Highlight Heatmaps

Stories’ Points of Interest

Where am I, and what’s good here?

The Elements of a Highlight (Heat) Map

🗺 The story: the territory

Whether reading, listening or watching, we measure the size of a story in time. The length of the line represents a story’s reading time, and the time itself appears as a label.

📍 Highlights: points of interest

Highlights appear along the length of the story, sized according to the lengths of the highlights themselves. As you’re highlighting, you’ll see your highlights appear on the map.

Map. Maps. Heatmap.

🌋 Heatmaps: elevation.

The map gets its superpower when it superimposes people’s highlights atop one another. The bright areas mark the spans in the story that the most people highlighted. These are the story’s high points. They’re often the best place to start.

Multiplayer

Sometimes you’re reading somebody’s highlights, and you want to make some of your own. Violá! The map adapts to show both sets of highlights. (They’re both displayed in the story, too.)

The map shows where you and your highlights are.

Tap-a-Map

Highlight heatmaps come with context-specific interactivity.

Go ahead and explore the internet. Highly will bring the map.

Highly

Highly is the Internet’s Highlight Layer

Highlight darn near anything, share the meaty parts instead of timesucking links, and see your peoples’ highlights as you surf the web.

Happy Highlighting

Building Highly, the Internet’s Highlight Layer • The Highly Team Is Now Part of Twitter

Andrew Courter

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Soccer dad. Pro aesthete. Founder @HighlyTM, the internet’s highlight layer. Draft.

Happy Highlighting

Building Highly, the Internet’s Highlight Layer • The Highly Team Is Now Part of Twitter