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Skout vs. MeetMe

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Homepage - Skout
4.4/5
Homepage - MeetMe
4.6/5

Have you been struggling with your love life? Many people want to know what a healthy romantic relationship feels like, but past experiences or stories from third-parties discourage them from putting in an effort. Are you ready to damn the consequences and just go for it? This ‘Skout vs. MeetMe’ is precisely the article you need.

Skout vs. MeetMe

Expanding your search pool is crucial to finding someone who is a perfect match for you. What bigger pool is there to look for a lover in than websites built for the singular purpose of finding you a romantic partner? The simple answer is ‘none.’

Comparison of History

Homepage - MeetMe

MeetMe started as a digital yearbook in 2005. Two siblings who were high school students decided to make a social media tool that lets people connect with acquaintances from their past. It was very similar in the way it worked to how Facebook works.

As time passed, myYearbook, added extra-functionalities to the site that would all come together to make it the powerful dating site today. In 2009, they added an instant messaging client to the site called Meebo. They incorporated games onto the platform and developed a virtual currency for the website.

A year after adding an instant messaging client, they published the website’s app version for iOS and Android, and that year they pulled in $20 million. In 2012, the company made a rebrand and changed the name of the business to MeetMe. The company’s historical timeline interestingly intersects with Skout’s.

Homepage - Skout

Skout began as a social network in 2007. Christian Wiklund and Niklas Lindstrom were its founders. Like MeetMe, it did not start as a dating platform as dating platforms were still relatively new and not quite as successful back then. In 2009 however, a survey into how people used the website revealed people were already using it as a platform to find love.

This discovery made Skout re-imagine their site’s functionality to match that of a dating platform. In 2016 Skout and MeetMe’s paths crossed with the latter acquiring the former for $55 million. The way acquirements work means they are still two distinct platforms, and it is not a case of “use one, use all.” In 2020, Skout earned a rumored revenue of around $24 million.

Key Features of Both Websites

Features - MeetMe

As a clear indicator that they operate differently and aren’t clones of each other, Skout offers more services in its free-tier than MeetMe does.  Without paying for the fee-based services, you are allowed to register an account. When your profile is all set-up, you can view people who have checked you out. You can search for other members of the site, like and comment on public photos, add members as favorites, and text members all for free.

The downside to using a free account is that you will have to tolerate the ads. A premium account gets rid of the ads, boosts your popularity, gives you insights on potential matches, and lets you see who has put you on their list of favorite members.

Features - SkoutIf you text a match with a paid account, they wouldn’t have to scroll down to reply to you. MeetMe’s free account has enough features to help you find matches without subscribing to any of their plans.

You can search for matches, chat with them and watch Live streams without paying a dime. Like Skout, however, you will be shown ads if you do not upgrade your account.

Upgrading your account to a premium one removes ads, lets you customize your profile so you can stand out better, gives you a more powerful search engine, and enables you to browse through profiles anonymously.

Comparison of the Sign-Up Process

Sign Up - Skout

Do you hate having to fill-in different pages of a sign-up form before being allowed on a website? Depending on how fast you are at clicking things and clacking at the keyboard, it should take you less than a minute to sign-up on Skout.

You can register with an already registered Facebook or Gmail account, or you can start from scratch and create an account on Skout. There is no need for email verification on Skout.

Sign up - MeetMe

MeetMe requires you to provide more information about yourself than Skout does, but it shouldn’t take more than 2 minutes to complete the sign-up. You can use a Facebook account, but there is no option to use a Gmail account like on Skout.

User Base

Skout has about 4.5 million users in the United States. It is available in several languages, so it has a user base of people outside the country. Skout records over 3.4 million unique visitors from all around the world every month. It has a percentage distribution of 65% men to 35% of women.

man care about his womanMeetMe has a more extensive user base than Skout. In the United States alone, there are over 50 million people registered to the platform.

While, worldwide, it has a reported user base of 100 million people. However, the daily logins on MeetMe pale compared to Skout’s; forty-one thousand to MeetMe’s one hundred and thirty thousand.

Homepage - Skout
4.4/5
Homepage - MeetMe
4.6/5

Success Rate

MeetMe still feels more like a social networking platform for platonic relationships rather than romantic ones. Skout feels more like a dating app, but many users are not there to find romantic connections. Skout’s daily logins are a clear indicator of how much more rated it is than MeetMe.

Pricing

Cost - MeetMe

MeetMe’s Plans

MeetMe +
  • 1 Month: 6.99 USD
  • 3 Months: 16.99 USD
  • 6 Months: 24.99 USD
Credits
  • 250 Credits: 2.99 USD
  • 500 Credits: 4.99 USD
  • 625 Credits: 9.99 USD
  • 2,000 Credits: 14.99 USD
  • 3,700 Credits: 24.99 USD

Skout’s Plans

Skout Premium
  • 1 Month: 9.99 USD
Skout Points
  • 500 Credits: 4.99 USD
  • 1,000 Credits: 7.99 USD
  • 1,200 Credits: 9.99 USD
  • 2,500 Credits: 16.99 USD
  • 8,000 Credits: 49.99 USD
  • 18,000 Credits: 99.99 USD

Pros and Cons

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Skout Pros

  • Quick and easy sign-up process
  • Using the app earns you points

Skout Cons

  • No email verification step in the sign-up process
  • Easy to create fake accounts

MeetMe Pros

  • Lots of exciting features available for free
  • There are games on the platform that users can play

MeetMe Cons

  • Limited search feature
  • Profiles are not detailed

Bottom Line

Skout and MeetMe did not start as dating platforms; hence, they get many things right that some dating platforms don’t get right and do not get other things that a dating platform should. A classic example of both situations is; Firstly, their messaging feature is not behind a paywall.

Many dating sites get greedy and make it impossible to even talk to other members without paying, which is frustrating. People often treat this as a red flag and label online dating an extortion scheme.

Secondly, the sign-up process does not enforce it on users to provide enough information about themselves. This is crucial, and dating sites that started as dating sites rarely make this mistake.

Homepage - Skout
4.4/5
Homepage - MeetMe
4.6/5

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