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Mashable Awards – Nominate #Summify for Up-and-Coming Social Media Service

The 2011 Mashable Awards, an annual community-focused competition rewarding the best of digital and social media, is now underway!

We’d like to take this moment to thank all of you Summifyers around the world for your support and help in building Summify’s daily summary service. Every time you share Summify with your networks and send us your feedback we have the opportunity to improve your social news experience for the better. Thanks to the support of our great community we had the chance to pitch at Grow Conference earlier this year and we’d like to ask for your support once again as we gun for “Up-and-Coming Social Media Service” in this year’s Mashable Awards:

 

 

Nominate Summify in two clicks:

1) Find and click a “nominate us” link to see your nomination on the Mashable site (requires Facebook or Twitter connect).
2) Click the green “Nominate” button to submit.

You can nominate us once per day and we’ve done our best to make it extra easy for you. You can temporarily bookmark this link during the awards or find it:

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In the blog sidebar over on the right hand side –>

Inside our bio on Twitter

Nominations run until Nov 18. From there, Mashable’s editors will select seven finalists for each category from the most nominated submissions. The finalists will be announced on Nov. 21, at which time readers will vote for the winners. Final voting will close on Dec. 16. Winners will be announced on Dec. 19.

Our sincere thanks,

Team Summify!

Weekly Top Stories Oct 21-27

1. Steve’s Final “One More Thing…”


Steve Jobs was the ultimate showman. As such, it should be no surprise that he realized the power of following up a great performance with an encore. But unlike many musicians who treat encores as a given add-on for each show, Jobs seemed to recognize that encores are much more powerful if they’re used judiciously. The Steve Jobs encore was the “One more thing…” He didn’t use it all the time, and because of that, when he did, it would whip the audience into a frenzy.

 

2. A More Accurate, Transparent Klout Score



Today we’re releasing a new scoring model with insights to help you understand changes in your influence. This project represents the biggest step forward in accuracy, transparency and our technology in Klout’s history. Joe shared the full vision behind these changes in his post last week.

 

3. Revealed – the capitalist network that runs the world



AS PROTESTS against financial power sweep the world this week, science may have confirmed the protesters’ worst fears. An analysis of the relationships between 43,000 transnational corporations has identified a relatively small group of companies, mainly banks, with disproportionate power over the global economy.

 
 
 
 

4. WATCH: Steve Jobs’s Biographer on “60 Minutes”


60 Minutes has posted its two-part interview with Walter Isaacson, the authorized biographer of Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs, which aired Sunday evening.

 

5. Creator Of Lisp, John McCarthy, Dead At 84



The creator of Lisp and arguably the father of modern artificial intelligence, John McCarthy, died last night. He studied mathematics with the famous John Nash at Princeton and, notably, held the first “computer-chess” match between scientists in the US and the USSR. He transmitted the moves by telegraph.

Weekly Top Stories: October 16-22

1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Noses


God is the artist. I just find the Ninja Turtle in his work.

 

2. Dropbox: The Inside Story Of Tech’s Hottest Startup


Here’s that rare Steve Jobs story, one that’s never been told, about the company that got away. Jobs had been tracking a young software developer named Drew Houston, who blasted his way onto Apple’s radar screen when he reverse-engineered Apple’s file system so that his startup’s logo, an unfolding box, appeared elegantly tucked inside. Not even an Apple SWAT team had been able to do that.

 

3. Introducing Instapaper 4.0 for iPad and iPhone

This is a big update. (Impatient? App Store link.)

 

4. Are Facebook ID Cards In Our Future?

Facebook has filed for a trademark on the usage of “Facebook” on business cards and, more curiously, “non-magnetically encoded” ID cards among other things. If granted the trademark would protect using the word Facebook in the specified formats, not any actual invention.

Summify Spotlight – Nathan Chase

Our Summify Spotlight series showcases how everyday people use Summify, sharing their productivity tips and favorite sources to help you get the most out of your summaries.

About Nathan: Nathan Chase is a multimedia designer and developer living in central Florida, an online culture and social networking enthusiast, a proud father, an avid PC and console gamer, an incessant movie watcher, known for an eclectic musical taste, periodically avoiding being shot by paintballs, and often writing and performing music – on the drums, guitar, piano, or computer. He is also co-founder of the popular movie ranking tool, Flickchart.

What problem does Summify solve for you?

I’ve been looking for a solution to remove the “noise” from the “signal” of the deluge of daily content the web brings us for years. The amount of sharing is growing so fast that it makes it difficult to keep up with what’s important. Note, this means what’s important to me, not what generally constitutes “important news”. Social networks, in general, tend to focus our efforts and allow us to gather our attention towards those we either care about or respect. So, it’s incredible that it’s taken as long as it has for a company to create something that actually incorporates the benefits these social networks provide.

