Skout Has a Photo Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Skout’s Fall/Autumn Contest winner! We challenged Skouters to post a photo for autumn with the hashtag #SkoutOn. It could be anything: leaves changing colors, Halloween scenery, the end of warm days — whatever people consider showcases the changing of the seasons.

This photo by Skout ID kzykzy is the Buzz Post winner:


And this photo by Skout ID kerang02 is the Social Media Post winner:


Winners of the Fall/Autumn Contest will each get a deposit of 500 Points into their Skout accounts. Points are good in the Gift Store, unlocking Backstage Photos, and seeing who’s checked your Skout profile.

Keep an eye out for Chats by the Official Skouter, who has more contests coming up!

Skout Success: GEB For a Cause

Geo woke up one morning recently and did what he always does first thing: He logged on to Skout to check the local Buzz in Manila. This particular morning, one post caught his eye: Jenny – whose Skout ID is jennyfromtheblock – was calling out for help, as her daughter Ynah had just been diagnosed with leukemia.

“It definitely struck a chord in me, as two of my family members are also suffering from cancer,” Geo says, “and I have lost a number of others due to this disease.”

Fortunately for Ynah and her mother, the Philippines – where they live – has a very active Skout community.

“I have traveled – physically and through Skout Travel – a lot, and I have not seen an active Skout Buzz as much as Manila,” says Geo, whose Skout ID is geoislander. “We all know of each other from our Buzz and comments. The Skout Manila Buzz is alive and kicking 24 hours any day!”

People come together to raise funds for a fellow Skouter in need.

People come together to raise funds for a fellow Skouter in need.

The Manila Skout community – which calls itself the Grand Eyeball, a colloquial term for a group of virtual friends – rallied together quickly to create the event GEB For a Cause (#GEB4CAUSE), held earlier this month, to raise money for Ynah’s cancer treatment.

While the Grand Eyeball members mainly stay in touch on Skout and occasionally meet up in real life, GEB For a Cause was the first of its kind in Manila.

“There were almost 100 participants who came to GEB For a Cause,” Geo says. “It was definitely grand, in the most literal way!”

Geo publicized GEB For a Cause with banners he designed and posted in Buzz.

“As you know, if you Buzz and comment enough, you start to gain some infamy, notoriety, fame and whatnot within the Skout Buzz community in your locality,” says Geo, who messaged those well-known Skouters and asked them to repost the publicity banners on their own Buzz. Geo emphasized that GEB For a Cause would be an event at which people could donate money to Ynah’s treatment as well as meet new people.

“Within one day the idea caught fire, and anyone who is a Skouter and checks the Buzz had heard the idea and wanted to join and help baby Ynah,” Geo says.

Skouters offered to donate items for an auction, and some people even volunteered to auction themselves for a date during GEB For a Cause.

A lucky Skouter meets his date.

A lucky Skouter meets his date.

“The movement took a life of its own, organic, homegrown, grassroots – all from our simple interactions in the Skout Buzz!” says Geo.

Geo hosted GEB For a Cause at the Walking Street Music Lounge on Oct. 4. The event raised money for Ynah’s cancer treatment in a variety of ways: a donation box, a photobooth, an auction for goods and dates with Skouters, as well as Skout trivia, with questions such as, “What is the cheapest Gift in Skout?” and “Name the eight different kinds of relationship status in Skout.”

Could YOU pass the Skout trivia quiz?

Could YOU pass the Skout trivia quiz?

Skouters raised money in droves and kept Walking Street open until 4 a.m. The event itself raised about $2,000 USD. And donations are still being accepted through this site:

Skouters raised more than $2,000, and the donations keep coming!

Skouters raised more than $2,000, and the donations keep coming!

“GEB For a Cause was successful and exceeded our expectations,” says Geo. “We raised a large amount of money for Ynah’s chemotherapy and created some positive and unified vibes within the Manila Skout community. Participants are asking for more!”

Because Manila Skouters decided one night of getting together in real life and raising money for a good cause was not enough, they created #SKOUT4CHANGE. Once a quarter, a group of Skouters will plan and execute an activity during which they help someone in the community or tackle a social issue going on in Manila. Ideas include holding food and blood drives for typhoon victims and volunteering in orphanages.

