The Highlight social discovery app is a new (and somewhat terrifying) way to make friends.
Highlight uses GPS technology to recommend friends of friends that are in one's vicinity, gathering suggestions from the individual's friends and followers on their social media accounts. The app then uses various degrees of separation and common interests to link the two up.
It was introduced at the South by Southwest tech conference and is one of several other applications that work using the same principle.
Instead of using intuition and relying on fate to meet new people in a social situation, the app suggests seeking out people that have been preselected as having something in common, whether it be a hobby or another person.
It's too early to tell, however, whether the Highlight social discovery app will make finding new buddies a breeze, or, if it will enlist widespread paranoia and have people constantly watching their backs to avoid having to talk to strangers.
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