For those of you who cannot keep up with technology, Skout is a location-based, mobile social networking and dating app and website. It was created in 2007 by company CEO (Chief Executive Officer) Christian Wiklundand and Niklas Lindstrom the CTO (Chief Technology Officer) of Skout, Inc. They are currently headquartered in San Francisco, California.
Much like other technology, the Skout app permits users to send virtual gifts to each other and communicate through instant messaging. Skout, however, goes a step further. In fact, Shout was one of the first apps of its kind to take dating and social networking one step further.
Specifically, Skout was one of the first apps to put an emphasis on the overall location of the user. How does Skout focus on the location of each user? It’s easy.
Skout utilizes the user’s smartphone’s built-in global positioning system in order to aid one app user to locate other users who are located within the same given radius of distance. Essentially, it let’s the user know the general location of other local Skout users. The company emphasizes, however, that Skout does not actually automatically specify any other app user’s specific location or address.
Skout users can actually choose to exercise the option of disengaging the app’s location-tracking capabilities whenever they wish. Furthermore, the GPS location features can only be used within the adult Skout community. Skout has several safety policies in place. The most obvious of which being that they separate the adult and teenage community members.
Version 4.5.0 of the Skout app– released in late 2014 –presently works with iPhones, iPod, Touch and Android equipment. The app is free “with in-app purchase” and has a size of 29.60 MB. It is currently available in 16 languages and is available in 180 countries. Skout, Inc. now also has other properties available to tech and app fans including the nightlife app named Nixter and a group messaging app named Fuse.