Back in the Saddle

Mar 19 2012 Published by under [Etc]

After a glorious week of spring training baseball in Florida, I am back at the office proving that no trip goes unpunished. Slowly but surely I am slogging though piles of email, snail mail, and other little chores that found their way to one of my many inboxes.

Today I briefly share my thoughts on the app that took South by Southwest by storm, if the twitteratti are to be believed: Highlight. The app sounds simple enough; you install it on your mobile device. When it encounters nearby people also using Highlight, it shows you their profiles and, in turn, shows them yours. Sounds like a cool way to find people you might want to meet, right?

I love the idea of using this at large gatherings, such as conferences. I would love to see professional profiles of others nearby.

Unfortunately, Highlight only links via Facebook.

I have used Facebook as a personal service. My friends there are really people I know with whom I want to share social stuff (like photos from the recent vacation in which I am sitting in the sun, sipping beer). That's not the stuff I want readily available to the general public or potential medical/scientific/professional colleagues when I am out and about.

I hope that the app eventually allows professionals to mingle via LinkedIn. I would love to turn that on during Experimental Biology.

For now I will skip the Highlight. And (sigh) get back to work.

4 responses so far

  • physioprof says:

    The app sounds simple enough; you install it on your mobile device. When it encounters nearby people also using Highlight, it shows you their profiles and, in turn, shows them yours. Sounds like a cool way to find people you might want to meet, right?

    You know how I'd rather find people I might want to meet? By pouring gasoline on my dicke and lighting it on fire.

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