It’s Skout! And if though it’s new to me, apparently it’s been around for a while. It was founded in 2007 by Nicklas Lindstrom, Chief Technology Officer, and Christian Wiklund, Chief Executive Officer.
The app was originally launched as a social media mobile application, however two years after its creation it was re-launched as a dating application due to the fact that 80% of people who had installed it were already using Skout for that purpose. Just like every “friends” app pretty much
Skout has raised $22 million in venture capital since its inception from major players in the field of technology, including former VIPs of AOL, and other CEOs of important international companies. Its significant feature that makes it so popular is that it locates other singles in a user’s general area and helps connect people by GPS.
Features of Skout
When Skout is installed on a user’s mobile device and opened for the first time, there is no need to go through a long profile creation because they can sign in with their Facebook or Google Plus account login and add their contacts. Members earn 25 Skout points for every contact they add from these accounts, which can be used within the application itself.
Within minutes, a person will usually receive notifications about who is available within their area to chat, when logging into the application a person can literally be contacted and engaged in a pleasant conversation within minutes based on personal experiences trying this app.
Skout is free to use, but also offers paid VIP memberships through its $2.99 app called Skout+. The Menu in Skout is simple there is a Chat option, a Shake to Chat option, a Wink Bomb feature, the ability to send gifts, favorite people and see who has favorite you or checked you out. A wink bomb is a flirt that is sent out to up to 500 members within your general location. Gifts are an item that can be purchased and sent to your favorite members.
Skout is an international company, with about 30 percent of its audience base in the United States. The app originally launched on Apple devices, and then was released on Android mobile devices and tablets at a later date.
Fuse is a new chat application created by Skout in 2014 that has a neat concept. A conversation is started and people have 3 to 10 minutes to respond to the conversation before the fuse runs out. Users have the option to ‘Ghost’ a conversation, which means they can choose to participate but remain anonymous. Fuse was created as a separate app from Skout so that the original application would not get bogged down. When one conversation in Fuse ends, you can jump into a new conversation. Fuse is promoted in the original Skout application, as is their other new app, Nixter.
Nixter is another app launched in 2014 from Skout which focuses on connecting people with the nightlife events happening around town. It operates based on Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York but the application was originally created in Chile, and then purchased by Skout for an undisclosed amount of cash and stocks. The app helps users purchase tickets to events, look up VIP guest lists and events in these three major cities.
If you’re Tindered out like I am, Skout will be a nice change of pace. Give it a try.