Get the Brand New Skout!

Skout has undergone a complete makeover! We have updated our appearance and added new features and functions.

Get in on these exciting changes!  Update Skout on your Android or iOS device now.

 

See the New Look
The Skout icon has changed from a heart to the Skout target to better represent Skout’s aim to make it fun and easy to meet new people and make friends. From our icon down to our toes, we’ve changed our appearance to be sleeker, smoother, and more intuitive.

 

Socialize
Skout is all about connecting and friendship, you can now add your friends from Facebook or contact list.  Show your social circle and Skout with your Friends.

 

Quickly Navigate Anywhere
Moving around the new Skout is super easy with swipe action – swipe to the left to access your chat inbox and swipe right to access the navigation menu.  You’ll be zipping around and chatting up a storm in no time!

Requested by You – Block List
You can now manage your own block list. Block and unblock users at your own choosing. On the left navigation menu (remember, swipe right to reveal it!), tap Settings, then Blocked Users to access your block list.

 

Comment and Share
A picture is worth a thousand words, so we’ve enhanced the photo viewing and commenting experience with pinch and zoom capability, a photo gallery, and smoother browsing.

 

Speaking Your Language
Skout now supports 13 languages, including French, Italian, Swedish, Thai, and Indonesian.

Skout Teen Community Suspension

UPDATE 12pm PT 6/20:

Skout users,

As I mentioned in my last update, I’m genuinely moved by your response.  One thing is clear: you’re as passionate about the Skout community as I am.  Your safety is our #1 priority and that’s why we’re taking this time to evaluate our procedures and work with experts to strengthen the measures we already have in place.

I also wanted to let you know that we are pushing an update to our iOS and Android apps that will be live within the week. This app update has been in the works for several months – it addresses a few bugs and introduces an improved user interface.

This does not change the suspension of our teen community.  We’re still working 24/7 on our safety improvements, and I’ll give you an update on when we’ll be reopening the under-18 community as soon as possible.

Christian

UPDATE 11:10pm PT 6/13:

I am deeply touched by all the responses here, and understand the pain the temporary suspension is causing. Rest assured, we are working around the clock on this. While we are making good progress on building new features that will enhance Skout’s safety  – we are not quite there yet. Please, bear with us and hang in there!

Christian Wiklund, Founder and CEO

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Today Skout has decided to temporarily suspend access to our teen community.  This is not a decision we made lightly, so let me explain in my own words why we chose this path.

The safety of our community is our #1 concern.  About a year ago, we noticed that a number of underage users were entering the 18+ community.  So, we thought long and hard about how to set up a safe network for teens and decided to broaden our reach to be more than just a dating app.  Since then, we’ve grown to become one of the largest mobile networks for meeting new people.

Our commitment to safety remains.  With more than a quarter of our staff dedicated to community management, we actively monitor and screen to ensure that the two separate communities for users 18+ and for teen users are kept distinct and that behavior is age-appropriate.  We deploy advanced, proprietary technology that continuously monitors activity on the network to identify users whose behavior appears unusual, inappropriate or suspicious.  Under our zero-tolerance policy, we immediately ban users for inappropriate or suspicious behavior.  Also, unlike many location-based apps, Skout provides general rather than specific location information, empowering each community member to decide if, when and where to meet in person.

However, it’s become clear to us that these measures aren’t enough.  In recent weeks, we’ve learned of several incidents involving a few bad actors trying to take advantage of some of our younger members.

We thought carefully about what to do.  We know how much Skout means to our teen community, and, at Skout, our community means everything to us. For now, we believe that there’s only one thing we can do: until we can design better protections, we are temporarily shutting down the under-18 community.

We are extremely sorry about this, but we don’t believe we have any other choice.  We will not compromise the safety of our community, and right now, our concerns are too significant to simply stand by and do nothing.  We are working around the clock to build better safeguards, including mechanisms for age verification, and we’re partnering with a leading risk management advisory firm to strengthen our current security measures.  We hope to have the community back online soon.

Again, I’m very, very sorry, but I hope you understand why we decided to take this step.  Skout means a lot to you — it means a lot to me, too.  We want to do what is right, and that starts by doing everything we can to ensure the safety of our community.

