy you are looking for, in terms of what age range you're aiming for and what you want out of them. There will be something for everybody.
Also in the 'search options' category, you have a function called 'view tracks' where you can see who has viewed your profile. If you don't want somebody to see you've viewed their profile, you will see a few clickable buttons towards the top right of every profile... click the red 'X' out of these to perform this action.
In the 'message center' section, this is your inbox of private messages. You will only be able to view the messages you have received within the past 72 hours, unless you want to store them.
Also available on this menu towards the left, is the 'chat room' facility which I don't personally use and is usually like a ghost town anyway, and there's a 'commercial' section where you can hire out escorts, if that's your kind of thing. (It isn't mine, by the way).
The other key feature is 'gaydar radio', which is the site's own radio station and plays music 24/7.
Last but not least, I often receive suggestive messages from people double my age or more despite me stating my age range clearly on my profile - you just need to learn to ignore them if you don't want to hear from them, or if they persist set the record straight.
Well I guess it was only a matter of time before I got round to reviewing Gaydar.
I do like the name, always have. I'd guess it's named after the supposed 'sixth sense' a gay man is meant to have when trying to find out if someone is homosexual.
I've been meaning to get one for a long time but sadly I still have no idea. There seems to be a thing about gay men more so than straight ones to be as promiscuous as Nelly Furtado in that song of hers.
And whilst Gaydar offers guys the opportunity in a world that is still a bit prejudiced towards homosexuality to meet up with likeminded people and form potential friendships
and relationships, the majority of the people that do join are looking to fulfil a need that's resting in their pants.
Gaydar at first glance is a nice bright site and is very easy to navigate. In fact you could make your way around the site quite easily with your eyes closed. The main aim of the site is for gay/bisexual/transgender men around the world to join and chat and meet up [oh and the biggie which most of them seem to do] cruise for a bit of sex.
Joining the site is completly free though there is a membership fee if you want to have features such as unlimited messages or do more advanced searches though I personally have gotten along quite well without needing to pay out anything.
Gaydar aren't as stingy as some dating sites who only allow you so many messages before you have to subscribe or don't allow you to view any profiles without forking over cash which is nice as it means the site is open to literally anybody.
Main features include your very own profile which you create when you sign up. You can display information about your interest and hobbies, what you look for in a guy and just general stats about yourself. There's the opportunity to search for other people - you can do a search of a town or a region of the UK or even if the world if you wish, or if you're feeling very picky - there's even options to do a more advanced search though as mentioned above that option is only accessable to subscribers.
Members communicate by messaging each other - you can do this by clicking the little letter symbol situated in the top right hand corner of somebody's profile where there's also a variety of different buttons you can use to let the guy know what you think of him. The major feature on offer is of course the chatroom which is also free and allows you to talk more freely with guys as chatrooms vary from individual towns to personal intersts and various sexual fetishes. I've found from my own personal experience that the chatrooms are usually full of people wanting to 'hook up' so be forewarned if you decide to venture inside!
The site also offers competitions from time to time such as the chance to win Kylie Minogue signed CDs and trhere's also both a radio and mobile phone service avaliable which helps to make the site even more accessable and interactive.
All in all from my own personal experience I have met a few very nice people on here thoug hthe majority I wouldn't give the time of day it's really helped widen my social circle and make me more confident about the whole dating thing in general so I would
really reccomend for any gay man that's not a member yet to join now!
Oh and I've gone on about gay guys a lot in this review as I'm speaking from my own personal experiences but there is also a site for lesbians which has all the exact same functions and features mentioned in my review.
Gay men. We are greedy. We already have ONE, but we want another. Preferably if it belongs to a hot guy. Some may go as far as wanting more than one, but thats not my style.
So! Up pops Gaydar to promise us homo's everything we could ever, possibly want in a man right on the other side of our computer. Or the country. Or the world. Hmmm
The site is essentially a place to meet other gay, bisexual and trans men. User friendly would be an understatement when applied to The Dar. Your grandmother could figure out how to use this site quicker than you could question her motives to do so.
Now Gaydar comes in two (that's 2, count em) destinct styles....Paid and unpaid. I have to admit however, the perks of the paid profiles (yes , I decided to see what the big deal was one time I had too much money to play with) don't really make it worth your time.
For a month of all the perks you'll pay about £8. The longer you sign up for the better a deal you get. You can get more pictures on your profile, send more messages and view more profiles with the paid option, but unless all you do all day is sit on gaydar, you wont run out of messages or the ability to view profiles. If you do, put the website down, go to a bar.
