Spend Your Summer With Skout – Intern Wanted!

Hey, Skouters – do you want to work on your favorite global platform for meeting new people? Join us!

Skout is looking for a Global Friendship Ambassador to join our team as an intern for eight weeks this summer in our San Francisco office.

Our ideal intern is an energetic student who loves connecting with friends through social media and mobile apps, enjoys making new friends around the world, and is interested in gaining hands-on experience in marketing.

We will put you to work performing activities such as daily in-app chatting with Skouters around the world, dreaming up community contests, producing social content, and brainstorming new partnerships, ads and virtual gifts.

The intern will also be involved in various marketing activities, ranging from social media and community engagement to public relations and advertising.

Check out Skouter Mikaela’s (SkoutID: mikamunster) three tips for being a Global Friendship Ambassador in the video above. Do you have what it takes? Excellent – then follow the instructions below to apply!

How to Apply

  1. Create a Skout profile.
  2. Email your resume – as well as your SkoutID – to GFAI@skout.com.
  3. Post on Buzz three photos that express why you’d be a great fit at Skout. Hashtag your Buzz posts #intern so we know you’re applying to be our Global Friendship Ambassador!

Read on for full details for the Global Friendship Ambassador position:

Global Friendship Ambassador Summer Internship at Skout
Would you like to work at a fast-growing startup in San Francisco for the summer? Do you like to meet new people? Do you enjoy connecting with friends through social media and mobile apps? Is there really a job that involves these things? Yes, there is! Skout, the leading global platform for meeting new people and expanding your social circle, is offering a unique internship opportunity this summer. The Skout Global Friendship Ambassador will work closely with Skout’s marketing team as described below.

The Role:
The Global Friendship Ambassador will be involved in all moving parts of the marketing department. For eight weeks, s/he will be assisting in:

  • Community: Dream up fun community contests, work on community surveys, and chat daily with our users around the world. This is where your love for meeting new people and developing friendships comes in!
  • Public Relations: Learn how to craft creative pitch letters to press, research and build media contact lists, develop consumer survey ideas and headlines, as well as take a stab at drafting a press release.
  • Social Media: Write fun blog posts and tweets, highlight success stories from Skout’s users to share via our social channels, and assist in the production of brand videos.
  • Influencer Campaigns: Work alongside our partnerships manager to line up Skout-loving celebrities to help make Skout more visible to their audiences through Instagram, Vine and other platforms. Learn about contracts, negotiation and how to analyze campaign results.
  • Infographics: Have an artistic side you’d like to explore? Help create an infographic that not only reflects the Skout brand but will also highlight key learnings of various consumer survey results.
  • Advertising: For every advertiser on our platform, the design team is critical in delivering eye-grabbing graphics. Assist in creating banner ads, graphics and co-branded logos for Skout.
  • Skout Gifts: As part of our platform, Skout regularly designs and releases new virtual gifts for our users. The Skout Global Friendship Ambassador will help design new gifts for our Skout Gift Store.

The ideal candidates must be:

  • At least 19 years of age.
  • Eligible to work in the United States.
  • Enrolled in a four-year degree program.
  • Willing to suggest new ideas and provide constructive feedback.
  • Hungry, eager to learn and ready to have fun!

Skout, an Andreessen Horowitz backed company, is the first location-based global platform for meeting new people and expanding your social circle. Headquartered in San Francisco, the Skout community spans more than 180 countries, is available in 14 languages on iOS, Android and Windows devices and has facilitated more than 500 million connections in 2014. Since its inception in 2007, Skout has launched a number of different features including Skout Gifts, Shake-to-Chat and Skout Travel.

Skouters Score With Team Jerseys

Nothing gets the Buzz comments flowing like posting about your favorite team. Skouters are passionate about sports!

So when we asked you to post a photo to Buzz wearing your favorite team’s jersey – hashtagged #myTeam – we loved seeing all the different sports represented, from football to fútbol and everything in between.

These Skouters scored 1,000 Points for posting the winning photos on Buzz:

Mike (SkoutID mikeagustinus) loves soccer so much that he played on Valentine’s Day.
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This Skouter (SkoutID mysunset) follows the Raiders saying: Just win, baby!
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Sofia (SkoutID sofiatanvir) sports the Chelsea blues.
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Want to win Skout Points? Keep an eye out on your Skout Alerts for future hashtag contests!

The Joy of Online Friendship

Online Friends (OFs) rock, and that’s why we celebrate them on International Online Friendship Day – and every day!

With Skout you can meet people all over the world without spending money on a plane ticket.

Have a look at all the different kinds of OF possibilities:

Did you meet your OF on Skout? Please tell us at successstories@skout.com.

Happy International Online Friendship Day!

#OFRock

17 International Online Friendship Day Facts

Do you have an online friend (OF) – someone with whom you chat with regularly but have never met? You’re not alone!

In honor of International Online Friendship Day, Skout asked its community members in more than 10 different countries about their OFs as well as what they consider to be the friendliest cities. Here is what we found:

Half of All Adults Have Online Friends – And 6 More #OF Facts

Technology is enabling millions of new friendships around the world, and Skout is used by millions of people across 180 countries. People can connect with new friends anytime, anywhere, and keep friendships online or make plans and meet up in person.

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10 Friendliest Cities in the U.S.

We “Skouted” the U.S. to uncover the cities with the friendliest qualities.

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Now it’s your turn – tell us about your OFs you’ve met on Skout! Please email us at successstories@skout.com.

#OFRock

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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Skouter lilkopy takes “supporting friends” literally!

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Skouter therockspecial shows her love for art and pizza.

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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!