Online dating has become so popular nowadays that one could find a dating site that caters to many niches. If you want long-distance relationships with people from a certain country, there’s at least one dating site for that. If you want casual hookups with no strings attached? There are plenty of dating platforms for that. If there’s any dating platform that caters to your specific sexual needs, there are sites for that.
However, out of all the niches, only a few dating platforms address the sexuality niche. There are large dating platforms that allow users of all sexuality to join, but we do not see many that specialize in a certain sexual field.
In this review, we will look at one that caters specifically to gay men called Squirt.
It was founded in 1998, meaning that it has well over two decades of experience in the dating market. Later in this review, you will see how so many years of experience translate into their website design and features.
Pink Triangle Press owns Squirt. For years now, this company has been its best to provide the ultimate gay dating experience.
Next, let’s talk about how people can register on Squirt. Similar to many dating platforms out there, Squirt kept things simple. It should not take you more than 5 minutes to get started.
Go to Squirt.org where you will be greeted with a large sign-in button. Click on it, and you will be asked to provide the following information:
Then, you will be asked whether you want to receive emails from Squirt about promotions and other information. This can be ignored if you do not want your inbox to be filled with their emails. With this very simple registration process, you are now a free member. You can start looking around the platform, familiarizing yourself with its layout and features, among other things.
As with many other dating platforms, Squirt has a chat system in place. The basic chat function is self-explanatory. It allows members to text each other on the platform and receive live notifications so long as they are logged in. Squirt also has group chat rooms where you can chat with other members. If you find anyone you like in that room, you can invite them for a private chat ensuring a more personal and intimate experience.
Squirt also has video and voice chat, which is another handy feature in all dating platforms. You cannot get the ideal virtual dating experience if you cannot see another person’s face and hear their voice. This is the most popular chat feature on Squirt because it ensures virtual dates without ever having to be physically together.
The moderation team considers the possibility of spamming. So, they have also implemented a blocking system similar to that on Facebook. Simply put, suppose that someone keeps messaging you many times even though you told them that you are not interested. You can just block them so they can no longer contact you. This is a neat little feature for users who want to have a little privacy.
What surprised us most about Squirt is its extensive search system. It is designed for people who just want to find a person and have a fun time while sticking with basic search functions. These include gender, age, availability, and whether users have uploaded photos and videos.
Alternatively, those who want to find a very specific individual to hang out with might use the advanced search, which has many filters to choose from. These filters range from physical appearance to sexual fantasies. Squirt also has a regional search function, which allows looking for members who live in a specific area.
Users have two options here. If they simply want to take a break from Squirt, they can temporarily deactivate their account. In doing so, their account will become invincible, so other users cannot find them. During this time, the user’s account will be frozen, and all the data will be kept intact. To reactivate it, users just have to log back in.
To deactivate your account, go to your account settings where you will see ‘deactivate your account’ option. Click to confirm, and you will be taken back to the landing page.
Users can also deactivate their accounts from their mobile phones. It’s also located in the user’s account settings, under the account management option.
But if users want to quit Squirt outright, they can delete their accounts permanently. In doing so, all their data will be erased and will become unrecoverable. If you want to start using Squirt again, you will need to create a new account.
For this reason, we recommend you give this very careful consideration before making any drastic decisions. Unfortunately, users cannot delete their accounts on the website itself. They will need to contact customer support and request the support team to delete their accounts. Users need to provide their username, password, email, and subscription plan they have to this team. Then, you will need to wait a bit for the team to respond.
With all that said, let’s take a look at Squirt userbase. Unfortunately, we do not have a clear figure on how many registered users there are. It is safe to assume that since Squirt has been around for over 20 years, they should have well over a million members. At least half of them should be active today.
Squirt is a dating platform made for gay men only. While they do not have a system in place to verify whether new members are indeed gay men, all members on this platform are.
We do not have clear data on the race and ethnicity of Squirt users. But from its landing page, it appears that Squirt provides cruising services across the globe. Cruising refers to the act of moving around, looking for a partner.
Anyone, regardless of their religion, is allowed to join Squirt so long as they are gay men.
So, how much does it cost to use Squirt? Upon registration, users are free members who have plenty of access, but to get the best experience, you might have to invest.
Free members are given slightly more access to this site compared to other dating platforms. Everyone starts as a free member and can access the following features:
Keep in mind that these are daily limits, meaning that free users could technically find dates by working around these limitations. This allows them to use Squirt without paying a single penny.
Even if you can technically find dates as a free member, we recommend you get a premium subscription if you plan to continue using Squirt services for a long time. You will access the following features if you do:
As you can see, Squirt does offer its paying users many features. But more importantly, how much should they pay to get all of these? Surprisingly, not that much. There is only one type of membership plan, although users have five durations to choose from 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months. The price is $4 for the 1-week plan, $9, $8, $6, and $5 per month for the 1, 3, 6, and 12-month plans, respectively.