Summify is by far the closest thing to what I’ve imagined was capable of accomplishing the task. Using Summify, I’m able to hook into these networks (Google, Twitter, Facebook) and properly harness the power of influence and trends within those networks to deliver the absolute, must-know items of the day. With Summify delivering my “top 10″ stories every 4 hours, I can rely on the knowledge that if it was important, I didn’t miss it. It also, by virtue of using the likes, comments, and share totals, is able to mostly eliminate duplicate content from permeating my news feed. There’s nothing more annoying than receiving the same piece of news 9 different ways, so it’s a welcome respite from a sea of sources all talking about the same stuff over, and over, and over again.

What does Summify help you achieve?

I’m an early adopter, and a junkie for staying on top of the latest news, stories, and events within my interests via the Internet. After using so many different types of sites and tools, it’s apparent that many fail to understand the multi-layered complexities that are inherent in a user’s interests. It’s not about me putting in my top 10 interest keywords and getting something back that’s marginally interesting. I want something that uses what I’ve already personally curated to filter out the uninteresting and ephemeral, and to do it without significant effort on my part.

Since I work as both a freelancer designer, and a web startup founder/designer/developer/marketer/social media manager, it’s essential to keep eyes and ears open for the bleeding edge of technologies and innovations that are happening throughout the industry or what specifically pertains to my startup, Flickchart, with its focus on movies. I can quickly ascertain if there’s something I need to follow or cover within the film industry, or catch a topic that’s hitting the web design world, all within my Summify digests. It’s powerful stuff. Not to mention that all the while I’ve also got a wife and kids, an indie rock band, and all the latest TV, video games, and other entertainment vying for my attention. We all could use a little help getting to the good stuff so that we can spend more time learning and less time searching.

The key to why I think Summify’s different is that it doesn’t try to give me everything. It only gives me the best – in digests. Other solutions often overwhelm with options or simply too much content. The mobile view in particular is my preferred interface to Summify now, so that I can make sure to get the latest stories wherever I’m at.

Did you have a solution before Summify?

I’ve always relied on RSS and Google Reader to bring me the news I want, rather than what media hubs, businesses, and corporations think I want. I’ve certainly tried other services; My6Sense, Redux, Favit, Xydo, Cadmus, and several others that just didn’t take hold with me. The biggest problem is that it has to be simple, it has to be accurate, and it absolutely has to work with Google Reader given the investment I’ve put into it as a tool. So many other services expect me to pull in my RSS feeds one at a time, or give me no way to pull in my subscriptions at all. Summify’s the one that’s worked the best amidst the services I already use.

Do you use any other tools in conjunction with Summify?

I still rely on the original sources Summify pulls from (Google Reader, Twitter, and Facebook) to stay on top of things up-to-the-minute – and also now on Google+. For Google Reader, Google+, and Facebook, I use their web apps or mobile counterparts, but for Twitter, I almost exclusively use TweetDeck for its power user capabilities. I’m also still a user and fan of social aggregator, FriendFeed, for all of the social innovations it’s inspired at Facebook and Google+. I also occasionally frequent more specific content aggregation portals like Reddit or BuzzFeed to find things that might be trending outside of my social circles.

What advice can you offer for Summifyers to help them get the most out of their summaries?

I’d say the best thing to do is to not be afraid to follow more people on Twitter, or subscribe to more people on Facebook. Likewise, don’t limit yourself to only a few RSS feeds in Google Reader. Seek out more quality sources and your digest will only improve. I’m currently subscribed to 318 different RSS feeds within tech, gadgets, trends, development, music, gaming, and a lot of other niches. The more variety there is to analyze, the better quality selections Summify can make.

10 of my favorite blogs:

Engadget – obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics
Neatorama – new and neat stuff
Smashing Magazine – online magazine for pro Web designers and developers, focusing on techniques and best practices
Lifehacker – Tips, tricks, and downloads for getting things done.
GameInformer – premier destination for video game and entertainment enthusiasts
io9 – io9 is a daily publication that covers science, science fiction, and the future.
MetaFilter – a community weblog that anyone can contribute to
BoingBong – see for yourself!
Mashable – largest independent news source dedicated to covering digital culture, social media and technology
The Flickchart Blog – if they’re all five start movies, which ones are the best?

Want to hear more? You can connect with Nathan on Summify, on Twitter as @nathanchase or check out his website nathanchase.com.

