iPhone App Review: Skout

iPhone App Review: Skout

November 14th, 2012 by

If you’ve been looking for love, or even just basic human companionship, in all the wrong places then you might need to give the newly updated Skout app a try.  If you’ve somehow never heard of Skout it is “the global network for meeting new people”. It’s a social network designed around the concept of connecting erstwhile strangers for chats, connections, or even face-to-face meetings if you enable the optional location awareness functions. The new feature in the latest version is the “shake to chat” feature, which connects you with a random person (who I presume is also shaking to chat?) to chat with from around the world.

How It Works

Skout is similar to most social networks in that you must of course create an account. When you launch the app you are even given the option to connect using your Facebook account, so you don’t have to create a new set of passwords to remember.

(Now that I think about this, my connection to Skout on Facebook may make for an interesting discussion down the road if my wife happens to notice it.)

Once you’re in and have set up a profile, you can start meeting people. By default the app seems to show you people in your local area, though you can use the search function to refine your search by gender, interest, geographic location, age, ethnicity, etc. There are many different ways to find other people and promote yourself, including a status feed called Buzz where you can see what people near you are saying; Look At Me where you can spend your accrued points to basically “advertise” yourself; and of course there is the Shake To Chat feature.

I gave it a shake myself just to see what was up, and found myself in a conversation with a young man from Korea. We exchanged a few pleasantries and that was that, but it was absolutely the first time I have ever chatted with anyone in Korea, so mission accomplished.

Pros And Cons

Skout is sort of the 21st-century version of a singles bar, where it’s acceptable to randomly strike up a conversation with a total stranger and then just drop the chat if things aren’t working out. The nice thing about a virtual meetup is that there is little risk: you can send a “wink bomb” (real thing in the app) to hundreds of people and let the chats just start rolling in.

The only drawback to the otherwise free app is the use of points for purchasing different features. There is a feature that lets you see who checked you out recently, but you need 150 points to unlock it and even then it’s only for 24 hours. To give you a sense of scale, you start the app with 50 free points and can purchase them in-app or earn them through watching advertisements and other activities.

The use of points is entirely optional and the service is other fully functional without them.


Skout is a fun, free social network that lets you meet similarly-minded people from your local neighborhood to all over the world. It’s not quite a dating service, more of a casual hookup service, but it’s fun and exciting to meet new people in any context. It’s free, available now, and worth a shot for anyone wanting to meet new people.

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