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  • The Highlight Blog
    toe SMARTER THAN EVER Highlight is now smarter and more aware than ever before Here are a few things you might notice Live updates Highlight 2 0 uses the sensors in your phone to show you live updates about the people around you Just glance at the footer below each person to know what they re doing where they are who they re with what music they re listening to and why it s interesting that they re nearby You can see that your friend Steve is biking in the Presidio that 2 of your friends are walking down 5th Street together or that the girl across the room with headphones on is listening to the new Destroyer album all passively generated from the sensors in the phone Only what s relevant Over the past year the algorithms that power Highlight have gotten more sophisticated The service now understands that some connections are stronger than others For example if the person sitting next to you is from your hometown that s more interesting than if you both like the same TV show If someone shares your love for Math Rock that s better than if you both like Coldplay It also knows to act differently in different locations and at different times of day If you re traveling overseas it will scan a wider area for friend connections instead of just a block or two If your roommate is near you at home that s not very interesting but if your old roommate from Paris is in your city that s valuable information With 2 0 we ve reengineered the app the notifications service and the emails you receive to be deeply focused on finding these magic moments and letting you know about them at just the right time Only what s new When you run into someone in the real world you often ask them what s new Now Highlight works the same way When you bump into someone on the street a red badge will tell you if they ve posted new photos and updates since the last time you saw each other Just tap the badge to view them It s a great way to keep up with coworkers roommates and the people you see most in life 5X MORE BATTERY EFFICIENT With 2 0 we ve continued to optimize battery life The app is now 5x more battery efficient than Highlight 1 0 and typically uses 1 of battery life per hour when running in the background POLISHED ALL AROUND We ve also given Highlight a brand new look redesigning it from the bottom up to bring people front and center It s simpler more visual and more alive than ever before We ve also updated our icon to reflect the new design We hope you like 2 0 and that you find Highlight getting steadily better with every release If you have any questions you can reach us anytime at hello highlig ht We re excited to hear what you think You can find Highlight 2 0 on the App Store and Google Play now 2 years ago 3 notes People watching Today we re thrilled to announce the launch of Highlight for the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch When we started Highlight our goal was to make it easier for you to learn about people nearby Thanks to smartphones you suddenly had a wealth of data about the people around you sitting in your pocket It was really exciting but we ve always felt that phones were just the first step With today s Galaxy Gear launch we re bringing that information one step closer to you Here s how it works See who s nearby The home screen for Highlight on your Galaxy Gear is a quick bird s eye view of the people around you To browse through profiles one at a time just swipe left If you re talking with someone and forget their name a quick glance at your watch will help you remember it Browse your history Keep swiping left to see who you were near earlier that day If you notice a friend was around double tap to high five them and say a quick hello Photos at a glance When someone nearby posts a photo to Highlight it will show up on your watch Tap the heart to like it without ever having to reach for you phone Handshake memory Want to stay in touch Just shake hands with someone and your watches will record when and where you met We believe that with social products small differences in friction matter a lot In the published world the shift from printed letters to email to ambient streams like Facebook and Twitter has helped us stay more connected with the people we love We re excited to start bringing more ambient versions of Highlight to the real world so that you can see more about the people around you and feel more connected wherever you go 2 years ago 6 notes highlight smartwatch samsung Fun with custom high fives Did you know that the high five was invented in 1977 Mindblowing Who would have thought that this critical form of communication was so new On Highlight the high five made its debut a bit more recently back in November as a lightweight way to say hi and wish people a good day Since then we ve had fun adding secret high fives when you tap and hold the high five button and custom high fives for a handful of users With our latest release we ve added a new collection of secret high fives that show up only for certain people or when you re in certain locations Here are a few you might find By company The Lyft team can send and receive Lyft fist bumps Facebook employees can poke each other and Googlers can google each other Path employees can send and receive beautifully designed high fives

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  • The Highlight Blog: Archive
