Skout Success: Amber and Daniel

You never know who you’re going to find with Skout’s Meet People feature. Some people meet chat buddies, some find activity partners, and others even meet their future spouses.

When Daniel first saw Amber on Meet People almost a year and a half ago, he was struck by her eyes, a profile that was compatible with his, and proximity – Skout’s geo-location feature lets you find people in your area.

“I felt like she was someone I had to get to know better,” says Daniel.

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Daniel and Amber

Amber, though, had just ended another relationship when a friend downloaded Skout onto her phone.

“I wasn’t really looking for anything in particular on Skout,” Amber says.

Though torn about considering a new relationship so quickly, she chatted with Daniel for a month before agreeing to meet in real life.

“Every conversation we had for that month before we met in person was honest and real,” says Daniel, who then proceeded to get lost and took two hours to meet up with Amber.

“It was worth it when I finally met the girl I had been talking to,” Daniel says. “Amber is a gorgeous and kind person. She always tries the things that I enjoy, and we have a lot of shared interests.”

Amber herself was smitten at first sight. Initially hesitant about meeting someone new, “once I met him and saw who he really was outside of a social media outlet, all my doubts and fears were gone,” she says.

For the next year and a half, Amber and Daniel got to know each other. Daniel learned all about Amber’s random 2 a.m. food cravings – as well as her dedication to her job as a daycare teacher.

“She is amazing with kids, and that’s one of the things I love most,” Daniel says.

Meanwhile, “my family calls him the cheese to my cracker,” says Amber.

On Amber’s birthday, Daniel proposed.

“We’ve started planning our spring wedding, and it’s all thanks to Skout!” Amber says.

Have you met someone on Skout who’s now a friend or soulmate? Have you met a jogging pal through Skout? Do you regularly exchange recipe ideas with a Skouter? Share your Skout Success Story with us, and if you’re chosen to be featured on the blog, we’ll reward you with 500 Skout Points! Tell your tale to successstories@skout.com.

He liked her then he put a ring on her.

He liked her then he put a ring on her.

This Halloween, Sexy Is Out and Funny Is In!

Were you one of the more than 1,300 Skouters who took our Halloween costume survey? The results are in! Forget the been-there/done-that naughty nurse or bloody slasher – your answers revealed that people in funny costumes are viewed as friendlier and more approachable than those wearing scary or sexy costumes.

How about a group costume? They’re much more fun than the typical couple costume! Men who responded to Skout’s survey said they’d gather friends to dress up as Star Wars, Breaking Bad or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters, while women said Frozen, Mean Girls and The Flintstones characters are the best inspiration this year for a group of friends dressing up together.

The Skout survey also asked for your ideas for pop culture-themed costumes, and Buzz60 filmed a frightfully fun video detailing the best ideas:

Are you more Justin Bieber’s mugshot:

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Justin Bieber’s mugshot

Or Jared Leto’s “hot Jesus” hair:

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Jared Leto’s hot-Jesus hair

We here at Skout are looking forward to all your creative Halloween costumes you’ll be posting on Buzz!

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.

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.

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#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!)

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The Ultimate Weekend Playlist.

Although everyday at Skout is an awesome day, we especially love our Fridays! The weekend means many things to different people, but for those who use it to capitalize on  staying out late and bottomless mimosas, this playlist is for you! We asked some of our Skouters what song makes them want to get the party started and created the ultimate weekend playlist with the results. You’re welcome. 

“Jumpin’ Jumpin'” by Destiny’s Child
“We Are Young” by Fun
“This Is How We Do It” by Montel Jordan
“Fireworks” by Katy Perry
“To Get Down” by Timo Maas
“Fancy” by Iggy Azalea
“You Give Love A Bad Name” by Bon Jovi
“Hey Boy Hey Girl” by The Chemical Brothers
“Raise Your Glass” by P!nk
“Partition” by Beyonce
“Come Alive” by Chromeo
“Rather Be” by Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne
“Man of the Year” by Schoolboy Q
“I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston
“Around the World” by Daft Punk

Sharing Is Caring.

Around here, the easiest way to make friends … is to bear FOOD! Regardless of where you’re from, it’s the one thing that brings people together. We wanted to share a few of our favorite foods from around the world that are not only delicious, but easy to share. Now who’s having a potluck?!

Charcuterie, France. We love us a good charcuterie and cheese board. Unless you’re vegan, you can’t really go wrong with a plate of quality meats and cheeses. Charcuterie comes from the word charcutier, which means “pork butcher” in French. However, other meats may be served. The only thing that would make this even better? A glass of wine. 

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You’re Never Traveling Alone If You’re Traveling With Skout!

Summer has officially started, which means vacation season has too. While the saying is, “The more the merrier,” traveling solo can be just as fun and even more meaningful. Not to mention you can do whatever you want, whenever you want. It’s also the perfect opportunity to meet new people! If you’re in an unfamiliar place by yourself, you are more likely to ask for the help of others.

Travel journalist Anisha Shah writes, “Traveling alone is no longer taboo. In fact, it’s now trendy to go on trips alone, as more and more people are discovering the freedom of exploring a new place on their own terms. At the same time, community groups, meet-ups, and a vast wealth of online and digital resources have made it easier than ever to hit the road solo”.

Prior to your solo trip, why not use Skout’s travel feature to ask for travel tips and make new friends in advance. Fodor posted the world’s best destinations for solo travel, and we picked some of our favorites below.

Bali, Indonesia

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Fuse Launch Party Recap.

On June 18th, Skout welcomed Fuse to the family! Along with 100 of our closest friends, we ate, danced, and Fuse’d the night away. Of course no celebration is complete without a champagne toast, and a few silly pictures (ones that won’t disappear!) to commemorate the occasion.

Thank-you to everyone that came out to support, and of course to our amazing Fuse team for creating an awesome app in only 75 days!

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TechCrunch Gets In On The Fuse Action!

Skout Launches Fuse, An Ephemeral Messaging App That Makes Group Chats Explode

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Call it engagement hacking.

But mobile developer teams from the one that built Facebook Slingshot to that guy behind the app ‘Yo’ app are tinkering with unconventional ways of making people interact.

With ephemerality and anonymity, it’s getting weirder. Maybe a little more conceptual. Maybe a little nonsensical. It’s hard to predict what will make people stick, or what could morph into the next version of Vine, Snapchat or Twitter.

But everyone’s experimenting.

Skout, an app backed by Andreessen Horowitz that helps strangers meet locally, is branching out with a new group messaging app called Fuse. It marries group messaging to ephemerality.

The hitch here is that once someone starts a ‘Fuse,’ everyone else has three to 10 minutes to respond. Once the timer ends, all of the content inside the ‘Fuse‘ disappears and no one can ever see it again. So it creates this pressure for a person to decide to either jump in right away or ignore it.

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There’s also a Ghost mode, so people can respond anonymously.

“It’s almost like a dinner conversation,” said Skout CEO Christian Wiklund. “It’s contextual, based on who is around you right now. If the Fuse burns out, you can go onto the next conversation.”

Wiklund said they broke out the app separately because they didn’t want to bog down the core Skout experience with too many extra features. That’s a similar decision to what Facebook has done over the past year with new concepts like Paper and Messenger. Skout is an app that lets people connect with other strangers locally.

While the San Francisco-based company isn’t as flashy as some of its other mobile and social counterparts like Snapchat, it does have a revenue model through selling a virtual currency called ‘Points’ that can unlock other features. It has raised $22 million in funding from investors including Andreessen Horowitz. They plan to cross-promote Fuse through the Skout network.