DList will be closing our big gay doors on December 31, 2011.

We've had a lot of fun hanging out with everyone these past years, but all good things must come to an end.

Some of you may be thrilled we're leaving (jerks!) and others may be sad (we're sorry!), but we'd like to answer some of your questions.

Why we are going away?

DList started back in 2006, when the world of social networking was still in its infancy. was still exclusively for college students and had limited privacy options. was booming but if you didn't want to be totally out to everyone you were out of luck. There were very limited options for gay guys to be themselves online—places where you could freely discuss your late trysts, random crushes, and anything else about your as a gay man, from the mundane to the most fascinating.

Fast forward to the end of 2011. Facebook has more than 800 million users, including your mom, your boss, some childhood friends, and just about everyone else you encounter. They've even added somewhat decent privacy filters so that you can be your best and worst self to different crowds of people in your life. While MySpace is practically dead, new social networking experiences like and have entered the game and flourished. And, well, there just isn't as much of a need anymore for DList. Two other large, exclusively gay social sites have closed their doors over the past year too, and we don't think it's a coincidence. Without as much interest or need, we just can't keep the community going as a vital, vibrant, sexy and fun place to express yourself. And no one wants to be a bore.

Now what?

So here comes the difficult part: The time has come where we have to shut the off at DList headquarters. Don't panic! We'll provide you with a sufficient amount of time to trade contact information and say your goodbyes to one another. Additionally, IM will no longer function. So post whatever you want to the bulletin board or your profile. Go to town. Have fun. Be crazy. (Just don't be mean.)

via DList