The main staple of your gaydar diet is your profile. You can post around 5 pictures on it, all with captions, describe who you are and what you want from men all in a very easy to see manner. It's basically an advert for yourself.
This is the thing I like the most about The Dar. It's just so uncluttered of all that junk you get from any other profile site. You can quickly see what someone is about (assuming they tell the truth) and then be as fickle as you please with the findings.
When you view someones profile (assuming you are logged in) you automatically leave a track. A few other gay sites I know do this and it bugs the hell out of me. What if you accidentally click an ugly? What if you let a slightly unhinged person think you are in love with them?!?? Thankfully Gaydar knocked that on the head. you also have the option to take your track away so as to browse discreetly. If, however, you want to be noticed even more, what the hell, you can mark them as a hottie and it will show up next to your track. All points covered? Me thinks so!
From the profiles you can message someone either via the site or email, you can send some "private" pictures along with said message if that floats your boat or you can just say "hi" (go for the second option, its less weird)
To make the place even better, there are chat rooms! And my! What an extensive list of categories you have! (All the better to gay you up, my dear!) You can chat by region, city or interest.
I found the chat comes in really handy, especially for first time gays (we all were there once). It's a way to ease yourself onto "the scene" if you so wish or, if you're more like me, you can just chat randomly and then next time you do actually go out on "the scene", you'll get a few hello's!
As with a LOT of dating/meeting sites, there are a LOT of people out for sex of all kinds and sorts. UNLIKE a lot of sites, I find that unless you go looking for it (which is also easy to do, the search on gaydar isn't all too bad), it doesn't really knock your door down and slap you in the face with a wet fish. Which is good. I like sex as much as the next person (the next person as long as it's not a nun) BUT I don't want to log in and have a million messages from men in their 60's telling me I look gorgeous and do I want to come over to play.
Something that stands out quite a bit on Gaydar is the total and utter LACK of homophobic abuse (unless its from your fellow gay men, we are awful sometimes). Many a gay site has been infultrated by men and women with a brain the size of...actually scrap that.... no brain just to inform us that we are all getting to share a condo in hell (for just £669 or pay in three easy installments!!!) but Gaydar seems to be for the most part VERY phobe-free. Kudos to you!
The site has its own radio channel also which is apparently a big hit amongst the gays, never used it myself though.
So overall, no matter what you're looking for, be it a romp with a stranger, meeting new friends, keeping up to speed with old ones, the site is really quite a handy tool that almost every Gay guy should have.
As for you Gay ladies, I hear there is now a Gaydargirls for you to partake in! I'll leave the reviewing to you on that though!
(review also on Ciao)
Well hello!. I must admit I have just read a review on this site - and thought it very good, just like alot of review on here, But some do miss a little drama and thought, and seam to be copied from other sites.....NOT FOR ME THANKS, this review as all of mine will be down to earth, normal (as can be) and hopefully give people a little know on the world that is Gaydar.
Firstly the name - - i think of a little dish coming outta someones head and picking up other days, As is know as gaydar! So what a great name.
More about the site i think before this becomes pointless. If your reading this you either interested in the review or the site - of which i wont decide for you and chase with a burning torch because ur a raving closet queen haha....just point you in the direction of this web site.
Gaydar was set up so that like minded gay men could communicate via the internet (well its not going to be done by toaster mail is it!).
What is the site used for? www.gaydar.co.uk/penny-tration Thats my address. On there you will find a web page similar to many other on the net such as msn groups and lycos etc.
There are many uses for the site, Its a way to stay in touch with friends or people you have met on a night out, or simply to meet someone for a night out.
There is the option to join for free (however you do recieve limited messages which can be a pain in the bottom) or pay a member fee - this is a couple of quid a month (get on the site and check for yourself.....i cant be bothered! This is still going to be read and rated without that little tiny piece of info being here).
The disadvantages of this site are obvious! and i must express that caution must be made when meeting ANYONE over the internet, including gaydar.
The support team are always there and have to be the best bunch of people around.......getting rid of the trash and keeping the place safe. There is a chat function and you can browse thousands of gay guys all around the world.
Unlike its sister gaydargirls (which has NOTHING compared to the mens site - and is totally unfair) it has more functions than an electronic toothbrush (maybe you use it for one thing! But it vibrates! That makes it multi-use for me!).
Gaydar.co.uk is a simnple website to use and instead of reading this i urge you to check it out - its private (if thats what you require), Its quick and its Free!.....so stop reading and get a-clicking.
See you on there (and leave me a good track!)
