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Skouters are about much more than selfies — check out Skout ID: Forexy! She wins 500 Points for showing us the fun she had meeting this dolphin! We asked Skouters to post images to Buzz, tagged #DoFun. We then chose our favorite to win 500 Points.

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Skout Named Among Best Travel Friendship Apps

“With a wide community of users, chances are high that you’ll meet someone appealing, for whatever reason you’re seeking out new friends.”

Meet interesting strangers in the cities you visit. Photo by Hannah Cho CC.

Meet interesting strangers in the cities you visit. Photo by Hannah Cho CC.

You’re never alone when you’re traveling with Skout. Checkin, Trivago’s travel blog, knows that and included Skout on its list of must-have travel friendship apps. Tap here to read the full post.

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Tales of a Global Friendship Ambassador, Week 4: San Francisco Tour

Corey, Skout's Global Friendship Ambassador

Corey, Skout’s Global Friendship Ambassador

Corey is entering his sophomore year at Lynchburg College in Virginia, where he studies criminology. He likes going to the beach, watching movies and listening to music. During his internship at Skout, Corey wants to check out the San Francisco dining scene and explore historical landmarks. Tune in to the Skout Blog for Corey’s updates each week, and add him on Skout, too (SkoutID: corepowww)!

For my fourth week at Skout, I went on a tour of San Francisco! Nikki, Skout’s community marketing manager, accompanied me. We toured by bus and boat. Talk about exploring!

Nikki and Corey.

Nikki and Corey.

The bus came to pick us up around 8:15 in the morning in front of a hotel. I met up with Nikki, who had coffee and pastries for us. Then we boarded the bus to start our long – but fun! – tour.

View of San Francisco from Twin Peaks.

View of San Francisco from Twin Peaks.

The bus drove through many popular areas of San Francisco like Pacific Heights and Haight-Ashbury. We also got to stop at Twin Peaks, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Sutro Baths. I wasn’t too fond of Twin Peaks because I didn’t like how high up we were. To make that matter worse, the bus we were on wouldn’t go in reverse, and we were stuck for about five minutes! Despite my fear of heights, it was really cool to see the city from that perspective.

Golden Gate Bridge.

Golden Gate Bridge.

I really liked the Golden Gate Bridge because it’s one of the most famous structures in San Francisco, and I was so glad to see it with my own eyes. It was so windy up there!

View of Sutro Baths ruins.

View of Sutro Baths ruins.

The Sutro Baths were really interesting, especially since I had never heard of them. The Baths were a popular attraction in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It was a building that housed many pools that varied in temperature and size. Eventually, the house lost popularity and was bought in order to turn into an apartment complex, until a fire destroyed almost all of it in the late 1960s. Nikki and I saw a small portion of what was left from that disaster.

View of Alcatraz from the boat.

View of Alcatraz from the boat.

After we rode through all of San Francisco, we took a boat tour of Alcatraz and a tour of the Golden Gate Bridge. Alcatraz was my favorite place to visit. It’s so interesting how the worst criminals were all congregated on this one island so close to the city, yet far from civilization. I would have lost my mind if I had to stay in Alcatraz.

The iconic In-N-Out sign.

The iconic In-N-Out sign.

The boat tour only lasted for about an hour. We ended our day of tourism with food from In-N-Out. The burgers there are so good!

I’m glad to have had a tour of San Francisco, and since I love history, I’m happy I got to learn more about this city.

Stay tuned for my next post!

What else has Corey been up to? Catch up on his Skout adventures!

Skout Success: Vanessa and Alexis

“My name is Vanessa, and I found love on your app. I know, it sounds crazy, but it’s true, and I feel the need to tell you our story.”

Vanessa and Alexis.

Vanessa and Alexis.

Two years ago, Vanessa’s sister persuaded her to download Skout. And two months later, Alexis noticed her on Meet People.

“He made the first contact,” Vanessa told us. “He was sweet, starting off with a ‘Good morning, beautiful,’ or something to that extent.

“He was very handsome, so why not reach out?”

Alexis and Vanessa hit it off immediately, even though Alexis lived in New York City, while Vanessa was in Boston. They started off chatting in Skout, then exchanged phone numbers and eventually upgraded to video chatting.

Vanessa flew out to meet Alexis a few months after they’d started chatting on Skout. What’d been intended as an introductory visit turned in to a one-way ticket.

Alexis and Vanessa.

Alexis and Vanessa.

“We hit it off immediately in person, much like we did on the app,” says Vanessa. “We’ve been inseparable since.”