    notes September 2013 People watching Today we re thrilled to announce the launch of Highlight for the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch When we started Highlight our goal was to make it easier for you to learn about people nearby Thanks to smartphones you suddenly had a wealth of data about the people around you sitting in your pocket It was really exciting but we ve always felt that phones were just the first step With today s Galaxy Gear launch we re bringing that information one step closer to you Here s how it works See who s nearby The home screen for Highlight on your Galaxy Gear is a quick bird s eye view of the people around you To browse through profiles one at a time just swipe left If you re talking with someone and forget their name a quick glance at your watch will help you remember it Browse your history Keep swiping left to see who you were near earlier that day If you notice a friend was around double tap to high five them and say a quick hello Photos at a glance When someone nearby posts a photo to Highlight it will show up on your watch Tap the heart to like it without ever having to reach for you phone Handshake memory Want to stay in touch Just shake hands with someone and your watches will record when and where you met We believe that with social products small differences in friction matter a lot In the published world the shift from printed letters to email to ambient streams like Facebook and Twitter has helped us stay more connected with the people we love We re excited to start bringing more ambient versions of Highlight to the real world so that you can see more about the people around you and feel more connected wherever you go Sep 4 2013 6 notes highlight smartwatch samsung May 2013 Fun with custom high fives Did you know that the high five was invented in 1977 Mindblowing Who would have thought that this critical form of communication was so new On Highlight the high five made its debut a bit more recently back in November as a lightweight way to say hi and wish people a good day Since then we ve had fun adding secret high fives when you tap and hold the high five button and custom high fives for a handful of users With our latest release we ve added a new collection of secret high fives that show up only for certain people or when you re in certain locations Here are a few you might find By company The Lyft team can send and receive Lyft fist bumps Facebook employees can poke each other and Googlers can google each other Path employees can send and receive beautifully designed high fives By relationship If someone is your significant other you can give them a romantic high five or an air kiss from the next room Friends can tag each other accidentally fist bump a high five or just for fun punch each other in the face By location In the Mission or Williamsburg you can give ironic high fives In Hawaii you can give a shaka just like Rick Kane Special connections If someone has your name you can give a same name high five Governors can give each other a Clinton thumb Arsenio Hall fans can obviously give each other a fist pump People who like Musical Theatre can give each other Jazz hands Stanford alums can give each other a Go Stanford while Cal alums can give each other a Beat Stanford Create your own If you d like to have your own custom high five that only you can do let us know here and we will do our best to create it for you To access the secret high fives you need to have the latest version of Highlight for iOS or Android then just tap and hold the high five button whenever you see it Woohoo May 14 2013 Spotted So apparently Marina Girl Says is now on Highlight That s kind of fun In an effort to welcome her to the service we decided to change her high five button to a slap since that seemed more appropriate If you are ever in San Francisco keep an eye out for her as you are walking around We hear she looks like Cameron Diaz and she s really good at getting free drinks Welcome to Highlight MGS May 1 2013 April 2013 A New Look for Highlight If you re reading this post you probably know that the Highlight logo is a controversial piece of design Many designers praise it and debate its merits on Quora while others protest its existence through comments on blog posts subtle URLs and tool tips and nuanced opinion pieces It s like visual cilantro You either love it or it feels like soap in your eyes In an effort to keep the brand fresh we ve been hard at work on a visual redesign of the logo that we are thrilled to share with you today While we hope our work speaks for itself we wanted to share a few of the changes you might notice Reduced color intensity The hard edges in the old logo were a bit much on the eyes so we softened them up and reduced the intensity of the colors to give it a more agreeable Lisa Frank effect Better location iconography Apps that use location should always have location icons in them The old Highlight logo has none Now we have three Try forgetting that it s location based now Animation From a subtle pull to refresh icon to the playful bounce of a like button when you tap on it animations are a powerful way to make your app more fun and delightful In that spirit the Highlight logo now rotates in circles at all times You can almost feel the light breeze on your cheek as it rotates past you Audio feedback Audio is a uniquely powerful branding element Anyone who has hummed Buh duh duh duh DUH I m lovin it while biting into a Fish McBite can tell you this Now whenever you view the Highlight logo