A new location-based social networking and dating app has emerged and is commanding a strong presence in the app world. Although Skout was launched in 2013, its status is climbing the charts quickly a year later. Touting an interface similar to Facebook with a revolutionary “Shake to Chat” feature, could this be the future of social networking and dating apps?
Currently, Skout is reporting over 100 million downloads with a thriving social network of friends and flings. Its growing network is what’s allowing it to remain one of the most active networks on the market. With a strong community, users are able to sign in at any time of the day and find new buddies to chat with and more. In addition, its location-based technology allows users to meet each other (with permission). There have been (and still are) many apps with location-based technology built into the system, however, with a healthy community like Skout’s, it’s no wonder why its popularity has skyrocketed. However, its dynamic community isn’t the only thing boosting its demand.
One of the coolest and most unique things about Skout is its “Shake to Chat” feature. Just by shaking your device, you’re able to form a random encounter with another community member around the globe. At which point, you’re able to view their profile, chat, flirt, share pictures, and utilize its location technology if you choose. This feature is engaging and very cleverly designed to have users interact physically with the app for a totally new experience. Shaking the app easily becomes addictive after a few tries (Especially after meeting an interesting user).
Moreover, the app constantly inspires interaction, unlike what you would find even on Twitter. As you interact with the app and the community, you find that you’re able to like, comment, send gifts, send photos, and much more (quite similar to Facebook). With all of these options available, it’s a little tough not to talk to a stranger and explore the idea of meeting new people through the app. Furthermore, many activities Skout provides require points. This currency drives constant interaction with the application, so it’s tough to ever put it down. These points can be spent on various items such as finding out who has viewed your profile, sending winks, or viewing private backstage photos.
The best way to describe Skout is: Facebook, Instagram, and Tinder combined. Especially now that they offer full Fuse integration. It contains all of the best parts of every layout and feature. Skout’s user interface is very clean and simple to use. Right after downloading it, you’re able to log in with your Facebook credentials for quick access. Afterwards, it automatically syncs with your Facebook friends so you know who else uses Skout. You’re also given the option of using your phone contacts to add to your connections. Almost immediately you’re able to find new people to talk to because it’s too easy.
Skout gets 5 stars in my book because it’s easy and fun to use, has a growing community, and is addictive to use. Just check out what people are saying on the Facebook page.