These are the stories we here at Skout love hearing: Skouters who meet up from time to time online as well as get to know each other in real life, and then they decide to help each other out when needed.

“I ran with the idea and just went for it,” Geo says.

All photos by Norvyn Villanueva, a Skouter who volunteered his services for GEB For a Cause.

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Skout Goes on An LA Vine Takeover

Skout is a great app for chatting up and meeting new people online, but we also want you to take those relationships offline and do fun things in real life, which is exactly what happened this weekend, when Skout sponsored the LA Vine Takeover.

For two days, Skouters mingled and met their favorite Vine stars. On Friday, fans attended an exclusive meet-and-greet in Los Angeles where they took photos with Vine personalities including Landon Moss, Jessica Vanessa and Yung Poppy.

Vine stars sign posters for fans.

Vine stars sign posters for fans.

Here’s a look at Friday night’s LA Vine Takeover:

The next day, Skouters hit Venice Beach for casual mingling and plenty of selfie opportunities.

Skouters at Venice Beach on Saturday.

Skouters at Venice Beach on Saturday.

This is what happened when two Skouters collided in real life on Saturday at LA Vine Takeover:

Scroll down to see more highlights from LA Vine Takeover:

Skout’s own Tuan and Jade representing!

Skout’s own Tuan and Jade representing!

The future’s so bright, they gotta wear Skout shades!

The future’s so bright, they gotta wear Skout shades!

Stoked Skouters!

Stoked Skouters!

Vine stars and fans – it’s a beautiful thing.

Vine stars and fans – it’s a beautiful thing.

For more photos from the LA Vine Takeover event, please visit Skout on Facebook.

4 Reasons to Give Gifts

If the greatest gift of life is friendship, then giving a Virtual Gift in Skout can be your first step toward meeting fabulous people.

Gifts are great icebreakers for meeting people in Skout. Here are just a few reasons to shop the Gift Store so you can present Virtual Gifts to Skouters.

When chatting, go beyond emojis and click on Give Gift.

When chatting, go beyond emojis and click on Give Gift.

Be nice. A woman posted an inspirational message on Buzz that stated, “I hope you always find a reason to smile.” I wanted to let her know that her positive message did indeed make me smile. So I sent her a Gift – a smiling bear. With all the negativity in the world that sometimes finds its way onto Buzz, it’s a nice idea to reward good behavior and great attitudes.

Root for common interests. Come Sunday, Skouters go nuts posting about their favorite football teams. Get in on the enthusiasm by giving out the football Gift! The Gift Store also has cute animals for the pet owners as well as cocktails and beer for your fellow imbibers. And just in time for Halloween, we stocked up on vampires, jack-o-lanterns and ghosts for fans of the macabre.

Cheer someone up. Is one of your Skout friends feeling blue? Send them a bright sunflower. Did you see a Buzz post lamenting about having a cold? Gift them a bowl of ramen. These small gestures can lead to big appreciation.

Click on any category to see all the Gifts available.

Click on any category to see all the Gifts available.

Flirt. Step up your game by sending a classy Gift to the Skouter who’s caught your eye. The Gift Store has virtual bouquets, kisses, bling and even heart-shaped flowers. Gifts are a great addition to “winking” at a Skouter.

Now that you have a few reasons to give a Gift it’s time to go shopping!

  1. Open the Skout app.
  2. Find a Skouter to whom you’d like to send a gift.
  3. Tap the Chat button.
  4. Tap the “plus” sign (if you’re on the website, click on the Gift icon).
  5. Hit “Give a Gift.”
  6. Then, browse the Gift Store for the perfect gift!

The Gift Store has numerous categories – including Hearts, Halloween, Sports and SuperBling – and each category has all sorts of unique Gifts from which to choose. Below each Gift is the cost in Points, which is Skout’s currency. If you’re running low, select Get Points to buy more or even earn free Points.

Now you’re ready to really grab the attention of all those Skouters by giving Gifts!

10 Iceshakers for Shake-to-Chat

Skout’s Shake-to-Chat feature is a gamble – a safe gamble, because you have nothing to lose, but a gamble nonetheless because how do you begin a conversation with someone you know nothing about?

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Shake-to-Chat is simple: Open Skout on your phone, select Shake-to-Chat, then shake your phone and see which random person you’re matched up with. Start typing and see what happens!

