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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Bristlr: The Tinder For Beards

Posted By on Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 9:25 AM

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Do you exclusively date people with beards? Or maybe you’re the only one of your friends with a cool beard and want another bearded buddy to bro out with? Or perhaps you have a bit of a beard fetish and just like to touch them? (No judgment here!)

If you fall into any of the above categories, the new app Bristlr is for you. 

Known as “the Tinder for beards,” Bristlr is an app — for web, android, and IOS — designed specifically for talking to bearded men, either for finding a date or just for the sake of talking to someone with a kick-ass beard. That's right it's a whole social-media community built-around beards.

“I guess [Bristlr] is kind of a dating app, but it’s more light-hearted and fun,” says John Kershaw, a Manchester-based freelance software developer and Bristlr’s creator. “It’s really just to talk to people with beards.”

Although Kershaw started Bristlr as a joke, 10,000 people signed up on the app within its first six weeks, momentarily breaking the database.

As membership stands now, roughly 48% of Bristlr users have beards, and the rest are non-bearded individuals searching for a bearded beau or buddy.

Like Tinder, once users see another Bristlr user they want to talk to, they can click a heart icon on the user’s profile to show the user they’re interested. If the other person also selects the heart on their profile, they can then have a conversation.

Kershaw explains that Bristlr also lets users “send messages [to other users] without liking them, which has worked really well for straight guys for really cool beards who want to talk to other straight guys with really cool beards without clicking the little heart.”

Unlike Tinder or any other dating app or site, Bristlr doesn’t have any filters to limit the gender or sexuality of whom you can see, or who can see you. To make a profile, all users have to do is select their location, upload a picture, and specify whether or not they have a beard. 

So if you're itching (come on, you know we had to throw at least one beard-related pun in here) to check it out, you can sign up on the Bristlr site.


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