- Christian Wiklund, Founder and CEO

 

The Heat Is On!

It’s June, and everywhere we look there are telltale signs that summer is steadily approaching. Skirts are getting shorter, and the lines at the ice-cream parlor are getting longer. Popular chain stores have bikinis and barbecue grills on the forefront of their displays, amusement parks are back in business, the gym is busy, and of course – it’s HOT.

 

Temperatures are rising, and so are people’s interests in outdoor activities. No one wants to stay cuddled up at home, they want to be out and about enjoying what the weather has to offer. It’s the season of social solstice. Time to join in on the fun, and perhaps try something new!

Instead of being cooped up in a movie theater, watch one at the park! Learn how to paddle, and test out your new skills at a beach party. Skip the treadmill, and run your favorite scenic trail. Put the cards down, stop being an Old Maid, and Go Fish at your nearest lake. Whatever you do, bring Skout with you to see who else is partaking in the fun in your area, or how people around the world are celebrating the sun.

It’s an exciting time of the year, and we’re excited to celebrate alongside you with amazing contests, more blog posts, and bigger and better ways to make new friends. This summer Skout’s bringing the heat, while still keeping you cool.

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Terms of Service Update and a Reminder

With tens of thousands of new users signing onto our app each day, we’re working hard to make the experience of meeting new people as fun and positive as possible.  We want to do this by staying true to our community and maintaining your trust, so we regularly review and update our Terms of Service (TOS).

Today we rolled out some updates to the TOS, so that it’s easier to read, more transparent, and fully represents the intended uses of Skout and the character of our community. Importantly, although our Privacy Policy has long declared that Skout does not intend to accept registrations from children under 13, our TOS now explicitly forbids children under 13 from using our service. Skout is designed for two separate communities – adults and teenagers 13 and older – and we’ve made sure to spell that out as clearly as possible in this updated TOS. We encourage you to read the full policy and we welcome your comments.

Related to the TOS changes, we want to remind the community about what is and isn’t allowed on Skout. One of the things that users love most about Skout is that we are all about preserving and re-creating the “magic” of serendipitous meetings, making possible a wide range of social connections from friendship to networking. But while we love to foster serendipity, we aim to take the risk factor out of it. How do we do that? In several different ways:

  • One, we are obsessively focused on keeping our community safe. We have zero tolerance for bad behavior, and we ban about 40,000 devices each month for violations of our standards. Our community managers monitor activity 24/7, using custom-built tools to identify suspicious or inappropriate keywords and behaviors, in partnership with our vigilant users. Every single report from our users is looked at by a real person and addressed in a timely manner.
  • Two, unlike many location-based apps, Skout provides general rather than specific location information, empowering each community member to decide if, when and where to meet in person. Community members never have to reveal any personal information except age and gender. You are in control of your online experience at all times – and we always recommend that users remain anonymous until they feel ready and confident that the person they’ve been chatting with is safe to meet. If you ever feel unsafe or threatened, Skout recommends that you cease communication and report any misbehavior immediately using the Report button or emailing support@skout.com.

If you get to the point where you are ready to meet your new Skout friend in person, please refer to our safety tips, that we shared on the Skout blog a few months ago.

 

Blog Rename Contest Winners

The Flirt Blog – The Official Skout & BoyAhoy Blog is scheduled for a makeover – a nose job, whiter teeth…and a new name!

 

We asked you to help us out with some ideas and inspiration for a new Blog name, and you really pulled through!

After reading through hundreds of your submissions, we found our two most creative winners:

 

Winner via Flirt Blog  - 5,000 Points prize

Kyle M. Says:  People Chat, World Chat, and The Scavenger

 

Winner on Twitter – 10,000 Point prize

MicaZayn LouiZayRry

@singles Skout Out ! -shout out, Skout flirt- find flirts, SkoutBlog – flirt blog, skout a peep – find a friend, skoutzz- skout buzz

 

Thank you for all the great submissions; We really feel inspired.  Stay tuned for The Flirt Blog’s new look!