What to say to a complete stranger? You need an iceshaker! Icebreakers are for conferences, but an iceshaker is that opening line you use when you don’t know who’s on the other side.

Remember: Skout is for much more than dating, so your Chat partner could be seeking friendship, an activity partner or simply someone with which to talk. So think twice about being aggressively flirty, and do try one of these iceshakers during your next Shake-to-Chat:

  • What superpower would you like to have?
  • Dog or cat person?
  • What’s your poison?
  • Would you rather go forward or back in time?
  • Last movie you saw?
  • Your most-despised food?
  • Favorite part of the past weekend?
  • Who would play you in a movie?
  • Worst job you’ve ever had?
  • If you could have an endless supply of food, what would you eat?

Now get shakin’!

How to Get What You Want From Skout

There are many reasons people join Skout. Here are the top 5 ways to find what you’re looking for on the Skout app:

Make new friends. Let’s face it – after we’re out of school, it’s more difficult to meet new people, especially as friends get married and settle down.

To find new friends, go into Skout and edit your profile: Click on the box that says you’re looking for friends and then scroll through Buzz to see whose updates catch your eye. I commented on a person’s lovely Dia de los Muertos makeup and, through that exchange, learned about an L.A. festival later in October.

Lots of people post photos of themselves sporting their favorite team gear. Strike up a conversation, and you may learn of a great sports bar to watch games and meet fellow fans!

Network. I’ve attended many conferences after which I’ve wanted to meet up with people in my industry to go over what we learned while the topics were still fresh in our minds. Skout offers a few ways to network. You can post in Buzz that you want to meet up with fellow professionals. And the Skout Travel feature allows you to check in to a city for 24 hours, explore all it has to offer as well as seek out other Skouters in that area. Ask the locals on Skout for tips for their area, such as the best place to grab a cup of coffee near your hotel or a good happy-hour bar.

Find activity partners. A friend of mine always laments about breaks between her soccer team’s season. So she posted on Buzz asking for recommendations about other leagues and pickup matches to get her fútbol fix.

Check your Buzz for locals, which are a great resource for asking for hiking tips as well as seeking softball teammates, rock-climbing partners and book club members.

Find fellow sports enthusiasts on Skout!

Find fellow sports enthusiasts on Skout!

Meet your soulmate. You could be the next Skout Success Story! What starts off as chatting about common interests can lead to meeting in person, which can create sparks. Be sure your profile indicates you’re looking for dating and a relationship, check off all your Interests in that section, and fill in About Me so potential partners know what you’re into.

Chat and flirt online. Back in the day, people used to talk on the phone for hours. Nowadays, we use our phones for texting and chatting. A friend of mine works a graveyard shift at a hotel, and he’s always looking for people – friends or strangers – with whom to converse online to make the hours pass by faster. I suggested he join Skout and utilize the Shake to Chat feature as well as state he’s looking for chat in his profile.

Of course, a simple comment on a Buzz status or a wink at a stranger can turn into something more. An activity partner can turn into a job lead. A friendly chat can evolve into a real live date. Do you have a Skout Success Story to share?

Picture This: Photo Do’s and Don’ts

Halloween is approaching, and our goal here at Skout is to scare off the Headless Torso. Skouters may have spotted the frightening Headless Torso – the person whose profile photo is from just below the neck to the top of the waist. Who wants to see that?!

Profile photo DON'T: The Headless Torso.

Profile photo DON’T: The Headless Torso.

When your profile photo pops up in our Chat, we want to see your face – be it pretty, seductive, goofy or serious. Here are some do’s and don’ts for Skout photos, whether they’re for your profile, going into your Backstage or being sent in a message.

DO upload photos of yourself in your natural environment. Selfies are great, but also consider sharing pictures of you with your family, friends, pets and more. Show us who you really are!

DON’T post nudity. If you have to wonder if your photo has borderline nudity, it probably does. This means avoiding overly suggestive photos, underwear shots, topless photos and lewd behavior. We’re not trying to be the photo police here – we’re just keeping it clean and suggesting you maintain some mystery. Pique other users’ interest! Skout will remove photos that violate our Terms of Use.

DO think twice before sharing your photo in a message. Once you share a picture in a message or chat, there’s no way to delete the picture.

