People use Highlight for all sorts of things - from knowing when friends are around, to meeting their neighbors, to connecting with potential cofounders at a local meetup.
Our engineering team does a lot of work under the hood to understand how you tend to use the service and to personalize the experience for you based 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 new designer is nearby. We’re excited about the increased relevance this can bring.
We’ll be tuning how the feature works as we roll it out to more users and collect your feedback, so please let us know what you think!