If you have not guessed from the name, let us let you in! Hornet is by far the Numero Uno of all gay social networking sites. It can and is also simultaneously used as a dating app by millions of gay and bi men in the world simply because the app is way too honest and straightforward. There is no wonder really that it has in only 9 years, and counting climbed up the popularity charts to become the number one dating website for gays and bisexual men.
Hornet allows gay and bi men to connect more meaningfully with each other and also aiding in dating. It works on the principle that people that share experiences and interests are bound to stay together. The website is an El Dorado of everything in the world about gay men and bi with absolutely tailor-made content to suit their sensibilities. This year, the site has hit 25 million users mark. The way it is going, it almost looks like the best is yet to come.
No one is expected to be a polyglot here. The community nurtures people from all corners of the earth. That probably explains why the website is available in not just English but also in
Gauging from the mindboggling number of login in a single day – 1 million by the most conservative estimates, you know you are looking at something more popular than Starbucks! The user base is impressive, and more than one-third of its members hail from the US of A. the average age is between 18 and 40 years. The website claims that each user continuously logs in about 8 – 10 times a day, and a whopping 300 million messages are sent every week!!
In terms of races, here is a breakup of the users.
Hornet allows unlimited messaging to all its members, irrespective of whether they are paid members or not. The web version does not have a dedicated messenger page, and messages will be reflected on the profile page. However, other smart devices like the phone and the tablet version have a dedicated messenger chat window. The platform follows a chatbox protocol, and it also has a live chatroom where members can get in and out at will. The chat is live 24 hours, and there are hundreds of people at any given time.
Members who have been long on the website like the idea of not having a messenger feature where all the chat heads can be viewed in one place. However, newer users do find it overwhelming and tiring to keep a tab on all the people that message them.
What is the stories section?
There is this fascinating section on Hornet that is loved by most of its members. While the website does have a very talented editorial desk, articles are also invited and submitted by members. Members can send in their writings and opt to become a community writer. The funny, witty, and outrageous stories are celebrated even though posts and pictures are received very well too. Along with the submission, you will need to write a brief description of your entry on the discussion forum along with a declaration that you own the copyright to that work. Your submission will be considered for print once it passes through the website’s forum, and they decide that it is appropriate for the platform to publish it.
The Events section:
All the upcoming community events based on the location that you post will be featured under this section. It works like a bulletin board in your office. There is no form of interactivity on the event page, but it is a form of information simpliciter.
The website takes no personal responsibility for the members who decide to show up for the events featured in this section. Members are therefore advised again and every so often to use their common sense and discretion when planning to attend any of the featured events.
When you are traveling, you must have the hornet application on your phone. You don’t want to be lonely in a new city. If you are a travel freak, there is a good chance you may have heard of an application called ‘Vespa’ that was one of the best-collated databases for the gay community across the countries of the world.
In the year 2016, Hornet went all out and acquired Vespa and christened it Hornet Places. This is a minefield of data exclusively for LGBTQ+ and by LGBTQ+ men. The places include:
Signing up on Hornet is a matter of seconds!
If you have a Google or a Facebook account, all you need to do is to register for Hornet with that account. There is no email verification, so as soon as you fill up all the mandatory fields on the registration page, you are already there!
There are no passwords, and the website assigns you an auto-generated username that is five characters long. You can change your password anytime later whenever it is convenient for you.
As said already, to become a member user on Hornet, you need to have a valid Facebook and/or Google account. This is because both these applications do a thorough job of verification and cross-verification, and therefore Hornet is assured of the genuineness of the account.
Five out of ten users are happy with Hornet’s layout. Some people are okay with having pop-up folders open randomly and ad both big and small being cramped anywhere that there is space. At the same time, other users are miffed that despite such superior content and a winning concept, the website has not got its act together to look pleasing to the eyes yet.
The stories tab is still great with a lot of entertaining stuff that keeps getting updated often so you can easily spend time on it. But the social networking part is zero engaging. The problem is that ads are cramped everywhere, and they can get annoying.
Users are also peeved that messages are seen in the bottom right corner of the screen, whereas other non-important things take the top part of the screen.
The profile window on Hornet will effectively show the follower count of a person. The person’s STD status is also available to show, but there is no mandatory rule in place to display it. The profile it the place of activity where the members’ posts and pictures, including recent activities, are fed.
