The internet makes meeting people from around the world easier than it has ever been. You can make new friends from out of town, out of state or even from the other side of the world.
One of the greatest failings of the social media scene, however, is how hard it often can be to actually meet up face to face with the friends you chat with everyday online in the real world. It’s hard to go to the movies with your friends who live in 5 different states. It can be even more frustrating when you want to meet up with your online crush for a date.
Luckily, there’s an app for that! The Skout app is the perfect combination of a social media platform and a dating site. It lets you chat and flirt with people in your area, whether you are at a game, shopping at the mall, traveling on vacation in Europe or wherever you may be. You can chat, make new friends, have impromptu get togethers or even get a date all wherever you happen to be. According to the company, users from over 180 countries are using the app.
Skout has a handy GPS locating feature for its adult community that shows your approximate location and the approximate location of other Skout users in your general area, so you can make friends whereever you go. You can also choose to opt out of the GPS option if you simply want to chat with people without showing where you are. Skout has instant messaging capacity for those private conversations and even the option to send people virtual gifts.
If you are traveling to some place new and want to hang out with new people, there’s a Skout Travel paid premium feature that lets you do that, too. The most fun thing about getting to know new people on Skout is the spontaneity of the different kinds of people you’ll encounter, unlike on many dating sites where the main goal is meeting people within a very narrow spectrum of type and background.
They also just recently launched a new app called Fuse. It’s very much like Snapchat in that all messages disappear after 3, 5, or 10 minutes. The Fuse app integrates with your Skout contacts, and you can download it right here for no cost.
Skout also has an easy to use, familiar Facebook-like interface (see some screenshots here), so navigating it isn’t a problem at all. There are easily recognizable features such as comments and optional avatars too. There are even more premium features you can unlock, by buying points for a small fee, that let you see who has checked out your profile or who added you to their list of favorites, and the ability to send out mass greetings to people. You can earn points too, by inviting your friends to join Skout or by downloading apps from them as well.
Another really fun feature Skout feature is the one called Shake to Chat. Simply shake your smartphone and any Skout users in your area, or from anywhere in the world, who also have the feature will receive a message alerting them that you are available to chat. It’s a great way to meet interesting new people.
So while it is true that the internet can be a dual edged sword that can draw you together with people who live far away, it doesn’t always have to be. With the help of fun social networking and dating programs like Skout, you can use the internet to be social in your own home town, too.