DON’T be a creep. Just because a photo doesn’t violate Skout’s Terms of Use doesn’t mean it’s not a turnoff. There’s the aforementioned Headless Torso shot, but there’s also the photos taken in poorly lit rooms that make you look like a serial killer. Look at your photo before you upload it – would YOU want to chat with you?

DO go Backstage. Did you know Skouters have access to a private Backstage? You can make certain profile photos public, but you may also upload images to your private Backstage. Users can visit Backstage photos by unlocking them using Points, Skout’s currency. Put a price on your super-awesome photos and watch your points grow!

3 Tips for the Socially Awkward

One of the most challenging parts of meeting new people – for relationships, friendship or networking – is building up the confidence to engage someone in conversation. No one wants to be rejected! Believe it or not, even those deemed attractive by society’s standards experience insecurity.

Our goal at Skout is to provide an online safe place for you to meet new people, and then it’s up to you to take it offline. But chatting online is one thing – many people are nervous about meeting someone in person for the first time.


So what to do? Here are some great tips I found for overcoming social awkwardness:

  1. Be kind, honest and tactful. If you genuinely admire a person’s shoes or someone else’s athletic prowess, say so! But don’t fake that enthusiasm, warns WikiHow – you’ll come off as desperate and insincere.
  2. Don’t like your looks? Work with what you have, advises a recent Dear Abby column. Be conscientious of how you dress, keep yourself well-groomed and stand tall. Self-confidence goes a long way.
  3. It’s all about quality, not quantity, reminds Inc. Don’t worry about chatting with every single person at a party or conference – one good conversation can be more valuable than a bunch of superficial ones.

Still not feeling it? Click to read even more tips for the socially awkward.

Socially Awkward Penguin image via Know Your Meme.

Skout Success: Cody and Angela

Skout changes people in lots of ways by enabling different types of connections all over the world. For us, it truly makes the juice worth the squeeze. Meet Cody and Angela, testaments to Skout!
Cody first downloaded the app on a whim, looking to meet interesting people and pass time. He had his doubts and wasn’t immediately sold on the whole ‘meeting people online’ thing…then he met Angela:

“When I saw Angela’s profile, something caught my eye, not sure if it was her beautiful eyes or amazing smile, but she is one of the few people I decided to try to connect with.”

They chatted for hours and hours, as if they had known each other for years. They chatted about everything from computers to what the other was having for dinner. They each found themselves eagerly checking the phones, hoping to see a new Skout message. Angela then asked Cody to lunch (you go girl), and since Skout connects you with those near you, lunch was possible!”Upon walking through the door and laying my eyes on Angela in person, my heart skipped a beat, the world seemed to have turned on its axis.  We sat down, talked and ate lunch, and lost track of time.”
(Melt. We melt.)

As they say, the rest is history. They are now days away from walking down the aisle.
Thank you, Cody and Angela, for being such an amazing part of the Skout community. You make us love our jobs even more.


#TBT post: Technology problems then and now

Remember the early days of cell phones and internet? Our worries were far simpler than available WiFi connection on your smart phone or how fast that file can load from your Dropbox. For today’s #throwbackthursday, we’re taking it back to the early days of cell phone and internet stresses vs. today’s.

Then: I want to use the Internet, but my mom is on the phone.

Now: So many of us are using the WiFi at the conference that the network isn’t as fast.

Then:  I didn’t get to the phone by the last ring and have no idea who called.

Now: Who is this random number from Tampa, FL calling me?

Then: They didn’t leave me a voicemail.

Now: They left me a voicemail.

Then: My AOL connection is stuck on Step 2.

Now: I have to load this Website in basic HTML. Ughhh.

Then: All of my friends on AIM are away.

Now: All of my friends on G-chat are idle.

Then:  My parents are mad at me because I went 548 text messages over my limit.

Now: Ugh, why did this send as a text message and not an iMessage?

Then: I can’t beat my high score on Snake on my Nokia 3310.

Now: I wish I never downloaded Candy Crush.

Then: I can’t decide which emoticon to use; a wink or a smile?

Now: I can’t decide which emoticon to use; a wink, a half smile, a smirk, a big grin, a cat smiling, a cat laughing or a cat crying?

Then: There aren’t enough ringtones.

Now: There are so many ringtones I can’t decide.

Have some to add? Tweet us with #SkoutTBT and we will add them here (and give you credit!)