Let us know what you think of our Spotlight! If you’d like to be considered for future Summify Spotlight posts you can email us at team@summify.com.

Introducing Weekly Top 3 Stories

A couple of weeks ago we posted a question to Twitter and Facebook asking Summifyers, “What would you like to see on the Summify blog?” Dain Binder was kind enough to share his thoughts, and we’ve decided to run with one of the ideas, trying something new: Weekly Top Stories – the three biggest stories shared through the Summify community each week. Enjoy!

1. Exclusive: Computer Virus Hits U.S. Drone Fleet


A computer virus has infected the cockpits of America’s Predator and Reaper drones, logging pilots’ every keystroke as they remotely fly missions over Afghanistan and other warzones.

2. Last American Who Knew What The Fuck He Was Doing Dies



Steve Jobs, the visionary co-founder of Apple Computers and the only American in the country who had any clue what the fuck he was doing, died Wednesday at the age of 56. “We haven’t just lost a great innovator, leader, and businessman, we’ve literally lost the only person in this country who actually…

3. KERNTYPE: a kerning game



Your mission is simple: achieve pleasant and readable text by distributing the space between letters. Typographers call this activity kerning. Your solution will be compared to typographer’s solution, and you will be given a score depending on how close you nailed it. Good luck! Post your scores in the comment section!

 

Bonus – Staff Pick

Epic Trick Shot Battle – Dude Perfect: the craziest basketball and frisbee shots you’ve ever seen (via Candidman).

#Summify Growing in Europe and A Canadian Visa Push – News Roundup

 

Top-10 European Countries ranked by web traffic on Summify
(percentages represent each country’s portion of the top-10 traffic)

 

European Traffic Highlights – July to September, 2011

It’s been an expansive three months for Summify traffic over in Europe and we’ve been noticing un poco más de español in our HootSuite search streams. In just three months, the Spaniards have risen up from sixth place to third in Summify’s European Top-10 Traffic List and we have sneaking suspicion that it could be a love affair with our new like button.

Not ready to fall back, France and the UK continue to dominate Summify’s European traffic, holding the first and second spots respectively. Although not displayed above, France’s absolute traffic doubled from August to September – a little je ne sais quoi?

Last, but certainly not least, Russia nudges Switzerland aside and breaks through into the 10th spot on our European traffic list, thanks to our comrades @ru_lh (Lifehacker.ru).

Take a look at what the Europeans are saying, as happy Summifyers continue spreading the word about Summify across the continent:

 

Mashable.fr – 32 billion daily publications in 30 months on Facebook?

Roughly translated from French

A few months ago, Mark Zuckerberg was asked, about a new Moore’s Law: every year, Facebook users share twice as much as the previous year (“Every year, we are sharing Twice the Amount That we shared a year Before”).

The 2010 data indicated that the current 2 billion daily publications could double in 2011. This gives it a staggering 32 billion items published in Facebook every day in 2014 …

Is this possible or are we being played to be afraid? Considering that Africa and Asia are potential markets … What is certain is that by 2014 there will be at least this amount of daily publications all over the Net. Without a doubt.

Social Sharing and the Impending Sharepocalypse [INFOGRAPHIC]

Lifehacker.ru – Summify: read only the most interesting

Roughly translated from Russian

“Immediately after your registration, Summify takes about 2 hours to generate your first summary. During this time, Summify examines content sources and builds links between them. According to my observations the first summary is not the best or relevant. But each time the service starts to amaze me more and more. Even when generating a summary 4 times/day, summify miraculously picked up the posts and tweets that I would not have found myself in a heap of rubbish, and that definitely interested me.

Ironically, it turned out that the service works fine with Russian articles, tweets, and in general with any Russian-language content.”

SmartBlog.es – Create summaries of social networking feeds with Summify

Translated from Spanish

Fully integrated with Facebook, Twitter and Google Reader, you can easily publish the news you’ve found that is most interesting to you. In addition to these options for sharing, Summify’s iPhone app offers you the possibility to send the link by email or save it to Instapaper for later reading .

Finally, another interesting feature of Summify is its ability to track the reactions people have had to the content that is included in your summary of the press. With this quick and intuitive orderly feature you will know how many people have RT’d an article, how many people have clicked “Like” on Facebook and you can read the comments people made when they shared the article on Facebook or Twitter.

Thanks to all these features I think Summify will be a program that I’m going to use often because of the orderly way it tracks all the social network feeds without having to check the individual applications or websites, thus saving time.

