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dudesnude
Dudesnude.jpg
Web addresshttp://www.dudesnude.com
SloganPicture, video & profile sharing for men!
Commercial?Yes
Type of sitegay online dating, photo database, cruising
RegistrationOptional
Available language(s)English
OwnerInvades Ltd[1]
Launched2002
Alexa ranknegative increase 11,514 (February 2014)[2]
 
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dudesnude
Dudesnude.jpg
Web addresshttp://www.dudesnude.com
SloganPicture, video & profile sharing for men!
Commercial?Yes
Type of sitegay online dating, photo database, cruising
RegistrationOptional
Available language(s)English
OwnerInvades Ltd[1]
Launched2002
Alexa ranknegative increase 11,514 (February 2014)[2]

dudesnude is a popular social networking website dedicated to gay, bisexual, bicurious and men who have sex with men. The site was launched in 2002[3] and it has over 500,000 members.[4] The website's purpose is to facilitate chat, dating, and setting up sexual encounters known as a "hookup".[5] The company slogan is "picture, video, and profile sharing for men!"[4][6] The company is based in London and the homepage is flanked by a sexy young fit bare chested man staring upward, partially obscuring his face.[7]

Interface and users[edit]

Members select various stats which include, race, age, height, weight, adherence to safer sex practices, amount of body hair, body type, penis size, and other criteria. They also upload pictures of themselves, at least one of which must show their unclothed body, shirt off.[8] As a result, the site has been described as the most graphic and audacious of the gay dating sites.[9] There is a space on the profile dedicated to a text description of the member and what he is looking for, these blurbs range from a few sentences to full pages. Members join any of several communities such as those reserved for those that are visibly muscular.[9][10][11] Members can then choose to allow or disallow other communities from being able to see them. This community-based system is one of the site's unique selling propositions in that it allows a more nuanced search function for attributes within user profiles.[12] It acts as a pre search, along with age range preferences, so that members only see, and are only seen by, other members who they are likely to find attractive. Thus giving the impression that the site is dedicated to their tastes and requirements and avoiding unwanted contact.

The site is almost completely free of advertising, with the exception of some promotion to visitors (people who come to look at the site without creating a profile of their own). Promotion of members own commercial activities is also heavily restricted.

Another of the site's features, once a USP but something other sites have since adopted, is an optional verification feature, used to give other members a greater degree of certainty that the pictures on the profile are of the person using it. Each member has a unique profile ID number. They take a picture of themselves holding up this number which is checked by site staff, and if it can be seen to match the profile pics, a verification mark is awarded.[9] The site also has a complex search feature to search for type of pictures or video by the various characteristics listed above.[3][9][13]

dudesnude is free for a basic profile, which gives access to almost all features and is not as restricted as the offerings of some of the other players in the field. dudesnude has been reported as "fun" to carouse through,[14] A paid profile allow for more storage space, faster video download, the ability to message those with full inboxes and a 'tracker' facility to show who looked at your profile. Dudesnude is owned by invates Ltd. It is hosted in the USA but is administered from United Kingdom.[15]

Twink porn star Tory Mason was discovered off of his dudesnude profile.[16][17] He is one of many porn stars with profiles on the site.

The site is readily usable on mobile devices and has a familiar 'nearby' feature which shows other currently online users in distance order. It is not available as an 'app' via the main Apple or Android app stores, as they both have no nudity policies with which the site would be in direct conflict.

Site popularity and review[edit]

The site receives more than 72 million hits a year. According to Alexa rankings the site is the 7,583rd most popular website,[citation needed] making it more popular than competitor and pioneer gay.com and third only to competitors adam4adam and manhunt.net.[18]

Dudesnude's official page on Facebook has over 100,000 likes

In 2005 the British magazine QX reviewed the site and said that it had one of the best search functions for making social connections.[19]

Dudesnude makes over US$163,000 a year in revenues from advertising, memberships, and an online porn viewing section and store.[3] The site receives more than 72 million hits a year.[18] The estimated worth of the website is US$329,482.99.[18]

Dudesnude won a Boyz Magazine scene award in April 2011.[20]

Global appeal[edit]

The website is popular worldwide, which is an oddity as most gay hookup sites are based either in the United States, Europe or Australia but dudesnude is popular throughout.[10] Dudesnude is most popular in the United States followed by South Korea, Canada and México.[15] The Alexa website rank in South Korea is #431.

