Skout Success: Julius

Julius lives in the United States but is interested in Asian culture. So when he joined Skout a few months ago, Julius used the Travel feature to virtually visit Seoul, Korea.

“I have talked to so many different people and made some awesome online friends,” Julius told us. “Not only that, but I have got a few romantic interests, as a result!”

Skout Travel lets you chat with new people all over the world!

Skout Travel lets you chat with new people all over the world!

To make new friends, Julius used Skout Travel to “visit” Seoul, where he posted on the local Buzz and commented on Skouters’ posts as well. He also looked up interesting profiles on the Meet page.

“I think posting in Buzz really helped a lot, because they were able to see a bit of my personality,” says Julius.

While he hasn’t made concrete plans to meet any of his new friends in person yet, it’s something Julius is working toward. For now, he’s content to continue using Skout Travel.

“Every time I use the Travel feature, I make at least one new friend,” Julius says. “It really has allowed me to find the something different that brought me to Skout in the first place.”

Skout #Swag Winners!

We asked the Skout community to post their swaggiest pics to Buzz, hashtagged #swag. Then we chose our favorites to win a bunch of Skout swag!

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Find these Skouters by their SkoutIDs so you can see the rest of their swaggy posts!

Skout Success: Yvonne and Scott

Neither Yvonne nor Scott had ever been on an app for meeting new people before joining Skout.

Yvonne says she was unsure about trying Skout, but she “took a chance, and it was worth it!”

Five years ago, Yvonne and Scott found each other with Skout’s Meet feature.

“We hit it off straight away,” says Yvonne.

Scott and Yvonne

Scott and Yvonne

Scott and Yvonne chatted on Skout for six months before meeting in person, “and it was worth the wait,” Yvonne says.

Now – five years after that first Skout chat – Scott and and Yvonne are engaged.

“Thank you, Skout, for making me meet the man of my dreams!”

Please tell us about the friends you’ve made on Skout, successstories@skout.com, and we may share your tale on the Skout Blog AND award you 500 Points!

Skout Success: Pongchuwala and Friends

When Pongchuwala joined Skout, she says she was too shy to chat.

“I’m a girl with a few words,” she told us.

But then Pongchuwala highlighted her profile on Feature Me, and she virtually visited cities all over the world with Skout Travel.

“I'm the weirdo in the middle,” says Pongchuwala, with her friends Potterhead and Juan Miguel.

“I’m the weirdo in the middle,” says Pongchuwala, with her friends Potterhead and Juan Miguel.

“I started to meet people both local and international,” says Pongchuwala. She found Skouters with whom she shares interests on Buzz and Meet People, and they stayed up late chatting.

While Pongchuwala says she plans to meet some of her new friends in the future, for now she uses Skout more than any other app to keep in touch with people online.

Have you made a friend on Skout? Please tell us at successstories@skout.com, and we may share your tale on the Skout Blog AND award you 500 Points!

Skout Tips: Why Are Some Images Blurred in Chat?

There are many ways to connect with new people on Skout, including chatting one-on-one. In Skout, you can send text chats, audio messages as well as images.

You may be wondering: Why are some pictures sent through Chat blurred?

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Pictures sent through Chat are blurred:

  1. If sent by a Skouter whom you have not favorited.
  2. If sent by a Skouter whom you have not friended.

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Pictures sent through Chat are NOT blurred:

  1. If sent by a Skouter whom you have favorited.
  2. If sent by a Skouter whom you have friended.

Not sure how to favorite or friend a Skouter? Tap here to learn how!

Please help keep the Skout community safe by reporting any inappropriate pictures. Reporting Chat pictures is easy – just follow the steps below.

How to Report Inappropriate Chat Pics

Android

  1. In the Chat window, tap the three vertical dots to the right of the bell icon.
  2. Select “Report.”
  3. Pick from the list of reporting reasons.
  4. Tap “OK.”
  5. You can also block this user by tapping “Block User.”

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iPhone

  1. Scroll to the top of the Chat.
  2. Tap “Report User.”
  3. Pick from the list of reporting reasons.
  4. Tap “Done.”
  5. You can also block this user by tapping “Block User.”

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Happy National Friendship Week! Skouters Say How Far They’d Go for Friends

Would you go to an event you’re not into just because a friend asked you?

Would you go to an event you’re not into just because a friend asked you?

How far would you go for your friends? We all think we’d do anything for friendship, but is there a line you just won’t cross?

To celebrate National Friendship Week – August 16-22 – almost 1,500 Skouters told us which wild things they’d do for their friends. Highlights from Skout’s National Friendship Week survey include:

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Friends are honest, even if you don’t want to hear it.
Ninety-two percent of people would tell their friend if they were wearing a questionable outfit.

Waxing – it’s not just for the pros!
Eighty-four percent of women are willing to help a friend when it comes to hair removal, whereas 54 percent of men say they’d help a friend with “manscaping.”

