Skout is an iOS app developed by its namesake company that is available for free through the Apple app store. It is was founded in 2007, but ever since 2013, it has garnered widespread attention through its successful Facebook campaigns. The goal of the app is simple. Users are encouraged to make friends with new people through the internet based on similar characteristics. You can exchange photos or communicate with those you wish to engage. Essentially, Skout is a virtual pool hall, where users are encouraged to socialize and interact with a wider range of people than they be otherwise accessible to.
The layout of the app is simplistic, with just the profile pictures of the suggested users present in a grid format. From there, you can travel to the users profile where they have interests and personal information listed. You can chat, favorite or “wink” at a user, depending on your interest level in them. While this is not a dating app, there is a heavy emphasis on its use to find partners.
There are several interesting features available on Skout, such as a locale social feed, a game that allows the winner to gain more visibility within the community, and a random messenger system designed to introduce you to people you would otherwise have no interaction with.
Many activities on Skout require that the user gather up points, which can be purchased or rewarded through use of the app. You can use points to gain visibility within the apps community or have a more rich interaction with an individual you wish to learn more about.
Overall, Skout is a new social media platform that capitalizes on an in-app currency that allows people to communicate and learn about people they would otherwise have no ability to do so with.
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