In 2007 dudesnude featured in the controversial GenderBender Festival in Italy, being the topic of the audio collage "Into My Eyes".[21]

Public health[edit]

Many public health groups targeting STD treatment have criticized or worry about online sex sites such as dudesnude in addition to its counterparts, Manhunt, gay.com, and adam4adam because of the their high incidence of facilitating unprotected sex and therefore the transmission of HIV and other STDs.[22] In fact, research in Australia shows that condom usage between partners that meet through dudesnude is low.[10]

I would challenge this part of the publication. (A) Who are the so-called "public-interest" groups cited (B) What are the credentials of said supposed groups (C) What are the underlying grounds for the views espoused by these groups? (D) As regards the referenced "research in Australia" ... What is the substance of the so-called research? ... Who authored said research? ... What peer reviewed merits does the alleged "research" carry?

The site carries profiles for a number of STD outreach organisations including the Terrance Higgins Trust

References[edit]

  1. ^ "User Agreement". Archived from the original on 2010-12-14. "This web site is owned and operated by Invades Limited, a company registered in England and Wales" 
  2. ^ "Dudesnude.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
  3. ^ a b c Freedman, Eric (2010). Transient Images: Personal Media in Public Frameworks. Temple University Press. p. 130. ISBN 978-1-4399-0327-8 
  4. ^ a b dudesnude, 2010. Retrieved November 23, 2010.
  5. ^ HIV prevention and MSM assessment, Indiana Department of Public Health
  6. ^ The Gay Man Who Wants to Marry a Woman (So He Can Sleep With More Guys) Queerty. May 2, 2010. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
  7. ^ "The Team". dudesnude.com. Archived from the original on 2010-11-24. Retrieved 2010-11-24. 
  8. ^ opening page, dudesnude
  9. ^ a b c d Los sitios de ligue gay más populares ("the most popular gay cruising sites"). eradio. September 18, 2009. Retrieved November 24, 2010. (Spanish)[dead link]
  10. ^ a b c Anthony Smith, Jeffrey Grierson, Henry von Doussa, Marian Pitts, Thomas Clement. Mapping Gay Men’s Communities. La Trobe University.
  11. ^ about us, dudesnude.com
  12. ^ Hepola, Sarah (28 September 2011). "Online hookup websites - Beyond Craigslist: Digital resources". newyork.timeout.com. Retrieved 1 October 2011. 
  13. ^ Smoking Guns & Other Accessories: Tyler's Tide. By Edward D. Padilla. Page 255.
  14. ^ Who will be the next fave pornstar? Peter Johnson. Xtra! Canada Gay & Lesbian News. June 18, 2009. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
  15. ^ a b dudesnude profile, WebsiteOutlook
  16. ^ Gio (2006-07-30). "Below the Belt with Gay Porn's Newest Sensation Tory Mason". Mark's South Florida List, LLC. Retrieved 2006-12-28. 
  17. ^ "A quickie with Tory Mason". QXMEN: 14. October 2007. Archived from the original on 2010-11-29. "I was found off of the dudesnude.com website. I shot a screentest with the director of Fierce Dog Pictures." 
  18. ^ a b c Nartey, Victor (May 2011). "Qind • part I - dudesnude with phil anderson". qindonline.com. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  19. ^ "Sticky Fingers looking for Hot Cross Buns - A Novice's Web Guide for Cruising on the Net". QX. 23 Nov 2005. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  20. ^ Boyz Magazine (#1022). April 2011. 
  21. ^ "Bologna Bends Gender Again". ANSA English Media Service. 1 November 2007. 
  22. ^ Mustanski; Lyons, Tom; Garcia, Steve C. (2010). "Internet use and health of young men who have sex with men". Sexual Behavior (International Academy of Sex Research) 40 (2): 289–300. doi:10.1007/s10508-009-9596-1 

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