With apps like Scruff, Grindr, Growlr, and all the others, people can chat with people who live in their neighborhood. It’s much more convenient than being in a «city» room, where people were actually not from that city, but 100 miles away.
The Gay chat rooms were such a lifeline for many gay people like myself who lived in rural areas and did not have any gay venues near them to socialize in, or whom didn’t like gay bars and wanted to socialize and meet others in a friendly & safe chat environment. I myself met my life partner in a Gay chat room a e, so it really saddens me that this unique feature, which is what Gay became famous for, is now gone. It was also nice to be able to jump into the chat rooms for cities I was planning on visiting and talk to the residents for tips on how to best enjoy my stay. But what really saddens me are all my chat buddies I have now lost. Now, it’s all gone. It was bad enough when gay switched over to the Ajax platform a few years back, which decimated many local rooms in smaller cities, but for the chat rooms to be totally gone now is just tragic and a real disservice to the gay community that has supported gay for so long now. Their new system basically amounts to what a smartphone app can do, and it is in no way a replacement for chat rooms where everyone can chat together in real time.