The Buzz Gets a Facelift for Android

We gave the Buzz a facelift to bring you a better, more seamless experience. You’re now able to see everyone who has liked a Buzz post and Favorite another Skouter directly from their Buzz post! Android has received the facelift, and iOS is waiting to receive its makeover, so stay tuned. Make sure you have the latest version of SKOUT installed on your Android phone in order to experience this update! To see who liked a Buzz post, tap “Likes,” located directly beneath the Buzz post on the left.

To Favorite a Skouter and follow their updates, tap “Favorite” below the Buzz post on the right.

Happy Skouting!

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Not sure what to post on the Buzz? Check out this post for inspiration!

Skout's Newest Feature - Interested? - is Now on iOS!

Interested? is a feature for finding people based on your “Meet People” search settings! We’ll match you with someone we think you might hit it off with, and you can simply like or dislike our suggestion by tapping the red X or the green check mark. If you select the green check mark for someone who has also checked you off as someone they would like to chat with, it’s a match! Make sure you have the latest version of SKOUT installed on your phone in order to use this feature. Start playing the Interested? game today! Find your match. To play, simply follow these steps:

  • On the Bottom Nav, tap “Interested?”
  • You will be taken to a screen that reads, “Finding people around you…”
  • Once Skout has found the first person, a card will pop up where you can either like the suggestion by tapping the green check mark or dislike by tapping the red X.
  • When you match with another Skouter you will be taken to a screen that reads, “It’s a Match!” You can either tap “Chat” to strike up a conversation or “Keep Playing” to browse through more suggestions.
  • If you’ve scrolled through all of your suggested matches for the day, you will reach a screen that reads, “That’s the last of ’em.” To view more suggested matches, check back in tomorrow! To continue browsing people near you, tap “Meet People,” which will take you to the “Meet People” grid.

Once you’ve liked or dislike the suggestions, go about your Skouting or daily life, as usual. Skout will send you a push notification or chat message letting you know you have a match!

For instructions on how to play the Interested? game on Android, click here.

How to Use Skout's Newest Feature - Interested?

Interested? is a feature for finding people based on your “Meet People” search settings! We’ll match you with someone we think you might hit it off with, and you can simply like or dislike our suggestion by tapping the red X or the green check mark. If you select the green check mark for someone who has also checked you off as someone they would like to chat with, it’s a match! Make sure you have the latest version of SKOUT installed on your phone in order to use this feature. Start playing the Interested? game today! Find your match. To play, simply follow these steps:

  • On the Main Menu, tap “Interested?”
  • You will be taken to a screen that reads, “Finding matches near you...”
  • Once Skout has found the first person, a card will pop up where you can either like the suggestion by tapping the green check mark or dislike by tapping the red X.
  • When you match with another Skouter you will be taken to a screen that reads, “It’s a Match!” You can either tap “Chat” to strike up a conversation or “Keep Playing” to browse through more suggestions.
  • If you’ve scrolled through all of your suggested matches for the day, you will reach a screen that reads, “That’s the last of ’em.” To view more suggested matches, check back in tomorrow! To continue browsing people near you, tap “Meet People,” which will take you to the “Meet People” grid.

Once you’ve liked or dislike the suggestions, go about your Skouting or daily life, as usual. Skout will send you a push notification or chat message letting you know you have a match!

Currently, Interested? is available on Android. Stay tuned for iOS!

Skout Tips: How to Use the 'Push to Talk' Feature

In Skout, you can use Chat to send several types of messages, including audio! If you’ve never used the ‘Push to Talk’ feature in Chat, try it next time you send a message. It’s a fun way to engage fellow Skouters! Follow these steps:

iPhone

  1. Hold down the green microphone.
  2. In the pop-up window, click ‘open settings’.
  3. In your settings, turn on the microphone.
  4. Back in the Chat window, hold down the microphone to record.
  5. Should you want to delete the recording, move your finger up and release.
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  1. Hold down the green microphone to record.
  2. Should you want to delete the recording, move your finger up and release.
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Happy chatting!

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?

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.

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.”

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.”

A Skouter Checked Me Out – Now What?!

Find out who looked at your profile for 150 Points!

Find out who looked at your profile for 150 Points!

Someone checked you out! That’s a thrilling notification to receive in Skout – it means another Skouter looked at your profile. To find out who, tap on the green box in the notification. That action lets you see, for a whole 24 hours, each Skouter who has looked at your profile -- and it costs only 150 Points!

But now what?

Really take a look at the profiles of the Skouters who checked you out. Do you have things in common? Are you looking for the same thing, whether it’s friendship, chatting or dating? Do their photos appeal to you?

Choose the Skouters with whom you want to connect and try one of these three communication tips:

Give a Gift. For the Skouter who’s a baseball fan, the Gift Store has an entire Sports category. Other categories include Flowers, Drinks, Travel and low-priced Stickers.

Ask, “Are you feeling shy?” Sometimes Skouters look at profiles and then clam up. Make the first move by opening up a Chat with him or her!

Use what you have in common. Stand out among all the other Skouters trying to chat with their simple “Hello,” and, “What’s up?” Ask a question based on what you read in his or her profile. Question the person decked out in Giants gear if they’ll make it to the World Series again. And ask the Financial District worker for a happy-hour recommendation.

Online Friends Are Real Friends

Online Friends Are Real Friends

Online Friends Are Real Friends

“I have lots of online-, Gchat-only friendships and I love them. I’m very comfortable with the fact that I don’t know [these people] in real life and I don’t have any plans to.” -- Jenna Wortham, New York Times Magazine writer

Here at Skout, we’ve been talking about this article on the New Republic about the value of Online Friends (OFs) and their increasing legitimacy.

The article states that while people used to keep their digital and IRL (in real life) lives separate, now they’re interwoven. While some people may eventually meet their OFs IRL, others are content to keep their relationships solely on platforms like Skout.

We recently spotlighted a Skouter who told us all about the OF she met on Skout. They chat all the time, and while they’ve considered meeting IRL in the future, they’re also content with keeping their friendship at the level it is now.

Do you have an OF you met on Skout – someone with whom you chat regularly? Please tell us about it at successstories@skout.com.