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Skout vs. Tinder

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Homepage - Skout
Homepage - Tinder

Limiting your dating life’s progress to only the old methods of finding a partner is illogical in today’s world. The rules of engagement are changing; the norm ages ago when getting someone else’s attention is no longer the same.

It is now considered wrong to approach a total stranger in the streets just because you’ve found them attractive. That leaves you with the option of meeting people in public spaces or events. If you are an introvert, life is about to get difficult for you.

Skout vs. Tinder will arm you with the knowledge you need to begin exploring the most appropriate option, which is online dating. If you’ve shied away from online dating in the past, now is the time to put aside any sentiment if you are serious about getting a partner.

Skout vs. Tinder

Comparison of History

Homepage - Tinder

Tinder might be a geosocial online dating platform, but Skout made geolocation-based dating platforms popular. Tinder was developed at Hatch Labs and launched in 2012 as a collaborative effort between digital giant IAC and Xtreme Labs.

Tinder was first called Matchbox, and it was geared towards the successful building of relationships between strangers. Tinder has since gone on to become the face of the online dating industry. Tinder’s revenue is the largest of any online dating site. They pull in over a billion dollars yearly.

Homepage - Skout

Skout is one of the platforms that made geolocation dating applications the rave. It uses this technology to ensure users are meeting other users in their residential radius. Christian Wiklund and Niklas Lindstrom were the brains behind the launch in 2007. The platform started as a social network, something in the shades of Facebook.

In 2009, it was reborn as a dating platform after clear indications that the millions of users on the platform were mostly using the site to establish romantic relationships. In 2020, Skout was able to pull in about $26 million, a figure that is nowhere near the mind-blowing figures the Tinder’s customers are happy to pay.

Key Features

Matches - Tinder

If you’ve never used a dating app or website before, now is the time to know about a typical pattern in how these platforms work. The services and features they offer are usually divided into two-tier of access. One is a free-tier (the features they do not charge you for) and the fee-tier (the features you have to pay for). Tinder and Skout offer different features for their free tier, but you would find both their offerings to be equally limited.

On Tinder, you can create an account for free and download the app if you prefer that. After registering, you can find other members of the platform who reside in your region. To use Tinder, you need to put up a picture, making it easier for you to get a match; Tinder lets you do this for free.

When you find someone you like, you can hit the like button on their profile for free, or if you want to show them you are really into them, you can send a super like. You only get one super like a day on the free tier so make it count.

Features - Skout

Skout lets you register an account for free, just like you can do on Tinder.  After registering an account, you can begin to search for profiles to see other members on the platform. Just as on Tinder, if you find someone who catches your eye, you can like their photos for free. There is no super like feature on Skout, but Skout lets you do one thing that may even be more effective than a super-like and comment.

You are also allowed to use the messaging tool without upgrading to a premium account.

 Comparison of the Signup Process

Sign Up - Skout

Registration is quick and fast on both dating sites, but Skout is the platform with the shorter registration procedure. On Skout, you can either register with your Facebook, Google, or a new account. The email you supply is not tested for authenticity, and there are very few fields to fill.

Once you’ve successfully made an account, you can start chatting with other users of the app.

Sign up - Tinder

Tinder’s registration process is relatively quick too, Skout’s approach to getting users onboard is just that brief that it makes Tinder’s look lengthy. On Tinder, you can up with a Facebook account or create a new one with an email you registered. Tinder requires you to verify the email you supply.

 User Base

Tinder is larger than Skout when in terms of the number of registered users. Skout has a reported user base of 10 million people, almost half in the United States. Tinder has 28 million users in the United States, and they have a weekly login that is almost as huge as the entirety of Skout’s user base; it stands at 8 million.

Homepage - Skout
Homepage - Tinder

Ease of Use

Communicating - Tinder

Tinder has unique looks and feels about it. Its features are well laid-out, and you will enjoy using them. You won’t find it challenging to find the functionality you need. It looks better than Skout, even though its design is excellent.

App - Skout

Skout rivals Tinder in terms of platform availability and usability. Very few dating sites can be accessed in the browser and on apps all at once. Both platforms can do this.

Success Rate

Tinder has a higher success rate than Skout. Skout is finding it difficult to shake off its reputation as a social networking app, and as a result, the users they have are mostly not serious-minded about dating.


Pricing - Skout

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

Prices - Tinder

Tinder’s Plans

Tinder Gold under 28
  • 1 Month: 14.99 USD
  • 6 Months: 52.99 USD
  • 12 Months: 82.99 USD
Tinder Gold over 28
  • 1 Month: 29.99 USD
  • 6 Months: 112.99 USD
  • 12 Months: 149.99 USD
Tinder Plus under 28
  • 1 Month: 9.99 USD
  • 6 Months: 34.99 USD
  • 12 Months: 54.99 USD
Tinder Plus over 28
  • 1 Month: 19.99 USD
  • 6 Months: 60.00 USD
  • 12 Months: 80.00 USD

Pros and Cons

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Tinder Pros

  • It began as a dating app
  • It has a modern UI design

Tinder Cons

  • It has the label of being superficial
  • It has complicated subscription plans

Skout Pros

  • It can be used as a social network and as a dating app
  • It has a simple list of subscription plans

Skout Cons

  • Its user interface is not as modern as Tinder’s
  • Works better as a social networking site than a dating site

Bottom Line

As a pioneer in the tech of geolocation service, Skout does an outstanding job of linking you up with other members in your area. However, Skout has been criticized for how it feels more like a social network than an actual dating app. You could put this down to the platform being a social network and then morphing into a dating platform.

Tinder doesn’t have the same sentiments around it, but it does have its criticisms. A lot of people label Tinder as superficial. In all, it depends on you and your purpose for using the app. People find love on Tinder, and you could find love too.

Homepage - Skout
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