Really excited with how well this turned out. I did the technical bits in the writeup.
Highlight sucks — both battery and in terms of actually accomplishing anything with it. People never talk to each other on it (Odd for a service designed to encourage communication) and the ones that do often don’t make it past a two message exchange.
I’ve since uninstalled Highlight and my phone can now make it to the end of the workday on a single charge. Apologies to anyone expecting a legit Highlight Diaries update.
I’ve been using the geolocation service Highlight for about 4 months now, mainly because it intrigues me.
The idea is it grabs your Likes and some basic profile data from Facebook to create a profile, which then shows up on the devices of people who have the app and walk within what seems about a 2-block radius. Likewise, you see their profile and can message, ping/poke (“high five”) or favourite (“highlight”) them.
Maybe it’s just London, but in the sum of the time I’ve used the service, a grand total of one person has actually messaged me. I’m thus going to try experimenting with the medium and posting my results here.
So far I’ve tried:
- High-fiving anyone with 5 or more shared interests
- High-fiving anyone who seems even remotely cool
- Posting about London’s shitty weather
- Posting about Daft Punk’s latest album
- Posting about how I high-five anyone that’s cool
Any thoughts? Am I doing something wrong? Am I just that lame? Or is Highlight just — on a whole — a pretty big waste of time for meeting interesting people in my community?