Introducing Skout's Newest Languages!

SKOUT is translated into 21 different languages, including English, and we continue to expand our selection of languages as we grow!

We're excited to introduce the latest additions to our list of languages. Click on one of the languages below to learn how to use SKOUT in your language of choice! 

Happy Skouting!

Happy National BFF Day!

For National BFF Day on June 8, celebrate your IRL (in real life) and online besties! As technology plays an ever-present part in our everyday lives, we were curious to know how many people are meeting their best friends online in addition to real life. We surveyed more than 3,000 Skouters and found more people are meeting friends in general online than ever before -- and this extends to finding a bestie! While 70% of people surveyed say they have an IRL best friend, nearly half (48%) of people say they have a BFF they met online.

Additional highlights from our National BFF Day survey include:

Women are more likely than men to have a BFF they met online.

  • 52% of women surveyed say they have an online BFF, while 46% of men say the same.

People under the age of 30 are only slightly more likely to have an online BFF, but not by much!

  • Don’t assume that online friendships are a Millennial thing … 51% of people age 30 or under say they have an online bestie, compared with 44% of people ages 31-40 and 49% of people ages 41 or older.

A BFF who really gets you may not live nearby ...

  • 23% of people surveyed say their online BFF lives in a different country, and 28% say their online BFF lives in a different state.
  • 50% say their online BFF lives fairly close, with 25% saying they’re in the same city and 25% saying they live in the same state.

Many people have met their online BFF, IRL.

  • 45% of people surveyed say they have met their online bestie in person, and 93% say they want to meet their online BFF IRL someday.

IRL or online, friendships are about caring.

  • 70% of people surveyed say the best gift from a friend on BFF Day is a heartfelt message or chat session. Only 30% would prefer a gift.

Check out our Skouters who have met their online besties via SKOUT!

Lady Toro and River

“I have a lot of online friends but never had a bestie like her; she rocks!” - River

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Alyssa, Jay and Marina

“I love my friends,” Alyssa says. “We share happy moments.”

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Natassja and Tara

“She's sweet, a great listener, and cares about me,” Nastassja says about Tara. “I tell her practically everything!”

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Justin and Friends

“Without SKOUT, I wouldn't have as many friends. I owe it to you for helping me meet Milly, Jess, Nathan and Kaley. I appreciate having this app and it making a difference in my life.”

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Jeph and Alex

“He's a friend that is worth keeping,” Jeph says.

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Faith and Jakob

“We talk most of the time,” Jakob says, and the two friends plan to meet in person someday.

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Lucas and Friends

“I talk to them every single day!” Lucas has said about some of his SKOUT friends.

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Pongchuwala and Friends

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

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Celebrate your SKOUT besties with a free BFF! Badge! This badge can be found in the Badges category of the Gift Store.
 

Not sure how to give a gift to a fellow Skouter? Click here to learn how!

SKOUT SUCCESS: LADY TORO AND RIVER

Skouter Lady Toro (SKOUT ID: ladytoro1) has been making friends on SKOUT for three years. In July 2015, she noticed River (SKOUT ID: river1175) on the Buzz of a mutual friend. “Her sense of humor was spot on, and I knew immediately she was a cool chick,” remembers Lady Toro. River sent Lady Toro a private message, and they clicked right away! “Same sassy and snarky sense of humor,” says Lady Toro.

Lady Toro lives in Amsterdam, and River is thousands of mile away in North Carolina, but they don’t let the time difference get in the way of their friendship. They even plan to meet in person this year!

“She cracks me up so often! We can talk for hours sometimes (and totally forget about the time difference, as it's usually halfway through the night for me). We've been talking about meeting up at some stage this year. I'm not sure yet who goes where, but I'm positive we will meet in person and have a great time together. I have a lot of online friends but never had a bestie like her; she rocks!”

If you have a SKOUT success story you’d like to share, shoot us an email at successstories@skout.com.

Boost Your Popularity on SKOUT!

If you’ve downloaded the latest version of SKOUT, you will notice a small battery icon to the right of your profile picture in your Menu. This icon represents your popularity in the SKOUT community!

The color of the bars along with the number of bars coincide with your popularity score, ranging from Low to Very High.

As with any popularity contest, there are several factors that determine your status. In SKOUT, your popularity is determined by the number of times your Profile has been viewed, the number of chat requests you’ve received, as well as the number of Likes people have given you in the Interested? game.

Curious to find out how to boost your popularity? Follow the instructions below to get started. The steps are the same for both Android and iOS. 

Step 1: Tap on the battery icon.  

Step 2: Tap one of the buttons to increase your popularity.

After tapping on the battery icon in your Menu, you will be taken to a screen showing your popularity during the past seven days. To boost your popularity, tap one of the buttons below the chart. For example, tap “Get Seen First” to move to the next screen.

