Skout, an iOS app, is now available as a free download in the App Store. The app has been available for a while now, but just recently it began a promotional campaign with Facebook’s own official app.
Skout is a social network for your mobile device that allows its users to meet new people, make friends and exchange pictures. Now users can sign in using their Facebook account or their email address. They must also include other basic information like whether you are interested in men or women. This is so they can customize your experience by matching you up with people who share in your same interests.
When you first sign in, you are greeted with a grid of people who are online at the time. Tapping their picture opens their profile and from there you can ‘wink’, start a chat and even block them if need be among other things. Users use points that they earn to bid on feature spots where they will gain better visibility. Other activities cost ‘points’ also which you can earn doing various things on the site, like interacting with advertisements, or they can be purchased. Points act like the app’s currency.
Skout has very little that hasn’t been seen for free before with other apps. Many of the complaints that are found in the App Store are how many fake accounts there are and how many points needed to do various activities. It also doesn’t encourage people to actually meet and most posts are from pouting teenagers or comments about a person’s appearance.
While Skout is a well put together social networking app, it focuses more on the monetary side of things rather than the socializing that is negatively affecting the experience. Skout is currently ranked No. 381 in the Top Free Apps, No. 319 in the Top Grossing Apps, No. 31 with the Free Social Networking apps and No. 16 in the Top Grossing Social Networking Apps.
Adweek recently posted information regarding Skout. For more information about the app you can follow this link: http://www.adweek.com/socialtimes/meet-new-friends-with-skout/537910