The influx of Olympic athletes touching down in the capital has been linked to gay dating site crashing as volume of demand skyrocketed recently.
A free smartphone app for gay men looking for sexual partners in their area went down after customers began to flood to the service, causing it to completely collapse under its own weight in East London. Concerned casual dating site technicians were able to return the service to an operational condition in just 24 hours, but the fact remains that as soon as the Olympic teams set foot in London, the downtime began – indicating that either shedloads of Olympians were looking to meet a fellow athlete or to get to know the local populace more intimately.
The app, which has a global user base numbering in the millions, was launched in 2009 and has grown to be quite popular with gay Londoners. There are 350,000 registered users in the capital alone, with Brits using it to find new friends, buddies, or dates.
The app’s founder, Joel Simkhai, apologised to users personally from his Los Angeles officers after the incident, stating that he was just as frustrated to be locked out of the service since he uses it himself in his everyday personal life and that not having access made him feel quite disconnected. However, Mr Simkhai praised the company’s tech team for working ‘around the clock’ in order to bring the service back online as quickly as they managed to do.