Mashable Editor-in-Chief Lance Ulanoff was a guest on Anderson, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper’s syndicated talk show Wednesday. His topic? Highlight, the most buzzed-about social app at South by Southwest.
Paul Davison, the founder of Highlight, also joined the conversation to discuss how Highlight is changing the way people interact and meet people. The location app notifies users who is around them — strangers and friends — at the moment. Users enable the app to find their location and to share their bios with other users.
Privacy settings allow you to share your location with anyone, friends or friends of Facebook friends. Highlight also keeps a log of who you cross paths with each day.
Ulanoff, like many others in the tech industry, tested Highlight at SXSW. While privacy concerns exist, the user is in control of how much the user wants to share, Ulanoff told Cooper.
“Highlight is interesting because it kind of controls it up front — everyone that you know on Facebook or you’re connected to on Facebook,” he said. “You’re transmitting information when you enter a location about where you are and what you’re potentially doing, but it’s all in your control.”
Cooper says he doesn’t use Highlight and he doesn’t intend to. The privacy issue makes the app unappealing, he says.
“I don’t know how I feel about it,” Anderson says backstage. “I’m not sure I want to know everything about people around me.”
Watch the videos to get a sneak peek of Ulanoff’s appearance and tune into Cooper’s show at 4 p.m. ET (find out where to watch it here) to see Ulanoff’s full analysis of Highlight and comments on Pinterest.
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