you will hear the word highlight repeated in a whispering tone to remind you that you re viewing it A cat Studies have shown that users in our target demographic love cats Juxtaposing the logo with cat imagery not only associates the product with something friendly and tactile it also gives the logo a sense that it s small to help users better understand that they can take Highlight with them in their pocket Finally to give the logo a more polished modern look we ve tried to make it as skeuomorphic as possible by adding an extra shine We briefly considered giving the logo a mahogany wood or stitched briefcase texture but ultimately we decided we wanted the brand to feel more fun than refined We hope you like the new look as much as we do As always please let us know if you have any feedback You can reach us anytime at hello highlight Apr 1 2013 March 2013 Better photos sharing and discovery Two weeks ago we launched our biggest update ever Highlight 1 5 Since then people have been using photos to communicate with the people around them in all sorts of fascinating ways and have been starting events for things we never expected It s been really fun to witness Today we re announcing even more enhancements to the product available today for iOS and very soon on Android Photo filters Give your photos more personality with our initial collection of filters Manta Sun ray Dewdrop B W and Cowboy Post photos from your camera roll Until now you had to take and share photos at the same time With 1 5 2 you can share photos that you took earlier or with another app Save photos to your camera roll Now your own photos will get automatically saved to your camera roll so you can have a copy on your phone and share however you like Save and share other people s photos See a picture of yourself Like another person s photo Just tap the arrow in the header to save it to your camera roll or share it to Facebook and Twitter New map view showing people and events nearby With photos and events there s a lot of rich new content in the feed so we wanted to make it even easier to view people and events nearby in a simple visual way The all new map view is accessible anytime from the top right of the feed Tap any person to see where they are on the map or tap any dot on the map to see who it is You can also do the same for events nearby and get a quick view of what your friends are up to Search You can now search for your friends in the Friends tab and navigate directly to their profiles We ve also cleaned up the design and fixed some bugs including a Facebook login issue that a few of you were experiencing We hope you re finding Highlight getting richer and more useful with each release We d love to hear any feedback you have for us That s it for now Hope to see you in Austin Mar 5 2013 February 2013 Highlight 1 5 A new way to experience photos and events We launched Highlight just over a year ago with a big goal to help you see new things about the people around you and sense things about people nearby Over time the product has become more interactive but in many way ambient social networking still lacks the richness of social networking on the web Today we are excited to announce Highlight 1 5 for iOS and Android our biggest update ever with two new features that represent a huge evolution of the product Here is what you can expect to find Photos nearby Instead of just posting text you can now post photos of the people and things around you If other Highlight users are standing near you the photos you post will show up on their phones You can write captions tag your location and friends and share them out to Facebook and Twitter It s a new and exciting feeling to stand in a roomful of people and watch their photos show up on your phone as they are being taken Oftentimes you ll look at your Highlight feed and see a picture of yourself show up taken by your friend behind you Or you can have a visual conversation with your friend in the next building and others around you can chime in It s a fun ambient way to share and feel more connected with people around you We think you re really going to like it Events nearby You can post photos anytime with Highlight but it really shines when you are taking photos with others at parties conferences dinner parties or when hanging out with friends We decided to build a simple way to capture events so you have your own place in Highlight to share just with the people in the room Our goal was to keep it very lightweight without any guest lists RSVPs or advance planning involved Here s how it works When you re composing a post on Highlight just tap the map marker to see events nearby or to start a new one here and now There is no one to invite the people standing near you will automatically get notified that there is a new event nearby and they can choose to join it When new people arrive they ll get notified too You don t even need to select an end time it will end automatically when people leave and stop posting It s sort of like a hashtag that s location and context aware so you can see who s at the event with you chat with them and get everyone s photos in a single clean place With photos and events Highlight is more fun and useful than it s ever been We re really excited to hear what you think We ll be at SXSW in a few weeks so if you re there please come find us and say hi Your feedback is incredibly helpful to us as we work to make Highlight the best network in the world for connecting and sharing with