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Summify Joins The Flock At Twitter!

You’ve probably noticed we’ve been quiet lately. Well, we’re extremely excited to announce that Summify has been acquired by Twitter! I know, right? We can hardly believe it ourselves!

Roughly 2 years ago, we moved from Romania to Vancouver after being accepted into Bootup Labs, an awesome startup incubator. It has been an incredible journey, with lots of highs, a few lows, and many product iterations. In March 2011 we launched our email summary product and we’ve been blown away by the response ever since. Many of our users tell us we found a magical solution to a truly unsolved problem.

Our long-term vision at Summify has always been to connect people with the most relevant news for them, in the most time efficient manner. As hundreds of millions of people worldwide are signing up and consuming Twitter, we realized it’s the best platform to execute our vision at a truly global scale. Since Twitter shared this vision with us, joining the company made perfect sense.

We’d like to give a big thanks to all of our investors and advisors, especially Bootup Labs, Boris Wertz, Rob Glaser, Andrew Braccia, Stewart Butterfield, Steve Olechowski, our users, our team and, of course, the city of Vancouver. Thank you for your support and your faith in us, we couldn’t have made it so far without you!

Follow us on Twitter:
@mirceapasoi, @cgst, @mkychua, @therealnybbles@prostul

And, a huge thanks to @robncampbell for all his work with us over the last 7 months.

Best,
The Summify Team


FAQ

What happens to Summify?

We will be disabling new account registrations immediately and we will also be removing some features. We will keep the email summaries for a few more weeks, but at some point we will shut down the current Summify product. In the meantime, if you’re a user of Summify you’ll still receive your summaries, just like before.

What features are you removing?

Starting today, the following changes will take effect:
We’re removing the ability to make your summaries public (i.e. all summaries will be private)
We’re removing profile pages and influence pages
We’re removing the auto-publish feature
We’re disabling user registration from the website, iPhone and Hootsuite apps

Why are you removing these features?

We are offering a more streamlined service as we transition our efforts to working at Twitter.

Will you still be in Vancouver?

We will be moving down to San Francisco and will work out of the Twitter office.

What will you be doing at Twitter?

We are joining Twitter’s Growth team and will continue to explore ways to help people connect and engage with relevant, timely news.


UPDATE

Thanks for your notes of congratulations. We’re thrilled to be joining Twitter. Some of you have expressed concerns about the product being shut down. We appreciate your support and enthusiasm. At Twitter, we are going to focus our efforts on making Twitter even more engaging and useful for you. While we can’t get into details on what’s to come, we can say that we’re excited and we think you will be too.

#SummifyTip: Modifying Summary Sources and Saying “Thanks”

Every story that arrives in your summary comes from your social networks, shared by a human much like yourself. Summify assumes that popular stories being shared by those you follow, are likely to be of interest to you, but that’s not always the case. Just like humans, algorithms aren’t perfect. The solution: tweak your sources and spread content you love.
 

Filter out contributors you don’t enjoy

There are two options here. We recommend trying the first, before making any permanent changes to who you follow on Twitter.

1) Filter domains or human contributors from appearing in future summaries. No change is permanent. Any filters you create will be added to the Filters section of your settings, which can be undone at anytime. Filters are completely private and nobody will ever know if you’ve filtered them out from your summaries.

2) Radically clean your Twitter follow list using iunfollow or more selectively with socialbro. This is a tip from @boichot. Check out our recent Summify Spotlight with him for more tips and tools that will improve your Twitter work-flow.
 

Like a story? Let contributors know. Nothing says “thank-you” better than sharing.

1) Share, Retweet, and Like stories – sharing content that you really like with the world is the best way to show the original author or person who shared it that it’s valued. This will likely lead them to share similar types of content that you will also enjoy. Social signals such as the number of shares, likes, and retweets are a major part of how Summify populates your summaries, so spread the love and share what you like, so that other’s can enjoy it too!

2) Automatically share your summaries to Twitter and Facebook – this is an easy way to share your summaries with your followers each day. To try it out, go to your Sharing settings and select which network you’d like to share to under “Promote.” There are also options for customizing your auto-share message and excluding mentions for contributors.

