Founded in 2007, by Christian Wiklund and Niklas Lindstorm, Skout is a San Francisco based developer of the popular location-based social networking and dating application. Skout was one of the first location-based dating applications to hit the market, and is available on the web, iOS, and Android devices. Skout has amassed a user base of over half a billion people. Skout is used across the world and is currently available in over 180 countries in 15 different languages. Originally the application was launched as a social media service for mobile web, but after realizing most of it’s users were using the service for dating; the company decided to relaunch in 2009 and focus primarily on dating and people location services.
Skout uses a devices global position system (GPS) to find other users within the general vicinity of each other. When searching for people that are near you, Skout will display their profile and recent activities to help you determine if it’s somebody you want to connect with. Once connected users are able to send both text messages and virtual gifts to one-another. For users who would prefer a higher level of privacy, they can opt out of GPS location so their location won’t be shown to others when a match is made. Similar to other social media services, Skout allows users to give likes, leave comments, chat, and share photos.
One of the more popular features of Skout is it’s “Shake to Chat” feature. Simply shake your mobile device and it will automatically connect you to other users who are shaking their device at the same time. To help ensure privacy, the users profile will remain private for the first 40 seconds when a connection through the Shake to Chat feature has been established. There is also a “Travel” feature which users can sign up for that allows them to connect with others while traveling out of town on a vacation or business trip.
In recent years, Skout has separated groups of users into two different categories. Adults and Teenagers. This type of grouping allows an extra level of safety and security for both users and parents alike.
With a user base of over half a billion people across multiple platforms, Skout is one of the most used location-based social media dating services in the market today. Whether you are looking to simply chat with locals while on a business trip, make new friends, or discover your future soulmate; Skout gives you the ability to easily connect with people from all walks of life.