K-tuin – Summify for iPhone, a summary of the news 2.0

Translated from Spanish

Thanks to the Summify iPhone application I will find a summary of the news shared on Twitter, Facebook or Google Reader from the last few hours. You can set how often you want the application to compile the news shared on your social networks. It is very easy to not spend too much time looking for the most commented on stuff in the 2.0 world, as you can see the reactions from your contacts and friends right on the news story.

 

Pushing For A Canadian Startup Visa

The Globe and Mail – Immigrant tech stars face hurdles in quest to start business in Canada

“[Canada] will not remain a global superpower if we continue to close our doors to people who want to come here to work hard, start businesses and pursue the American dream,” Mr. Bloomberg said in June. “Today, we may have turned away the next Albert Einstein or Sergey Brin.”

[...]

It’s a high-risk, high-reward path. For every Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, there are a few thousand unknown failures. Mr. Pasoi and Mr. Strat are being assisted by Vancouver’s Bootup Labs, which describes itself as a “startup accelerator.”

“We’ve tried explaining to Immigration that we’re not here to steal jobs. If we wanted, we could work for established companies. But our dream is to build a startup,” Mr. Pasoi said. “We’re trying to make a company and hire people in Canada but it’s difficult.”

Vancouver Sun – Tech sector calls for ‘startup visa’ program

A British Columbia-based advocacy group, which has backing from some prominent Vancouver tech investors, is urging the government to make it easier for immigrants with science and technology skills to move here and create new businesses.

[...]

They recommend that the rules be modified to require a prospective business operator to have $150,000 [from $300,000] in seed capital from qualified venture capitalists, and be actively managing the company. He or she must also create at least three local full-time equivalent jobs over two years.

The current Canadian rules aren’t keeping pace with the rapid emergence of start up companies internationally in the tech sector, nor the relative youth of those involved with them, nor the risk that such entrepreneurs are increasingly sought after around the world.

As the struggle for our founders’ visas continues, we’re going full steam ahead. Expect many more updates as Summify continues to fight content chaos and grow around the world – we’re not going anywhere, we’re going everywhere.

Want to stay in the loop with all that’s going on at Summify? Follow us on twitter @Summify

Needed: The Busy-Person’s News Reader

Photo Credit: gettyimages.ca

Albert Wegner (from Union Square Ventures) has a great post up where he talks about  the need for an Opposing View Reader, a news reader where you can see stories from different angles, with different opinions. While it’s a very important problem (and a really tough one to solve!),  we also wanted to draw attention to a similarly urgent issue – the need for a “Busy-Person’s” Reader. But first, let’s debunk a myth…

 

The Perfect News Reader

The usual review or feedback of a product in the news space ends up being something like this:

it’s great for use-cases X & Y, but I won’t use it for all my news reading because of reason Z“.

Ever since we’ve been in the news reading space, we’ve seen this common theme of the “Perfect Reader” that should exist, but nobody has built it… yet!

It’s arguably understandable why people could expect a perfect reader — lots of industries are like this: social networking = Facebook, search = Google, news = ??? — but  after talking to news readers, from casual Twitter users to “1000-feeds-need-to-read-them-all” junkies, we believe there’s no such thing as a perfect reader. It doesn’t exist . News reading behaviours are too diverse! On average, we’ve found that people actually have 2-4 news sources that they use daily to get their news, in very different ways. For example, it could be Twitter for real-time news, Reddit for funny pictures and cool comments and Summify for when you’re busy and just want to be on top of what’s happening… whatever the mix is that suits you, we think it’s OK! It’s OK to have more than one tool in your news toolbox, and it turns out that’s how most people actually consume it in the offline world as well: newspaper, TV, radio, etc.

Why a “Busy-Person’s” Reader?

It all starts from the explosion in social sharing that’s happening on the Internet right now. There’s lots of content, growing at an exponential rate, and an increasing focus on real-time breaking news, whatever is happening NOW. Well, that means a lot of interruptions and I think we all know that interruptions and frequent context switches significantly affect productivity, especially in activities that require a high level of concentration (most modern jobs).

At the same time, nobody wants to be left out of the “loop” and not be aware of what’s going on today in the (my) world. So how do you balance lots of information, constant interruptions and the need to still be productive during the day? With a “Busy-Person” Reader, of course!

We think Seth Godin explained it best  (Day old news is fresh enough):

The value of breaking news (news = whatever is new to you) is dramatically overrated, and the cost of keeping up with what someone else thinks is urgent is just too high.

If it’s important today, it will be important tomorrow. Far more productive to do the work instead of monitoring what’s next.

We’d like to hear what do you think. Is there a need for a “Busy-Person’s” Reader? If so, what would it look like? We obviously have some ideas on the subject (hint: check our homepage), but we’d really love to hear other opinions.

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