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A login page of as of August 2012.
Web address
Slogan Encounter. Experience. Enjoy.
Commercial? Yes
Type of site
Personals, Chat, News, Social Networking for gay men.
Registration Required
Available in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.
Owner Here Media Inc.
Created by PlanetOut Inc.
Launched May 1997 (re-launched October 2008)
Revenue Advertising; membership fee for premium accounts.
Alexa rank
3,135 (April 2014)[1]
Current status Active is a chat, personals, and social networking website catering to the LGBT community. The site is a digital brand of Here Media Inc.[2] In addition to community features, the site features LGBT-related news and features. As of September 2005, San Jose Mercury News ranked as the most popular online gay personals site in the United States. As of March 2007, Hitwise ranked it number three in domestic American popularity after Adam4Adam and Manhunt.[3][4] also competes internationally with dudesnude, gayromeo, and gaydar.

History[edit] was founded by Mark Elderkin in 1994 and launched with a Java-based chat system in 1996.[5]'s parent company acquired PlanetOut in 2001. In October 2008 the company relaunched,[6][7] updating the visual style of the site and replacing the former Java-based chat system. Technical problems caused by the upgrade led to service interruptions and lags. In an open letter[dead link] from PlanetOut management, "hardware configurations and software code" were cited as culprits. Many users asked the service to revert to its former system.[8] The formerly solid user base has eroded since the relaunch.

In October 2009, Here Media Inc. bought from PlanetOut Inc.[2]


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ a b "Dallas executive amassing a gay media mini-empire". Dallas News. 2009-10-25. Retrieved 2009-10-27. 
  3. ^ San Jose Mercury News (September 11, 2005) "Busiest online matchmakers." Section: AE
  4. ^ Lifestyle - Gay and Lesbian Category: Weekly Market Share of Visits Rankings for the week ending March 17, 2007
  5. ^ Aceves, Raquel (2008-09-29). "GAY.COM Homepages – A Look Back". Retrieved 2008-10-26. [dead link]
  6. ^ " parent company loses $51m". 4 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  7. ^ "PlanetOut Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2007 Results". Trading Markets via PlanetOut Inc. 29 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  8. ^ "Behind the Website: The Blog: An Open Letter to Subscribers, Members and Guests". Retrieved 2008-10-26. [dead link]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ "gaycomblog". Potent Links Blog. Retrieved 30 October 2014.