Now Alexis and Vanessa are going on their second anniversary.

“We’re far from perfect, but we’re perfect for each other,” Vanessa says.

Do you have a friend you’ve made on Skout? Please tell us at successstories@skout.com, and if we post your story on the Skout Blog, we’ll give you 500 Points!

Tales of a Skout Global Friendship Ambassador, Week 3: L.A. Video Shoot

Corey, Skout's Global Friendship Ambassador

Corey, Skout’s Global Friendship Ambassador

Corey is entering his sophomore year at Lynchburg College in Virginia, where he studies criminology. He likes going to the beach, watching movies and listening to music. During his internship at Skout, Corey wants to check out the San Francisco dining scene and explore historical landmarks. Tune in to the Skout Blog for Corey’s updates each week, and add him on Skout, too (SkoutID: corepowww)!

I’m halfway there! During my third week here at Skout, I got to experience something really cool: an actual video shoot in Los Angeles!

Accompanied by Jennifer, Skout’s social media manager, I flew to L.A. for a day of shooting a video for Skout. As I looked out of the airplane window, I saw the Staples Center! I see it all the time in movies, and it was interesting to see it in person because it looks just as big and bright as I expected it to be.

We arrived in L.A. around 10 p.m., and I was so exhausted. I couldn’t wait to get to the hotel and sleep!

The next day began at 7 a.m. I woke up, got dressed and had breakfast – eggs, sausage, and coffee – which was really good.

Palm trees at Loyola Marymount University.

Palm trees at Loyola Marymount University.

Then Jennifer and I took a taxi to the site where the video was to be shot – at Loyola Marymount University. We were greeted warmly by the production team, Paxeros Creative, and everyone involved. Everyone was so nice, and I felt right at home.

Skout stars selfie!

Skout stars selfie!

As soon as we arrived, everyone got into their places to begin filming. The campus was so cool! It is easily the most beautiful campus I’ve seen in a long time. I think palm trees are definitely growing on me. The actors and actresses were fun to be around and never lost spirit.

Behind the scenes of the video shoot.

Behind the scenes of the video shoot.

I wasn’t able to sightsee a lot because we were only there for that day, but we did have lunch in the city, and I saw a bunch of nice houses. The last thing I tried to see was the Hollywood sign, but we were so far from it we could barely see it on the mountain!

After most of the filming was done, we headed back to the airport to get back to San Francisco.

It was a great experience, and I’m glad I had a chance to go to L.A., even though it was a short visit. The filming went smoothly, and we were really pleased with all the footage shot and everyone’s cooperation during the shoot.

Stay tuned for my next blog, where I share my adventures of my tour around San Francisco!

What else has Corey been up to? Catch up on his Skout adventures!

Tales of a Skout Global Friendship Ambassador, Week 2: The Shoot

Corey, Skout's Global Friendship Ambassador

Corey, Skout’s Global Friendship Ambassador

Corey is entering his sophomore year at Lynchburg College in Virginia, where he studies criminology. He likes going to the beach, watching movies and listening to music. During his internship at Skout, Corey wants to check out the San Francisco dining scene and explore historical landmarks. Tune in to the Skout Blog for Corey’s updates each week, and add him on Skout, too (SkoutID: corepowww)!

My first week at Skout was amazing because I had the opportunity to get a feel for the company culture.

My second week, however, was even busier! I assisted with many different projects the marketing team was working on. The highlight of the week was the video shoot we did for International Kissing Day.

Some of the employees here at Skout brought in their own dogs, and we all had an opportunity to kiss them. Almost all of the dogs cooperated and licked us all over our faces and even in our noses! These were the most adorable dogs I’ve ever seen! Dogs who weren’t offering kisses had to be bribed with almond butter placed on our faces. I haven’t had much experience with pets, but I think I did pretty well; I’ve got a knack for sweet-talking animals.

Corey and Sid.

Corey and Sid.

After about an hour or two of filming, we got really good footage. Check out the completed video here!

Besides the video shoot, I attended a lot of meetings and learned countless things about the world of marketing. Marketing is a lot more interesting than I expected! Marketing encompasses things such as influencers and communicating with the community. My favorite part of marketing is coming up with interesting ideas and having the opportunity to implement some of those ideas. Nothing is ever as it seems.

Everyone likes the view from the Skout office.

Everyone likes the view from the Skout office.

One thing I’ve learned in this short time is that you won’t truly know if something is for you until you actually try it for yourself. Try something new – you may end up loving it!

Until next week!

What else has Corey been up to? Catch up on his Skout adventures!