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June 19, 2014 07:30 ET

Skout Launches New App 'Fuse,' Bringing Ephemeral Messaging to Groups

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 19, 2014) - Skout, the leading global app for meeting new people and expanding your social circle, is launching a new phantom and ephemeral messaging app called Fuse.

Skout, whose users include millions of 20-somethings in more than 180 countries, facilitated more than 500 million connections between its users in 2013 alone. The launch of Fuse offers a new app with features that appeal to this demographic of young adults who enjoy messaging with friends.

Fuse combines group messaging with ephemeral content. Unlike other ephemeral apps that support only person-to-person sharing, Fuse allows users to set up groups of friends who can share photos and messages with each other. There is no limit on the number of groups that can be created.

For example, someone could set up groups for college friends, friends from home, running buddies and more. To share a message, users select the group to share it with and set a "fuse" on their content, selecting a desired amount of time for how long the content can be seen -- from three minutes to 10 minutes. Group members receive a notification that a message has been shared in the group. Once the timer expires, the content disappears from view and no one in the group can access or view that content again. When sharing content, users can allow their identity to be shared or can select Ghost Mode for anonymous posting.

"Our team has a strong understanding of what appeals to young adults who are looking for fun ways to connect with friends through their mobile phones," said Christian Wiklund, co-founder and CEO of Skout. "We pioneered location-based social networking with the launch of Skout and now we are introducing what I believe is the most exciting ephemeral messaging app on the market."

Fuse is free and available for on iOS and Android. Visit getfuse.com to learn more and download.

The launch of Fuse is the latest strategic expansion by Skout, an Andreessen Horowitz-backed company. Last month, Skout announced its acquisition of nightlife start-up Nixter, an app that helps partygoers find upcoming nightlife events in their city, buy tickets, see the guest list or get VIP accommodations.

About Skout
Skout is the largest global platform for meeting new people and expanding your social circle. The Skout community spans more than 180 countries and is available in 14 different languages. Skout is dedicated to providing a platform through which people can easily and safely connect. The Andreessen Horowitz backed company was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in San Francisco. Visit skout.com to learn more.

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