Skout Fills The Void Between Dating App And Pen Pal
There are a ton of apps that promise to serve as some sort of social network, but the truth is that most of them just aren’t that effective. Either they suffer from a small user base or the interface just doesn’t lend itself to being easily navigated by users. One app that has managed to break through those problems is Skout, a mobile application that combines a social network with the ability to connect with locals in wherever you plan to be traveling.
The service boasts more than 10 million users and it includes the features that you would expect to see in a viable social network. Once you create a profile, you can “wink” at other users, contact them through messages or chats and “favorite” people you like. You’re then notified when your favorites come online and you can talk with them privately if you wish.
There are a number of ways to browse for other users and search the network. Users can use in-app points to bid to be included on a “Look at me” feature that puts their profile in front of more people. Other users can also be found by using a “buzz” feature that shows the most popular profiles with your friends or other social feeds.
But the big change for Skout came in 2014, when it rolled out a new travel feature that allows you to search and connect with other users by location. It’s possible for users to take virtual vacations in the area of their choice and some people are using it as a way to research areas where they plan to vacation or even relocate. Skout has also noticed an increasing number of users are connecting with local residents that they originally met through the app.
The travel feature is especially helpful because Skout is available in more than 180 countries and 14 languages. That breadth of user base means that just about where you can think about visiting, there is likely to be an active Skout group of users who can give you the local’s take on what’s hot. They use Skout to connect with locals and with any luck find someone who can be both a guide and a possible romantic partner.
All of this makes Skout one of the best ways to explore the world and meet new people. Which is really the best definition of a social network.