What is Gay Party Life? Gay Party Life (GPL) is a new website designed and operated by LGBT people, for LGBT people. We are dedicated to providing the most comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date guide of Gay and Gay Friendly establishments available on the net today. We will also be providing news, tips, advice and trends about and for the LGBT community. We are building a network of news sources, bloggers and columnists both in-house and from some of the most trusted sources in the world. We are continuing to build our database of LGBT and LGBT friendly businesses throughout the world.
What kind of places are listed in the GPL database? As of the date this is being written, there are over 2,500 places from over 60 countries in our database. These include clubs, bars, restaurants, resorts, hotels, spas, pride celebrations, film festivals, community organizations, retail stores, networking websites and much more. Our list is growing every day.
What makes GPL different from all the other LGBTQA sites out there? While many sites were set up years ago and never updated, GPL gathers information about places listed in our database from multiple sources such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, Yelp, Foursquare, and others IN REAL TIME and presents that information in a single, easy to navigate page. This means that you are always seeing the latest information. If your favorite club added a Facebook event this morning, you will see it on their GPL page now!
How are places selected to be listed on GPL? There are a number of ways that places were selected for inclusion on the GayPartyLife site. Visitors and business owners can suggest a place for inclusion on the site. We also receive recommendations from our business associates, including several national and international LGBT publications, major adult beverage manufacturers and from hundreds of Facebook and Twitter users. In addition, the GPL crawler is constantly searching the internet as well as several social media outlets for candidates.
My favorite place isn't listed, how can I get it added? It's simple, just click here or the "Suggest a Place" link on our front page. Please provide us with as much information as you can. We'll check it out, get the rest of the info, and get them added to GPL as soon as possible!
Why does GPL want me to log in using Facebook? There are a couple reasons for this. First, there are a lot of places in the world where certain types of information (such as listings that refer to alcohol, bars, LGBT events, etc) are restricted by age and sometimes location. Because we receive information from Facebook (along with a number of other sources), we use your Facebook sign in to verify your age and location. Secondly, the information is used so that settings you choose on GPL are maintained so you don't have to repeat your choices for things like location and search parameters, etc. Finally, we are in the process of adding the ability for users to rate and comment on places within our database as well as join and comment in our soon to be added user forums. The Facebook login will allow you to participate everywhere on GPL.
If I do sign in with Facebook, what do you do with my information? The short answer is, not a thing. We do not share, sell, trade or otherwise provide any personal information to anyone. You will not get any emails from us (unless you specifically sign up for our newsletter). We will not show up at your house, your school or your job. We promise never to sit next to you on a bus, train or plane (unless, of course, it's the only seat left and even then we will pretend not to know you). We will not shriek your name and run up & hug you if we see you out in public. Your information is safe and secure with us.
If my business is listed on GPL, how much is this going to cost me? Not a thing!! Inclusion on the GayPartyLife site is absolutely free!
What do I have to do to keep my listing up to date? Again, not a thing!! That, to me, is one of the best parts of the Gay Party Life site! We gather information, in real time, from sources all over the internet including Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Yelp, Google, and Google+ and combine all that into a single page for each listed business on GayPartyLife.com! In other words, if you change your hours or specials or even your address on Facebook, GayPartyLife.com will reflect those changes almost instantly. In fact, if you use Facebook to schedule events, those events will also appear on your page (and link directly back to your event page) so your customers can attend! When you change your cover photo on Facebook, it also changes on GayPartyLife.com!!
So what do you want from me? While you don't need to do anything, there are a couple things that would be very helpful to us and, I believe, very beneficial to you! First, please take a look at your page and make sure we have everything listed correctly. While we literally viewed every site and built our database by hand and even visited a large number of places in person, accidents will happen. We may have picked up the wrong twitter account, you may have created a new Facebook page, or something similar. If you spot something wrong, you can click the "edit info / claim page" link on your page to suggest changes. While you're there, we would appreciate you filling in the contact info so you can take "ownership" of your page. (Contact info is never shared or viewable on the page.)
We would also appreciate it if you would like us on Facebook (we'll like you back!!) and if you're so inclined, follow us on Twitter (same deal, we'll follow you back) and add us to your circles on Google+.
Lastly, if you operate a website, there should be a link on your GPL page to your website (along with links to your Facebook page, Foursquare and Yelp pages and your Twitter page as well), and we would appreciate it if you would add a link to your GayPartyLife page on your website. To do so, just click on the "Get Place Links" link on your page to see the various icons or banners. We've even generated the HTML code for you, so all you need to do is "cut and paste" it on to your web page and you're done! (We even supply the appropriate graphic so you don't need to download anything!!)
Well that's about it. We tried to make it as simple and painless as possible. We look forward to working with you to help build your business and a stronger LGBT community worldwide!!