This is perhaps the best price you will ever get for so many features. Of course, the best value would be the 12-month plan that would cost you only $5 per month. That translates into about 15 cents per day, which is almost nothing.
Keep in mind that you will be charged once every billing cycle, meaning that you will pay $60 per year if you pay for the 12-month plan. If you go for the 6-month plan, you will be charged $72 every 6 months. Billing is automatic, so that is one less thing to keep track of.
Payment options include credit card, direct credit, and direct pay.
Similar to deleting your account, canceling your subscription will be a bit tricky. This is one downside of this dating platform because they could’ve made things so much easier. To cancel your subscription, you must email customer support (we will provide their email at the end of this article).
Since there is no way to turn off auto-billing, you will have to email them nice and early. That way, the customer support team has enough time for canceling your membership before the clock ticks over, and you are charged once more.
Everyone’s biggest concern is whether a dating platform is safe to use. You have nothing to worry about on Squirt because they did not pull any punches when it comes to security. Right from the start, we are greeted by the little padlock icon next to the URL, which means that all users’ connections are protected by SSL encryption. That means that whatever data you are sending to Squirt is completely protected against hijackers who want to intercept and steal it.
Privacy is also top-notch. All personal information shared on Squirt will be kept confidential and will not be shared with a third party. This is per standard, so we have nothing to complain about here.
What about the profile system? Squirt keeps things simple, with a few intuitive features in place. Aside from basic personal information that users should fill out, Squirt allows uploading pictures and videos as well. We recommend you upload regularly so that others know that you are still active. Besides, pictures help tell others about your character.
What is interesting is that they have a “Score Card” system. This is a member review system. Other users can come in and comment on their impressions about you. This tells other people on the site whether you would be a good time or not. Having more positive reviews means that others can get a clear idea of your personality, and this increases your chance of getting replies from other users.
This system also works to prevent scammers from getting into the site because they will get negative reviews. Other users will heed the warning and will just ignore them. This discourages many scamming attempts.
Next, let’s talk about how easy it is for users to get around Squirt. We created a test account and went in there to get a feel for the site layout. And we were pleasantly surprised. They keep everything accessible and easy to understand, even for those who are not experienced with dating sites. Every single button and option is conveniently and thoughtfully placed so that users do not have to look for when searching for the thing they need.
When it comes to looks, they decided to go for the suggestive aesthetic of red and black. The overall look is a bit dated, but it does not look like this site is that old. We appreciate the dark theme with white fonts in certain places. While other pages have a large grey box with black texts, the whole look is easy and pleasing to the eye.
But let’s wind it back a bit and discuss what you should expect to see on the landing page. This is where all dating sites make their first impression, which lasts a lifetime. Squirt put their landing page together very well. Other than the pictures of men in suggestive outfits and login and register options, users can see more information about Squirt. Here, users will be provided all information about what Squirt is all about so that they know what to expect from this dating platform right from the start.
What is interesting is the “Frequently Asked Questions” section at the bottom of the page. Here, users can find answers to all the questions that they may have about Squirt. This is a special thing because most dating sites are not as forthcoming with how they work. The fact that Squirt puts this right on the landing page is a rare sight.
They provided guides on how users can set up their profiles, among many other things that help new users get started. They provide extensive explanations of their features and policies as well. So new users can find out everything they need about Squirt even before they register.
Squirt works like any other dating platform. To find other users, you should use the search function. This system works by taking the criteria you specify, suggesting profiles that match those criteria based on the information those users put into their profiles. For this reason, we recommend you provide as much accurate detail about yourself as possible because it will help other users find you.
Of course, online dating would not be so convenient if the provider did not have a dedicated mobile application. Their biggest selling point is convenience, after all. Some providers created mobile-optimized sites that you can access using your browser on your mobile phone, but that is a very lazy solution.
Squirt provides only the best experience for its users. For this reason, they have created their mobile application. It is compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones, and you can get it for free. The experience is as seamless as its desktop site counterpart, so you can continue to find dates even when you are out and about.
But if Squirt does not strike your fancy and you want something on the same level as this, we have a few recommendations for you:
Summing it up, Squirt impressed us with the wide variety of features and systems that were hidden under the hood. While the overall aesthetics is rather unassuming, they have impressed us with what they have to offer. This dating platform works.
Users should find people they want to hang out with very easily thanks to their advanced and intuitive search system. The chat system is simple yet effective with its text, voice, and video chat features.
The overall design is well-crafted with every button accessible no more than a few clicks away, saving you precious time in navigation. This helps users focus on the things that matter – finding dates. The security is top-notch, so we have nothing to complain about here.
All of that, coupled with a very low price, makes Squirt a very promising dating platform for gay people indeed. If you want to find the perfect site to find other gay men in your area, we highly recommend you give Squirt a shot.