And then, like a ray of sunshine, a friend suggested that I look into Hornet.
"I only have it because I'm bored, but it is pretty awesome and a little like Facebook," said my friend.
Not only was the interface user-friendly, but users can literally search the world for someone to talk to and not pay a dime for the service.
People were using the app to address social issues like knowing one's HIV status. Looking for answers to my questions, I found myself having a candid, in-your-face, fact-filled conversation with Hornet's CEO and co-founder, Sean Howell. The other apps just didn't seem to deliver what we knew was possible from a technology perspective.
I found it creepy that the application pinpointed my exact location and told perfect strangers how close I was to them, and there was something seedy about texting headless torsos on my little phone's screen.
A social networking service (also social networking site, SNS or social media) is an online platform that people use to build social networks or social relations with other people who share similar personal or career interests, activities, backgrounds or real-life connections.
The variety of stand-alone and built-in social networking services currently available online introduces challenges of definition; however, some common features exist: (such as former school-year or classmates), means to connect with friends (usually with self-description pages), and a recommendation system linked to trust.
After incredulously scolding my friend for using a what I thought was a gay hookup app while in a relationship, I downloaded it.
Incredibly, Hornet was different right off the bat.
Members can post photos and send your heart out to some one, all for free.