Hornet does not require its members to have a very detailed profile. Minimum mandatory fields such as name, age, sex, and location are compulsory. The rest of the details is left to the discretion of the member user. It has been shown that a completed profile attracts more interests and likes, but it is the user’s call for how he likes to let it be.
A profile picture is visible to everyone on the website. The profile page, including the image, can be edited from time to time. If you are someone that likes to say the littlest on the profile page, be sure to be notified time and again with advisories to complete your profile to attract more matches and a link that will let you directly edit:
Profiles include pictures as well as posts. Connecting is easy on the app – like or comment on the post and photos or send a private message to break the ice. Chat up with guys who have similar interests. Follow friends to stay in touch to check out their updates whenever they edit their profile page.
Thankfully, the mobile version has a messenger box that is on a separate page, unlike its web version. There is also the stories section on the mobile application because it is one popular segment on the app. The mobile app is choc a bloc with advertisements, and users frequently have been reporting critical issues that they face with third party bots that spam their account and messenger inboxes.
One of the best features on the mobile app is that the users can delete and undo their sent messages if the recipient has not seen them yet.
Signing up on the mobile app is way easier than on the desktop.
Free messaging on Hornet is a great feature except that there is some security risk because anyone can send in a message, and it can at a time feel intruding. There is a great need for a message request filter as most of them in the community feel and are vocal about. When a member sends in a message, the website automatically turns it into a friend request. If the member accepts to see the message, the person can add to his friends by default. In case the message is rejected, the website deletes the message and consequently blocks the sender.
Basic membership is free for everyone who registers on the website and creates a profile on it. It includes uploading public and private photo albums, searching profiles, viewing photos of other members, sending and receiving messages, and blocking as many users as they want.
A paid membership allows the user to know who checked them out, use advanced search filters, upload as many photographs as they want and even view as many profile pics as possible. The best advantage of using paid membership is that you can sign out advertisements that pop up on the screen regularly.
Membership charges are so nominal that they will never pinch you. For an entire month, you need to part with $9.99 only. For three months, you shell out $25.99, and it takes only $55.99 for an annual subscription to this fabulous website. The price is extremely competitive, and payment will be accepted if made with your credit card only.
Premium membership will entitle you to advanced search filters apart from the use of @-tag and hashtag. The membership fee is nominal and comes in convenient 1 month, 3 months, and annual membership.
Hornet has proactive customer support that goes all out to make sure that its user members are comfortable in their skins. This is why the website comes out with safety advisories to its members generally from time to time. Apart from this, the website manages a blog that teaches, among other things, how to be safe in a homophobic environment. Reporting of abuse and taking action of them has been impressive, with members being banned for life for flouting rules and protocols of the website.
You’ll find the answers to the most frequently asked questions in this section.
Hornet is completely safe. As a policy, it changes its members’ distance in the application from time to time so that no one can know the members’ correct location. It actively protects users. The website regularly comes out with advisories on how they should exercise acute discretion when sending out personal information and photographs to other users in private messages or while sharing them in the live chatrooms.
Hornet is most definitely a very efficient dating app for gay men, but that is not all that is there to it. The website includes everything about the LGBTQ+ community, including news, trends, information, and city tours. It may be fitting to call it the world’s best gay social network website. It is a fun place to be for gay men, bisexual men, and others who want to explore their life choices.
Hornet is used for guys to find men near them. They can message them or follow them so that they can receive updates whenever they edit their profile or their photography. Much on the same lines as social networking sites such as Facebook but for a niche gay and bi men. Users can make use of advanced filters to search men worldwide for friendship, dating, and casual hook-ups. Hornet is exclusively an LGBTQ+ website. It provides much more than dating and staying in touch.
At the outset, Hornet is free to be used by anyone. Basic membership requires you to only register and create a profile on it. There are so many features in the basic membership itself that you may stay on it without even the need to upgrade to a paid premium membership.
With an impressive database of 30 million guys across the countries of the world, Hornet is something that every gay and bisexual man must be on. A profile on Hornet lets you open up about what you are in the form of posts and pictures, letting you talk about things that interest you and things that put you off in a place that is entirely emphatic about the choices you make in life; if this is not a success, then what is?!
Hornet is all about gay and bi men, their conversations, and their trends. In a largely homophobic world, it also affords a safe place for them to strike conversations and interact with others by liking photographs, posts, and commenting on them.