Skouters Show Off Online Friends

Online Friends (OFs) are real friends! Skouters have met new people on Buzz, Shake-to-Chat, Skout Travel and other features, so we asked you to show off your OF who rocks! Skouters posted photos of themselves with their online besties, tagged #OFRock, on Buzz. We chose our favorites to win 1,000 Points. Here are our favorites:

Mona (SkoutID mona81) met some of her closest friends on Skout.
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Rona (SkoutID ronasmiler007) took an online friendship offline.
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Khaleesi (SkoutID gorgeousf) watches Barcelona win with her online bestie.
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Do you have an OF who rocks? Please tell us at successstories@skout.com.

#OFRock

Online Friends Rock!

What do you do when you’re bored, home sick or awake late at night? Turn to your Online Friend (OF)!

Unlike clubs, bars and school, Skout is open 24 hours a day for people to connect. Skouters have told us that they start each day by logging on to Skout, seeing what people are up to, and chatting with OFs. Those are your people to whom you can seek out opinions about your interview outfit or where to find a good burrito.

Also, hanging out with OFs means you can have a great conversation without having to brush your hair or put on pants!

OFs provide great chat without having to leave your room!

OFs provide great chat without having to leave your room!

How to find OFs? Log on to Skout and try one of these features:

  • Post AND comment on Buzz. Show Skouters why they’d want to be OFs with you by being positive and engaging.
  • Find Skouters with whom you have things in common on Meet People. But first, be sure your profile is up to date! Have you filled out your interests? Do you mention if you’re single or in a relationship?
  • Let serendipity take over with Shake-to-Chat. Stand out among the “Hey, what’s up,” with one of these 10 iceshakers.

Do you have an OF you met on Skout? Please tell us at successstories@skout.com.

#OFRock

Skout Travel Connects You Worldwide

Meet new friends around the world – anytime, anywhere with Skout’s popular Travel feature. It’s a huge community at your fingertips!

With Skout Travel, you can meet new friends online in cities you’ve always wanted to visit and make real-life plans before you grab your passport and hop on the plane. Skout Travel helps you avoid stale anonymous travel trips on blogs and ensures you’ll have friends with whom to meet up wherever you go!

Watch how Emily used Skout to make her trip to San Francisco more fun:

Download the Skout app for free at www.skout.com, scroll down to Skout Travel, and start traveling today!

Find the Skout Travel feature under "Unlock More Fun"!

Find the Skout Travel feature under “Unlock More Fun”!

How to Save Thanksgiving: Top Turkey Turmoils and More

Young men – followed by vegetarians?! – are most likely to try to pass off a store-bought dish as homemade on Thanksgiving! That’s just one dishy statistic we learned from Skout’s Thanksgiving survey.

Have you ever passed off a store-bought dish as homemade?

Have you ever passed off a store-bought dish as homemade?

More than 1,300 Skouters responded to our survey, and the results have been reported on by websites such as Bustle as well as heating up the airwaves – we’ve heard lots of radio DJs talking about your survey answers!

Dive into a helping of our favorite survey findings:

Nearly half the United States will be doing Thanksgiving potluck-style this year.
• 44 percent of Skouters surveyed plan to share kitchen responsibilities with their host and celebrate the meal potluck-style.

Want to ensure everyone enjoys Thanksgiving? Prepare some conversation starters!
• When asked what is most likely to ruin Thanksgiving, “awkward conversations” topped the list by a long shot, with 46 percent of those surveyed selecting this.
• 37 percent of Skouters surveyed said a poorly cooked meal is most likely to ruin Thanksgiving.
• 17 percent of those surveyed said the top way to ruin Thanksgiving is when the host doesn’t put forth much effort into hosting a festive celebration.

With whom do you spend Thanksgiving: Family or friends?

With whom do you spend Thanksgiving: Family or friends?

Think 20-somethings are driving the Friendsgiving trend? Think again.
• Only 11 percent of Skouters age 18-29 plan to spend Thanksgiving with friends this year, according to our survey, while 18 percent of adults age 30-39 plan to do so.

Football on Thanksgiving? The majority says yes, they’ll tune in.
• Watching the big football games with friends and family on Thanksgiving is a tradition for many, and 53 percent of Skouters said they plan to tune in this year, while 47 percent said they can think of better things to do.

Quality time trumps the actual meal.
• When asked what the best part of Thanksgiving is, 61 percent of Skouters surveyed said that spending time with friends and family tops the list.
• 26 percent of Skouters surveyed said Thanksgiving dinner is the best part of the day, while 13 percent said leftovers are what they most look forward to.

Survey says … Thanksgiving is a day for quality time with friends and family – not for shopping.
• 77 percent of Skouters age 18-39 said that retail stores should not be open on Thanksgiving so that employees can enjoy time with their friends and family.

Keep an eye out on Skout for more surveys!

Skouters Save the Selfies for Skoutie Dog

Have you met Skoutie? He’s our wooftastic doggie friend. While he’s gosh-darned cute, Skoutie is also obsessed with selfies, as you can see on his profile.

Skout has decided to leave the selfies to Skoutie. We want to see YOU in your natural element. We asked Skouters to post a picture to Buzz that best describes themselves, hashtagged #Me. There was only one rule: No selfies, because those are Skoutie’s thing! So if you submitted a selfie, you were barking up the wrong tree.

These three Skouters each won 1,000 Points. Look, Skouters – no selfies!

Skouter mxgirlkymi’s idea of fun takes her to new heights!

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SkoutID: mxgirlkymi

Skouter lilkopy takes “supporting friends” literally!

SkoutID: lilkopy

SkoutID: lilkopy

Skouter therockspecial shows her love for art and pizza.

SkoutID: therockspecial

SkoutID: therockspecial

Stay tuned for more hashtag contests, and please, throw us a bone – keep making Buzz fun with your creative photos, and leave the selfies to Skoutie!

#MyFun Photos Earn Skout Points!

SkoutID: adham02

SkoutID: adham02

People log on to Skout to meet new people so that they can do fun stuff. And we LOVE seeing your photos on Buzz detailing your weekend antics. That’s why our Official Skouter asked you to post a picture of the fun you had this weekend to your Buzz, hashtagged #myfun. We here at Skout then chose our favorites to win 500 Skout Points that can go toward buying Gifts for other Skouters as well as unlocking who’s been checking out your profile.

SkoutID: edz051994

SkoutID: edz051994

Congratulations to the winners, and keep an eye out for more Skout contests. Meanwhile, keep having fun and posting all about it!

SkoutID: maritoooo

SkoutID: maritoooo

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.

Daniel and Amber

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:

Justin Bieber's mugshot

Justin Bieber’s mugshot

Or Jared Leto’s “hot Jesus” hair:

Jared Leto's hot-Jesus hair

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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