Step 3: Sign up for Premium.

On this screen, tap the green button to select your Premium subscription.

Once you’ve signed up for a Premium subscription, your popularity will automatically go up because you will be seen first in the Interested? game; increase your search rank in the Meet grid; and have your chat messages go directly to the inbox instead of waiting in the chat request queue for approval from another Skouter.

Along with these awesome perks the Premium subscription gives you access to, you will also be provided with tips on how to boost your profile for optimal exposure to the rest of the SKOUT community.

After you have signed up for Premium, your popularity screen will look like this:

Complete your profile by adding a profile photo and filling out your About Me section. You can also increase your popularity by keeping your Buzz up to date. What did you do this weekend? Post a photo of your adventure!

Now that you’ve grasped how to increase your popularity, we’ll show you how to view your fellow Skouters’ popularity via Insights!

Not only will SKOUT Insights let you see the popularity score of a fellow Skouter, it will allow you to view if that Skouter has read your recent chat message to him or her; check out when he or she was last seen in the app; and let you know how long he or she has been a member of the SKOUT community.

To access SKOUT Insights, follow these steps:

Step 1: Go to another Skouter’s profile and tap “Insights.”

Step 2: Tap “Unlock.”

Step 3: Sign Up for Premium.

From here you will be taken to the Premium subscription screen. If you have not already signed up for Premium, choose your subscription.

Once you have signed up for Premium, you will be able to view the Insights tab.

Happy Skouting! As always, make sure to download the latest version of SKOUT to access new features. 

Keep up with our blog for the latest tips and tricks for how to get the best Skouting experience!

Summer Goal: Get a Pen Pal!

Weekend getaways, ultimate frisbee competitions, music festivals...summer is amazing, right?  With Memorial Day right around the corner, now is the time to start setting your summer goals, and this year why not add an online pen pal to the list?!

Back in the “olden days” people would be assigned a pen pal through an organization and then they’d write hand-written letters back and forth to learn about each other’s cultures and customs. Today, it’s so much easier to connect with new friends around the world! Use the SKOUT Travel feature to find someone to talk to anywhere in the world, immediately. You won't have to wait interminable weeks for a response from your pen pal, and of course, there is the added benefit of not having to look around for a postage stamp!

Don’t know where to begin? We’ll make it easy for you… Our team combed through data to uncover the friendliest cities around the world. Take a look at the map below. In the past month, Skouters in these cities have made the most connections. So go ahead, reach out and strike up a conversation. Who knows, maybe you’ll meet someone who will be a friend for life!

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Get a summer pen pal? Check that one off the list!

Time to Announce the Round 3 SKOUT Leaders!

SKOUT Leader Round 3 results are in! Skouters who share fun pictures, fill out their About Me and send virtual gifts to fellow Skouters, get the popularity vote. Check out this post for more details on what it takes to make the SKOUT Leader Board.

Congratulations to the following Skouters!

Do you think you should be in the Top 5? Try filling out your About Me section or posting fewer selfies and more pics of you doing fun things like hiking or playing soccer with your friends. Skouters want to get to know who you are! So, let your personality shine through your profile!


If you think a fellow Skouter deserves to be in the Top 5, give him or her a Trophy Gift! Trophy Gifts are located in the SKOUT Leader category of the Gift Store.

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Congrats to the Top 5! Stay tuned for Round 4 of the SKOUT Leader Board! View Round 1 and Round 2 leaders!

Shake to Chat in iOS update - 3.2

Get the newest Skout update for iPhone, iPod, and iPad now! NEW FEATURE:

Shake shake shake!  Get an instant conversation with Skout's new Shake to Chat feature.

Download this newest version of Skout for iPhone, iPod, and iPad to get Shake to Chat and meet lots of new people!  Just tap Shake to Chat on the side menu and get shakin'!  Try not to get mesmerized by the pretty stars..............OH, below is a screenshot of Shake to Chat!

When you enter Shake to Chat and shake (not stir) your phone, you'll be put into a conversation with another person who is shaking too.  Your profiles will be anonymous for the first 40 seconds - A chance to meet someone completely new!  Be a social butterfly or just pass the time by chatting with new people on Skout.

WARNING: Always Shake with caution...We all remember when the Wii came out and there were game-related injuries! We recommend giving yourself a 3-foot safety radius when using Shake to Chat!  Skout is not legally responsible for any phones which "take flight" whilst being shaken.

Shake to Chat is available on Skout, BoyAhoy, and Flurv on iOS devices.

This release is also iPhone 5 and iOS 6 compatible, and as always, includes bug fixes and performance enhancements.  Onward and upward, no matter how big your screen!