In 1994, Andrew Conru created the first online dating site, WebPersonals. After selling that site in 1995, he launched FriendFinder.com, an early social networking site, in 1996. Days after the site went live, Conru found that people were posting naked pictures of themselves and seeking partners for adult-oriented activities. As a result, Conru started Adult FriendFinder, which he described as "a release valve". FriendFinder has since established other niche dating sites, including Senior FriendFinder, Amigos.com, BigChurch.com, and Alt.com.
It has a lot of features that are primarily focused to make the chatting experience interactive and dynamic. Everything from filters, animations to gifs and static images is aimed at keeping the chatters engaged and entertained. And finally, the option to set a 1 to 10-second expiration date on anything you send the other party makes it perfect for sexting.
Jon joined the Board of Directors of FriendFinder Networks, Inc. in March 2015 and became the company’s CEO in August 2015. He founded Yield Dynamics, Inc., a provider of enterprise software to increase the manufacturing efficiency of semiconductor and flat panel display devices, in 1997, and served as Chairman and CEO until its sale to a publicly traded corporation in 2007. He received his Ph.D. in Statistics from Stanford University.
On November 13, 2016, it was reported that a database of usernames, e-mails, and passwords had been breached and leaked from Adult FriendFinder and other FriendFinder Networks websites. The breach included 300 million Adult FriendFinder user accounts, including account data for 15 million accounts that had supposedly been "deleted". The passwords had not been encrypted at all, or encrypted with the obsolete and insecure SHA-1.
Due to this, the people at Grindr decided to bridge this gap and help people with a bit more exotic sexual preferences. Another big issue could be safety and privacy, as people with different sexual orientations may be under threat in some environments and this app can help them get in touch with each-other without facing any risks involved in public dating.