the people around you Thanks for using Highlight Feb 20 2013 1 note November 2012 High five Android Highlight 1 3 and better notifications are here Man it has been a busy fall We ve grown our team moved into a new space built a lot of new infrastructure and finished a major product update that we re excited to share with you today Here are some of the new things you ll find ANDROID We re thrilled to introduce Highlight for Android available now for free in the Google Play store We ve worked hard to make it fast with a native Android feel and you can expect to see a lot of new updates in the coming months Please let us know what you think If you use Highlight for iOS you can now highlight your Android friends too Highlight for Android BIG UPDATE TO THE iPHONE APP Today we re releasing Highlight 1 3 a huge update to the iOS app with a lot of new ways to share and interact with others Notable features include High fives Oftentimes when you see a friend nearby you just want to say a quick hello and acknowledge them Now you can high five people directly from the activity feed and it will send a high five sound to their phone Secret feature Tap and hold the high five button to send an awkward high five a chest bump or a head nod of acknowledgement You can also high five people from the profile for liking the same things as you Up high Richer profiles It s fun to see how you re connected to the people around you but oftentimes there is more that you d like to share Starting today you can The new profile includes Header maps Now when you click on someone s profile you can pull down to immediately see an animation of your last encounter with them Expanded summaries In addition to your employer and neighborhood you can now share your hometown school and relationship status with people if you choose to Things about me You can now share interesting facts and stories about yourself with the people who walk past you If your friends have written notes about you they will show up here too and other people can like and comment on them My favorite things You can now share a visual list of your favorite things with others complete with pictures You can use this to recommend things to the people around you like apps bands or new restaurant discoveries or just share what you love By focusing on the things you really care about this also makes your notifications more meaningful Let me know if Looking for a designer A tennis partner Babysitter recommendations Share requests with the people around you and collect responses as you go about your day Linked accounts You can now connect your Twitter and Foursquare profiles to Highlight Highlight is not an aggregation service but this will allow you to click through to other people s profiles and see additional context when it s available Horizontal scrolling Many parts of the profile now feature horizontal scrolling so it s easier to view more content Just swipe or tap the edges to advance to the next story Links clickable phone numbers and copy paste Now working in both messages and posts Richer activity feed Horizontal scrolling Flip through people s profiles directly from the feed so there s more content for you to view Fewer taps Message friends and high five people directly from the feed Easier to scan Quickly spot your friends in your feed Just look for the blue message buttons New story types Look for things like suggested people to highlight and friends at nearby events Enhanced maps When you view the map of someone nearby look for the little blue circles showing other people around you Design update The entire app has been given a design refresh with new buttons backgrounds navigation controls animations a new icon and a cleaner overall aesthetic BETTER NOTIFICATIONS Finally the notification service has been significantly upgraded With this release we ll be sending out fewer encounter notifications focusing on only the most interesting ones We re also using custom sounds silent notifications and new badging conventions to make sure it s a great experience for you You can find the Android app on Google Play and the iOS update in the App Store now Thanks for using Highlight Nov 20 2012 2 notes July 2012 New ways to share with the people around you Highlight 1 2 Today we re thrilled to announce the release of Highlight 1 2 available now in the App Store It s our biggest update ever filled with all sorts of enhancements and new ways to share with the people around you Here are some of the bigger things you ll see Post nearby Highlight now lets you post thoughts or questions to the people around you When you post a status update the people standing near you will get notified and they ll see your message at the top of their activity feeds If they like they can publicly reply to it It s kind of like

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  • The Highlight Blog — Familiar faces in town
    surfacing these moments When your friends and people you ve highlighted are visiting your city it will let you know even if they re a bit further away When you re traveling it will search a wider radius for friends and connections and will let you know about the best ones When interesting people are in your city for the weekend it will bubble them up to the top of

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  • The Highlight Blog — Smart feed