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Car trouble? Call a friend.
Ninety-two percent of people would drop whatever they are doing to help a friend with a broken-down car.

Friends say they can spare a kidney.
Eighty-one percent of people are willing to donate their kidney to a friend in need, if they are a match.

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Friends will support your taste in music, even if they hate it.
Seventy-seven percent of people will go see a friend’s favorite pop band, even if they can’t stand that group’s music.

Friends will help you move – even if that means missing the biggest sporting event of the year!
Seventy-seven percent of people would help a friend move, even if it were on the same day as the most popular football game of the year.

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Besties before beers.
Fifty-nine percent of people are willing to skip alcoholic beverages themselves in support of a friend who’s on the wagon.

Friends will jump out of a plane for friendship.
Fifty-six percent of people would find a way to overcome a fear of heights if a good friend wanted to go skydiving.

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Friends make the purrfect cat-sitters.
More than half – 55 percent! – of people are willing to cat-sit for a friend, even if they are allergic to cats!

How far is too far to go for a friend? Here are a few limitations Skouters cited:

Matching tattoos: Less than half – 46 percent – of people said they would be open to getting matching tattoos with a good friend.

Breaking up with a new flame: Just 39 percent of people say they would break up with a boyfriend or girlfriend because their good friend didn’t like him or her.

Moving to a new city with a friend: Only 38 percent of people would consider moving to a different city to follow their friend.


NEW FRIENDSHIP WEEK BUDDIES NOW IN SKOUT GIFT STORE!

Some friendships go together like milk and cookies or pineapples and coconuts.

To celebrate National Friendship Week, Skout created a bunch of Friendship Week Buddies for you to send to your Skout besties. Each day of National Friendship Week — August 17-21 — Skout is making one Friendship Week Buddy FREE for you to give to your Skout friends. So be sure to check the Skout Gift Store every day to see which Buddy is free!

BFF having a bad day? Milk and cookies can save the day! Does your gal pal need a shoulder to cry on? Give her wine and cheese! Love talking football with a friend? Give that person a hot dog and mustard!

Tap here to learn how to give a Friendship Week Buddy to a Skouter. And tap here to learn how far Skouters say they’d go for their friends.

Take a look at the new Friendship Week Buddies in the Skout Gift Store:

One of these new Friendship Week Buddies will be FREE each day during National Friendship Week, August 17-21!

One of these new Friendship Week Buddies will be FREE each day during National Friendship Week, August 17-21!


Take Skout’s quiz to find out which famous friend is the best match for you!

Win Skout #Swag

You like posting on Buzz. Now you can win cool prizes for your unique Buzz posts!

Add your swaggiest pic to Buzz with #swag. We’ll pick the best pic, and you may win Skout swag!

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How to Change Your Skout Search

Do you want to meet new friends nearby or chat with people all over the country – even the world? Skout lets you set your search parameters whenever you want!

Change your search to find Skouters to chat with!

Change your search to find Skouters to chat with!

  1. Open Skout.
  2. Tap on Meet People, and you’ll see all the Skouters who meet your current search criteria.
  3. Tap the globe below the Feature Me bar.
  4. Here you can edit your settings to whether you want to meet men, women or both as well as an age range and proximity to your location.
  5. Once your settings are updated, scroll through the profiles for interesting people and start chatting!

Tales of a Global Friendship Ambassador: Skout’s POV

For the first time, Skout brought on a summer intern, but not just any summer intern – Corey was our Global Friendship Ambassador. You can read all about Corey’s Skout adventures here, but Jane, Skout’s director of marketing, would like to tell you about the benefits of hiring an intern.

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Corey and Jane

If you think an intern is only useful for bringing you coffee, then you’re missing out on a big opportunity. Hiring an intern is a win-win situation – the intern learns real-life job skills, and the company has young brains to pick, all summer long.

Here is what Skout gained from having college sophomore Corey around.

Community feedback in real time. Corey was a Skouter long before he became our Global Friendship Ambassador, so he was a great person to bounce questions off of regarding Skout and its features. As a member of Skout’s target demographic, Corey was able to shed light on the behaviors of the Skout community.

“It is easy for generations to be stereotyped, and having those authentic conversations creates such a more meaningful picture,” said product manager Grace.

Up-to-speed on latest technology. New apps and tech debut all the time, and it’s challenging to keep up on all of it. But Corey was able to contribute the younger perspective, so we were able to narrow what new tech we should focus on.

Bright and enthusiastic! Ever feel jaded at work? Hang around an intern.

“It was refreshing having Corey and that bright-eyed perspective on life from a 19-year-old vantage point,” said Grace.

Skout put Corey through an intense program, where he was embedded in different departments during the course of six weeks. And he approached every task with a fresh mind and therefore produced new ideas.

Skout misses Corey already, so we’re already looking to make next year’s Global Friendship Ambassador even better.

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