The tech world is an ever changing place and one area that is changing the fastest is the of social media applications. Companies like Twitter and Facebook have certainly staked their claims to social media but applications like Skout are trying to put their own spin on this sector of the consumer business world as well.
Skout is an application that is meant to not only allow you to communicate with your buddies, but also meet new friends. The application is also changing the way social media applications actual compete with one another, considering you can actually sign into the service using your Facebook account. Once a user is signed up, they will see a kind of grid layout which displays a user’s information as well as their recent posts.
From inside the application, users can wink at other people that show up on their board and then if the other user winks back, a chat can actually be started. While some people will look at this as a kind of way to find a date, it should be pointed out that the grid isn’t set up in a way to only show people of the opposite sex. Truly this is an application that might be able to find you a date, but is much more interested in finding you a friend.
Interestingly, the developers of the Skout application aren’t just trying to help find buddies. near the beginning of March, the application started trying to get its users to practice a more well developed sense of social justice. On March 14, Skout encouraged users to send virtual gifts of a bag of potato chips to their friends. When this virtual bag of chips is handed off to a friend inside the application, the developers of Skout will be making a cash donation to the Food Bank of San Francisco. These donations will be made until the company hits the goal of being able to serve 20,000 people through the food bank has been reached.
This shows that the developers of Skout understand the social contract that people have with their communities. It’s great to find yourself a new friend, but there are things that are more important than hanging out with someone when you have a little free time. Some people are worried about where they’ll get their next meal and Skout is looking to answer that question.