Part social network, part dating service, Bristlr has become the world’s favourite beard-centric app.
Started as something of a joke in October 2014 by then-28 year old John Kershaw, Bristlr has now created more than half a million connections between those with beards, and those who want to stroke them. The app has grown into a fully fledged and feature rich dating service used in more than 100 cities around the world.
Bristlr is available on the web at bristlr.com, and as a free Android and iOS app.
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Bristlr is powered by M14 Industries, the platform that allows anyone to have their own dating app.
Bristlr, described by many as the "Tinder for beards", is an app for finding people you might like to meet up with.
Instead of asking if you're single or taken, or looking for men or women, Bristlr simply asks you if you have a beard. You can find people near you who either have beards, or are looking to meet people with beards.
If two people like each other, they are free to exchange messages.
Bristlr provides a beard-rating option, so you can find out how well a potential date's beard ranks compared to other bearded locals.
As well as a love for beards, Bristlr is also notable for its "Lothario detector" which alerts people if an incoming message has been copied and sent to other people too.
Users of Bristlr also enjoy the app's filtering system which lets you be as precise as you want when browsing, a daily matches feature giving you new faces every day, a hide option (with a built-in, and free, undo), and a part of your bio only readable by your matches.
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Bristlr was created by John Kershaw (pictured above in the blue top), 30, who lives in Manchester (UK) and who came up with the idea whilst procrastinating at work. Prior to creating a beard-related social network he was a freelance software developer.