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.

Venturebeat Covers Fuse!

Skout launches Fuse, a funky mobile network for people on the go.

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The address book on your mobile device may someday hold the key to your social life.

That’s the premise of Fuse, a funky little app brought to you by the forward thinking team at Skout, the unusual social platform that has connected, nearly randomly, over 500 million fun seeking individuals in 180 countries.

Skout’s co-founder’s, chief executive Christian Wiklund and chief tech officer Nik Lindstrom, will debut Fuse this morning.

Fuse’s interface and functionality are clean, the app easy to navigate. The objective with Fuse is give users simple tools to construct their own social network that functions off the address book on their smartphone or tablet.

Fuse, in fact, is for people on the go. And, like Snapchat, you can set a “fuse” so that the messages and photos you’ve posted automatically disappear in 3, 5, or 10 minutes. Or burn, as they call it. Forever.

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Ignite Your Life With Fuse!

Ever wanted to share something with a selected group of people, but couldn’t find an appropriate place for it? Now you can share photos and thoughts with a private group of friends for a fleeting moment!

The Fuse app combines group messaging with disappearing content, letting you create conversations around funny and opportune moments with set groups of friends via photos and messaging, with the option to post anonymously. It’s easy and fun, just spark a conversation and let it burn.

Click HERE to light your Fuse today!