Although the company has initiated a doubling down on mobile, the experience of users like Riccardo might suggest another path to profitability. The almost decade-old Couchsurfing, which is available in 100,000 cities across the globe, is becoming the go-to hookup app for a certain class of young world travelers.Bloggers like Maverick Traveler will help you spot the “8 Signs of a Slutty Couch Surfer Girl” by decoding her profile, and female-centric advice site You Queen has even offered tips on “How to Use Couch Surfing as a Dating Site and Get Away with It.” Meanwhile, a site called Couch Bangs.com, which declares that “Couchsurfing isn’t just for Couchsurfing,” offers a forum for proud couch-cuddlers to share their experiences via short posts with titles like “French Girl in Istanbul” and “Brazilian Girl in New York.” Couch Surfing’s Community Guidelines explicitly warn against contacting other members for dating, noting, “we will consider this harassment” — albeit without stipulating what the penalties are for violating this rule.
Some countries are just “more open to experiences”, Trifinov suggests of the not-quite-booming British adoption rate.
It is not taking advantage of people’s sexuality, it’s not abusing anybody by generating fake users, or trying to acquire as many women as possible.
The core mission of the company is to have equality.” With this ethos, the company is keen to remain upfront about the service it provides.
In an email interview, the site’s interim CEO Jen Billock told Business Insider that “members are ...