June 05, 2013 06:00 ET

Skout Announces Push-to-Talk Feature on iOS and Android

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 5, 2013) - Skout Inc. today announced Push-to-Talk, a new feature that allows Skout members to record a message and send it to someone within the Skout app.

"We are very happy about releasing Push-to-Talk within the Skout app. This is an exciting improvement to the online experience of meeting new people," said Christian Wiklund, Skout CEO. "Skout's Push-to-Talk feature is the next natural step in the evolution of our product. The Push-to-Talk feature allows the Skout community to extend their chat exchange that began in text to voice and, most importantly, do it safely," Wiklund emphasized.

Push-to-Talk has an easy to use UX that facilitates fast and simple communication. Voice and music files are delivered instantaneously within the Skout App. The sound file is sent through the chat window allowing users to seamlessly switch between voice and text during a chat.

CTO & Co-Founder Nik Lindstom says, "Since we launched Skout in 2007 our goal is to allow people a fun and safe way meet new people regardless of location -- a new friend can be down the street or across the globe. Skout fiercely protects the privacy and safety of our members through security software and rigorous, 24/7 community monitoring." 

"The same rigorous privacy and safety standards were applied when we built Push-to-Talk," said Karen Barker, Skout's VP of Trust, Safety and Community. Barker says, "When a Skout member uses the Push-to-Talk feature they can feel secure that they are not releasing personal data such as address, phone or email, and with none of the cost of a traditional voicemail."

Skout Push-to-Talk is available for both iOS and Android.

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Skout is the global network for meeting new people. With your mobile device as your guide, you can discover new friends at the bar or in Barcelona; then YOU decide if, when and how you want to connect. The Skout community thrives because we focus on fun and have zero tolerance for bad behavior. Life is short, you are busy and people are having fun without you right now. So start Skouting and find your party, anytime, anywhere.

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