geosocial

It starts with today’s Doonesbury

(#1)

and ends with shirtless lycanthrophy. In between: Roland Hedley, III, the apps Tinder and Grindr (with some shirtlessness), geosocial networking (aka geosocial), and professional lycanthrope Tyler Posey (appearing shirtless). A long strange trip.

Hedley. The Doonesbury features the character Roland Hedley. From Wikipedia:

Roland Burton Hedley, III is a fictional character in the comic strip Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau, inspired by the on-air style of the veteran US reporter Sam Donaldson.

… [At one point in the strip] he has developed an extraordinarily large ego, which remains his defining trait to this day. He is a total sensationalist, willing to stretch the truth and say anything that would further his career.

What a douchebag, on the job and in his social life (as seen above)! (More douchebag below.)

Tinder. In the third panel of #1, an insert declares the topic of the remainder of the cartoon: “Adventures in Tinder”.

From Wikipedia:

Tinder is a matchmaking mobile app. The application connects with users’ Facebook profiles to provide pictures and ages for other users to view. Using GPS technology, users can set a specific radius, and they will have the option to match with anyone that is within that distance.

On the Tinder site itself:

Tinder is how people meet. It’s like real life, but better.

Let’s face it: Tinder is designed for more-or-less instant sexual hookups, without further commitment, between men and women. Quickie fucks for heterosexuals.

There’s net discussion on what works well in Tinder. One piece of advice for men is to post photos with their dog or dogs; adorable dogs suggests adorable men.

But some guys go for more carnal things — like this shirtless university student (University of Rhode Island, presumably) showing off his model’s body:

(#2)

(Don’t know how many women go for this presentation, but it would certainly catch the eye of many gay men. Still, he could use a puppy.)

Grindr. Tinder is relatively new — its initial release was 9/15/12 — but it’s been flourishing. It seems to have been modeled on the immensely successful app Grindr:

Grindr [initial release 3/25/09] is a geosocial networking application geared towards gay, bisexual, and bi-curious men.(Wikipedia link)

Grindr has expanded its software to provide filters for a variety of male “types”, among them:

Bear, Clean-cut, Daddy, Discreet, Geek, Jock, Leather, Otter, Poz [HIV-positive], Rugged, Trans and Twink

From the Grindr site:

Find local gay, bi and curious guys for dating or friends for free on Grindr. Meet the men nearest you with GPS, location-based Grindr.

(Yeah, sure, “dating or friends”. Code for: let’s fuck now.)

The profiles can be unpleasant. In fact, several users have assembled galleries of “Grindr douchebags” or “douchebags of Grindr”, for instance:

(#3)

A classic “fags” vs. “real men” distinction: NO FAGS.

Geosocial networking and the noun geosocial. On the Grindr Wikipedia page, we see the technical term geosocial networking, which seems to be a portmanteau of geolocation [via GPS] and social networking — both originally technical terms themselves, though they’ve moved into more ordinary use.

From Wikipedia, in a heavily technical-register article:

Geosocial Networking is a type of social networking in which geographic services and capabilities such as geocoding and geotagging are used to enable additional social dynamics. User-submitted location data or geolocation techniques can allow social networks to connect and coordinate users with local people or events that match their interests.

Later in the article:

The evolution of geosocial can be traced back to …

A nouning by truncation of geosocial networking to geosocial, suggesting that the writer of the sentence was so comfortable in this domain that they could abbreviate the longer expression, expecting the reader to interpret it in context.

Tyler Posey. And here’s where I came across the Tyler Poser story. From E! Online on the 5th, “Tyler Posey Jokes That He Has a Grindr Account (That’s a Gay Hookup App FYI)” by Brett Malec:

Does Tyler Posey have a Grindr account?!

In a sneak-peek preview clip for the 22-year-old’s upcoming MTV special Being Tyler Posey, the Teen Wolf star’s friends try to teach him about the straight dating app Tinder. That’s when Posey confesses he knows all about Grindr, the gay hookup app equivalent of Tinder.

“You know what Tinder is?” one friend asks Posey.

“Tinder? No, what is that? Is it like Grindr for straight people?” Posey responds. “I know what Grindr is because I have an account.”

This is a put-on, of course. But it puts the actor in a good light, in that he’s so comfortable in his sexuality that he can joke about Grindr, without disavowals or hedges.

On the man, from Wikipedia:

Tyler Garcia Posey (Born October 18, 1991) is an American actor and musician. Posey is best known for his role as Scott McCall in MTV’s show Teen Wolf.

… In February 2002 [as a young boy], he appeared in the film Collateral Damage; in December of that year, he played Jennifer Lopez’s son in the romantic comedy Maid in Manhattan.

(He plays rhythm guitar and sings vocals for the band Lost in Kostko.)

Posey in lycanthropic guise:

(#4)

and shirtless, playing in the band:

(#5)

Definitely cute (and he has a very sweet smile), though not quite as model-hunky as his lycanthropic colleague Taylor Lautner of Twilight (discussed in “Lycanthropic shirtlessness”, here).

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