Sparking the Public Conversation

The Highly Team is Joining Twitter

Andrew Courter
Apr 17, 2019 · 4 min read

January 2020 Update

Highly is now closed and offline. Thanks for lighting up the web with us. Our data export period has ended, so highlight collections are no longer accessible.

April 17, 2019

The Gist, the TLDR, the BLUF, the Minto: the Highly team is joining Twitter to help serve the public conversation. Your highlights are safe and sound in your collection. Highly apps are now free, and a few will be discontinued. We can’t comment on future plans.

We highlight to share. We share to spark conversation.

Hi-Speed™ touch highlighting.

The Highlight Layer

Highly Highlighter — our single-player tool—puts a magical marker in peoples’ hands, combining powerful privacy controls and inventive interfaces into a fast, fluid internet highlighter that works darn near everywhere. Apple and Google have recognized the app, and Highly members have marked millions of highlights with it. Why? Sharing.

Highlighting is the most personal, efficient way to pass along a story.

Highly’s sharing tools — its multiplayer mode — are the essence of the app, enabling folks to spark convos on social networks, Slack, iMessage, and more. And these layers of shared, public highlights unlock new ways to discover and consume stories, too.

The Highly Newspaper: get the gist, Re-Highlight, and share.

The Public Conversation

Sharing highlights, not headlines — sharing thinking instead of lazily linking — helps spark the kind of conversation that leaves participants and observers alike a bit better off than they started. We’d like to see more of this.

Twitter hosts today’s most meaningful public conversations, full stop.

We’re bringing our Highly-inspired perspective to Twitter’s work serving the public conversation. It’s a colossal, critical project, and we’re eager to chip in.

Thank You So Dang Much

We’d be nowhere without our Happy Highlighters — the thoughtful community for (and with) whom we’ve built Highly. Your feedback guides us, and your enthusiasm drives us. Thank you.

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes to Highly Products

Your highlight collection is safe and sound.

Contact

press@twitter.com (general inquiries)
heyo@highly.co (product questions)

About Highly

Highly is the internet’s highlight layer. Highlight darn near anything, share the meaty parts instead of timesucking links, see your peoples’ highlights as you surf the web, and start the day with your Highly newspaper.

Happy Highlighting

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