    earlier in the day they could easily get buried at the bottom The makes Highlight less useful than it could be Starting today your feed is smarter as we ll be gradually rolling out a new sorting algorithm that bubbles the most interesting encounters to the top This should help you notice when old friends are in town find the people you most want to meet and see a wider

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  • The Highlight Blog — A more personalized Highlight
    on your behavior If you only tap on friends nearby we should surface more friends in your feed and fewer new people If you only tap on designers we should show you more designers There is a lot of math involved and when it works the results can be pretty magical Sometimes though it s nice to just ask you To this end we ve upgraded the settings to contain a new section called Set up Highlight With a few taps you can tell us exactly how you want to use the app For example you can tell us you just want to know when your friends are nearby or that you re interested in meeting people within a given age range You can even tell us that you want to see people with certain words on their profile like UI UX founder or spelunking When you do this we ll use the data to show you more relevant people in your feed to find you matches from a wider radius and to personalize the notifications you receive Imagine being able to tell Highlight I only want to use the app to find designers and only getting notifications when a

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  • The Highlight Blog — The early days
    because it hinted at the entirely new world that passive location services could enable We were excited about the new level of visibility that SXSW 2012 brought to the space but we knew that we had a lot of work ahead of us Before it could hit the mainstream the technology would need to mature In the 24 months since then it s matured quite a bit Mobile hardware and operating systems have steadily improved New geofencing APIs have allowed location services to operate with significantly less battery drain A new low energy version of Bluetooth has emerged Wearables motion sensors and activity trackers have entered the mainstream zeitgeist And we ve figured out quite a few things on the engineering front Today we re excited to launch the Highlight Developer Blog and to publish our first post How we improved Highlight s battery life 5x which talks through some of the engineering work we ve done to get Highlight s background battery usage below 1 per hour We re looking forward to sharing a lot more of our team s work in the coming months and to releasing some open source tools that we hope will be helpful to

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  • The Highlight Blog — Highlight 2.0 - Smarter, lower power, and polished...
    walking down 5th Street together or that the girl across the room with headphones on is listening to the new Destroyer album all passively generated from the sensors in the phone Only what s relevant Over the past year the algorithms that power Highlight have gotten more sophisticated The service now understands that some connections are stronger than others For example if the person sitting next to you is from your hometown that s more interesting than if you both like the same TV show If someone shares your love for Math Rock that s better than if you both like Coldplay It also knows to act differently in different locations and at different times of day If you re traveling overseas it will scan a wider area for friend connections instead of just a block or two If your roommate is near you at home that s not very interesting but if your old roommate from Paris is in your city that s valuable information With 2 0 we ve reengineered the app the notifications service and the emails you receive to be deeply focused on finding these magic moments and letting you know about them at just the right time Only what s new When you run into someone in the real world you often ask them what s new Now Highlight works the same way When you bump into someone on the street a red badge will tell you if they ve posted new photos and updates since the last time you saw each other Just tap the badge to view them It s a great way to keep up with coworkers roommates and the people you see most in life 5X MORE BATTERY EFFICIENT With 2 0 we ve continued to optimize battery life The app

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  • The Highlight Blog — People watching
    Galaxy Gear launch we re bringing that information one step closer to you Here s how it works See who s nearby The home screen for Highlight on your Galaxy Gear is a quick bird s eye view of the people around you To browse through profiles one at a time just swipe left If you re talking with someone and forget their name a quick glance at your watch will help you remember it Browse your history Keep swiping left to see who you were near earlier that day If you notice a friend was around double tap to high five them and say a quick hello Photos at a glance When someone nearby posts a photo to Highlight it will show up on your watch Tap the heart to like it without ever having to reach for you phone Handshake memory Want to stay in touch Just shake hands with someone and your watches will record when and where you met We believe that with social products small differences in friction matter a lot In the published world the shift from printed letters to email to ambient streams like Facebook and Twitter has helped us stay more connected

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