Gaydar.co.uk is an online portal which enables gay/bisexual/curious men to contact eachother from all over the world. It is a good communication tool, particularly for people who are too scared to go to gay clubs and pubs. Personally, I find it to be an outlet whereby I can talk to others who share the same feelings and experiences as me- it means I do not have to keep it all bottled up inside. Unfortunately, Gaydar has got a reputation for being a pick-up spot for guys just cruising for sex. However, although I have come across unsavoury characters like these, I have also chatted to many decent guys who are genuine and are not just after sex! Here is a bit about the site and its features... * Registration * Registration is fairly straightforward and is also free. Before registering, users are asked to read the Terms and Conditions of the website and are able to proceed only after accepting them. Once the Terms and Conditions have been accepted, users must select their country of residence. This then takes them straight to the relevant registration form. The registration asks you for basic details like an e-mail address, name, country, city, what you are looking for, your basic physical features, date of birth and a username. You are not asked for your address at any time and your date of birth and email address is never given out. The reason you must give your date of birth is for legal reasons as you can only be a member of the site if you are over 18 due to the sexual content that appears on there. Once these details are filled out, you are taken to another page which asks you to fill out information which will be used in your profile. You are asked to fill in a description of yourself and a description for what you are looking for... You then have to confirm your email address. Once all this is done, you receive a confirmation page to say that your password has been sent to the email address given. The ga
ydar support team screen profiles before accepting them to make sure users are adhering to the terms and conditions. * Features * Who's Online? You can see who is currently online at the same time as you. This is useful as you are more likely to get an instant response if you want to get in contact with that person. The good thing about this feature is that you can narrow the scope down to the area of the world/city you want to see. Profiles Every member on the site has a profile. It?s not possible to be a member without having one. In the profile you can include as much or as little information about yourself on there as you desire. It is also possible to upload pics onto there. (BE WARNED: SOME PICS ARE VERY EXPLICIT!) Instant Messages It is possible to contact other members via Instant Messages by following a link on their profiles. It?s safer than giving your email address out I think. You can also send pictures via instant messages too. Chat The chat rooms have been redesigned recently so that people wishing who are just looking to chat can go into the relevant chat room to do so, and people looking for sex can go into the 'cruising' rooms. Needless to say, it?s the 'cruising' rooms that are always more full than the 'chat' rooms. You can select which country you would like to chat in and then which city/town. For example if I wanted to chat to someone in East London, I would select UK, then London, then East London, etc. * Other Features * Other features include powerful search engines which help people to find other members by name, area, interest or even star sign. You can also add members to `Friends & Favourites` if you want to know when they are online. Photo Albums allow you to see 'Adult pictures' and upload your own pictures to your profile... Gaydar Mobile allows you to check your messages whilst on the move
. And lastly, you can choose to listen to Gaydar radio in the background whilst on the site if you wish to. * Membership * Members are able to upgrade their membership to receive the following additional features: *Search Options: Quick Search Advanced Search Power Search Keyword Search *Number of Viewable Profiles: Unlimited *Number of Messages: Unlimited *Number of Emails: Unlimited *Online Position: First *Number of Saved Messages: 600 *Restricted Chat Rooms: No *Favourites and Friends Online Notification: Yes *Number of Friends & Favourites: Unlimited *Preferential Support: Yes *Cupids: Yes *Thumbnails: Yes *Photo Album: Yes *Number of Photos in Photo Album: 10 *Customised who?s Online: Yes *Restrictions at Peak Hours: No *Message History: Yes Upgrading membership means paying a fee. The pricing structure is as follows: 1 month- £8 3 months- £17 6 months- £32 12 months- £60 I don?t see much point in upgrading unless you want all the added features. Using chat and browsing profiles is free anyway. It?s only useful if you are really hell-bent on finding the man of your dreams and want to search for the 'perfect' one for you using advanced search! * Website/Navigation * Navigation is fairly straightforward and easy and the speeds are quite fast too considering the volume of users that use this site. On first impressions it can be quite daunting as you are faced with the login page which usually features pictures of gay couples which rotate every time you visit the site. When I say daunting I mean daunting for straight people or people who are confused about their sexuality and are not used to seeing images like this on a daily basis. I myself found it daunting when I first saw it and as I am 'in the closet' I have to always watch my back to make
sure no-one sees it! * Conclusion * Gaydar is a well designed site and caters for the needs and demands of its target audience in many different ways. I think it is a great way to chat to other gay/bisexual guys and would say that it wins hands down against the other sites offering similar chat services. To visit go to http://www.gaydar.co.uk Lesbians/bisexual girls can visit http://www.gaydargirls.co.uk I