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He hasn't gone on any Bristlr dates yet but has plans for a few meet-ups. Another user, Liz in Brooklyn, New York, met a guy for beers and burgers, and says she's even run into two ex-boyfriends on the service.
Users can also search for people by words in their profiles and set their geographic range for matches to as wide as "global."Indeed, many users tell they've been chatting up people far from home.Around 4,000 people are active on the service each day, 47 percent of whom register as having beards.Kershaw says he gets some money from merchandise and donations, but that barely covers the cost of his morning coffee.A dating website called launched in June 2011 as a site "for guys with beards, who are looking for prospective dates that are into the scruff." And in December 2014, went live as "a community and dating site for beard growers and those who love them." Its other tagline: "Where beardies meet beauties."Lumbermatch creator Kevin Gillem, a married, 33-year-old air traffic controller who lives in California, says his site evolved from a Twitter account he made last fall, @Tru Lumbersexual.On Twitter, he posted photos of men with impressive beards and soon had women contacting him, asking where they could find such men. Most of Lumbermatch's 4,000 users are women, Gillem says, and in their early to mid-20s. Gillem adds that he learned of Bristlr only after launching his own site.