Welcome to Queer Fudanshi. Let’s Talk. Today, we’re going to talk about Radar.TV.
Radar.TV is relatively new app, created this year, that you can get on IOS or Andriod. The app offers a free live streaming service. Anyone who signs up can start a stream on the spot and connect with the world. In addition, this live streaming app is LGBT focused and the only one in existence with that goal. The app tries to connect LGBT people and is promoting the idea of sharing different Queer walks of life and providing a place to find LGBT representation on the internet.
I was asked by the PR department to review this app (but not paid so this isn’t a sponsored post). Afterwards, I checked it out and I was like, “Yeah!” The app seems interesting and I felt compelled to give it a try.
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The Foolishness and Complaints
When I first got into Radar.TV I immediately had some issues with it. First, the “pick your gender” feature seemed interesting because it was so dynamic. At first, I worried that it meant I could only watch streams by gay men. Eventually, I found out that wasn’t the case, but this then brings out the worry to me that the proportion of gay male to every other member of LGBT streamers is horribly skewed.
In addition, there was plenty of foolishness going on. My first look after picking my gender was two shots of shirtless dudes. Not a good way to differentiate from more “mature” streaming sites. In fact, there were several shirtless dudes and several dudes acting ridiculously. One guy was acting a fool, while shirtless, to get views. He was thrusting and shaking his butt in front of the camera. Next, there was a boy who looked like he was 15 (if that) dancing on his stream. Then, I found a dude live streaming on the set of MTV’s Teen Wolf, which was cool, but I’m pretty sure that was some kind of contract violation.
In addition, this app KILLS battery. Just in 5-10 mins I lost 10-20% of my battery space.
Where it Clicked
That said, it wasn’t all bad. I found one guy who was more conversational. He tried to build more of a community. He was funny and friendly. Honestly, I was just popping in and out of streams to check out what people were like and this guy made me stay. He welcomed me, he mispronounced my account name, I said it’s ok, we laughed, I ended up staying for 40+ minutes.
This guy even called me out later for being a stream lurker and not saying anything. He was nice, sociable, honest and I am glad to have clicked on his stream. If you guys wanna check him out, get the app and search for TheGayBestie or go to his website.
The Good and Bad
It was then that I got pulled into Radar.TV. I think that shows the difference in the characters that can be found on this app. You can find the cool and calm people or you can find the over-the-top, looking for attention type of people. Sadly, it seems the latter are the types who get the most attention. (Shirtless butt shaker had the highest ranked account for that day). With that in mind, finding the right people that click for you, just like on Youtube, is the key.
Ultimately, I think this app is both good and bad for different reasons. You can find a new form of community and find those community leaders through interesting and dynamic streamers. That is what Radar.TV says it offers in the first place. That said, of course the app can be used by people who make it into another waste-of-space cam site.
That said, if this app can escape that future it can become something with true value. Besides new personalities finding a resource to shine, this app could be a great place for LGBT celebrities to connect with their fans. Radar.TV could really become an easy app to find a sense of LGBT community. Hell, it could become the virtual LGBT community center.
I feel like this app can only be what the users make it. Either you can have those community leaders who are personable or you can have those attention seekers. Keep in mind, what I didn’t like in a stream is considered gold by somebody else.
Overall, do I think you have to check out this app? No. That said, if this review piqued your interest go ahead and check it out. Try different streams and find one you like. You can find someone to follow and find a little community in that. That’s what this app is trying to help you do in the first place.
My rating for Radar.TV is 3 stars out of 5 (keep in mind, depending on the streamer that rating can go up or down). What’s yours?