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How about if you got the chance to chat with a stranger? That too, based on the condition that both of you actually like each other? “Somebody likes you" – this is the tagline the Stepout Android App comes attached with, and it fits together with the actual functionality of this app. However, as it turns out, it’s lame and totally not cool (according to me)!
The icon of the Stepout app
While the idea is definitely a novel one, one does not get started with it unless the person he/she likes like him/her back. For instance, you like a person and he/she doesn’t like you back. You like several people, and they don’t like you back. Snap! There goes the purpose of this app. A great way to increase the frustration level of the populace, I must say! Imagine how irritating it is to view random pictures of people and going through them. Because that is what this app is about! Yes, I would have to give it to the developers that the app is a great way to connect strangers. And the whole thing goes on anonymously. You don’t get to know whether a person likes you unless you like him/her back.
The Welcome screen of the app
Do you have a Facebook account? Lame question, I know. After all, even pet dogs have Facebook or Twitter accounts in their names, controlled however, obviously, by their masters! My point is – one needs to get started with the Stepout Android app via his/her Facebook account. The app will ask for the necessary permissions from you in order to access personal data in your Facebook profile, and then do a scanning of your location in order to come up with a list of possible ‘matches’ for you! Swipe right if you like a particular person. If however, you feel otherwise, swipe left. And that is all you get to do with this app unless someone likes you back!
The app scanning your area in order to come up with a list of strangers you may like
The main screen of Stepout is composed of the list mentioned beforehand. It comes with four options: People Nearby (which is the main screen), Messages, Profile and Friends. Messages will come up with a blank screen unless you have started a conversation with someone. Profile shows you your profile, with information raked in from your Facebook account. Friends will show you a list of suggested people the app randomly picks.
A glimpse of the ‘Much Talked About” List
One has the chance to customize the Search options. You can choose whether you want to befriend a man, woman or both (don’t take this otherwise). You can select the age group and even the search distance. In spite of its disadvantages, the ones I already mentioned, it has the potential of being a really good app for match-making. Think about it! You like a girl. She likes you back. You two chat. After that, there are only two options. Either both of you will become life-long friends, or you will end up being together. The idea of this not happening is the least likely since you two started chatting only because you had a liking for each other.
The options that the main screen comes with
Whatever I may have said about this, it was my opinion. But your opinion may always be different. Want to befriend a stranger? This is the best way. You might also like to check out the Thrill app which we have reviewed which is similar to stepout.
Do let us know if “Somebody likes you”. We would love to know your experience. For, now Stepout is available for Android and iOs only. Click on the download button to start befriending a stranger.
Abhirup is our guest blogger on education apps and thought partner. He harbors certain thoroughly misguided self-impressions like he has a refined aesthetic sense (our website’s visuals are NOT inspired by his ideas) or that he has a deep baritone. However, we choose to ignore these as he sometimes comes up with good ideas notwithstanding the fact that they are articulated in confusing managerial jargon; perhaps explained by the fact that he is an MBA from IIM Bangalore.