Note: You can also automatically post your summaries to a Facebook Page, LinkedIn, Instapaper, Read it Later, or Readability using ifttt – a fantastic third party service!

3) After reading your summary, line-up your favorite stories to be shared throughout the day with Buffer. Check out this popular post on how to pair Buffer with Summify – it will change your 2012 social media life – How To Be Awesome On Social Media In 20 Minutes A Day.

Along with the tips above, there’s one more simple thing that will help you improve your summaries.

Summify is designed to handle massive amounts of incoming content and your summaries will tend to get better as you connect more accounts. Haven’t done so already? Give it a try and experience the difference.

Note: you can connect more than one account for each of Twitter, Facebook and Google Reader.

Are you using any of the above methods to enhance your summaries? Maybe you have a tip or two of your own. Share what’s working for you in the comments below.

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1. Fotoshop by Adobé


 

2. Search, plus Your World


Google Search has always been about finding the best results for you. Sometimes that means results from the public web, but sometimes it means your personal content or things shared with you by people you care about. These wonderful people and this rich personal content is currently missing from your search experience. Search is still limited to a universe of webpages created publicly, mostly by people you’ve never met. Today, we’re changing that by bringing your world, rich with people and information, into search. Read More

 

3. Why I Hate Android


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I should probably explain.

Believe it or not, I actually don’t hate Android. That is to say, I don’t hate the concept of Android — in fact, at one point, I loved it. Read More

 

4. If I Die: Facebook App Lets You Leave Sweet Last Words



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5. Real-Life Examples Of How Google’s “Search Plus” Pushes Google+ Over Relevancy


The new Google “Search Plus Your World” feature — which I’m now simply calling “Search Plus” — has just gone live for me. Huge debate erupted yesterday over whether it somehow favors Google+. I can see now that it clearly does, even more than I thought. Here’s a closer look at the changes, including how they turn Google+ into an essential social network for any search marketer. Read More

 

#SummifyTip: Adjust the Frequency, Timing and Number of Stories for Your Summaries

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard just how much content is being shared and consumed out there. So here’s the big question: why are you consuming all this media and content, you must have a reason, right? Clearly define what you want to achieve out of reading the news. Have a goal. Limiting yourself to what’s important at the moment is key. It’s easy to get caught up reading stacks of information that you won’t immediately use, with your knowledge of it disappearing in a tenth the time it took to consume it – not so productive.

Once you know what you want to read, make a habit of constraining means. It’s easy to go bananas, reading everything you can get your hands on and more. Make sure you’re not being wasteful of your two biggest resources: time and mental sanity. Set constraints to minimize waste and focus your energy on reading what really matters.
 

Adjust the frequency, timing and number of stories for your summaries

Most people could afford to read less when it comes to their news and that’s why we’ve purposely set a minimalist delivery schedule: 1 summary a day with your top 5 stories. If you find that this lean reading list doesn’t quite suit you, you can tweak the following settings:

 

Create it at…

Set a base-time that you’re summaries will be generated at each day – we suggest first thing in the morning. If you choose to receive more than one summary per day, this base time is the jumping off point for your delivery schedule.

 

Want more? Increase story quantity or summary frequency

The default is to receive one summary a day with 5 stories. We recommend starting here and then experimenting if you want more, first by increasing the number of stories in each summary, between 5-15, and then increasing the frequency of your summaries, 1-4 per day. Sometimes summaries will be great and at times they could be better. An alternative to a fixed increase in your summary frequency is to click the on-demand “Get A New Summary” button at the bottom of your email summary whenever you feel like reading more – careful, it’s a slippery slope!

 

Finding the right combination

Depending on your news reading habits and needs, certain delivery combos might work better for personal vs. work use, however we always recommend starting with less and going from there. Do you have a combo that works especially well for you? Share it below.

Weekly Top Stories: Dec 30 – Jan 5

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2. Apple’s Jonathan Ive gets knighthood in honours list


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Mr Ive, who can now style himself Sir Jonathan, has been made a Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE).

Raised in Chingford, Mr Ive began working for Apple in 1992 and since then has been the brains behind many of its products.

He described the honour as “absolutely thrilling” and said he was “both humbled and sincerely grateful”. Read More

 

3. Kodak Teeters on the Brink


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The 131-year-old company is still making last-ditch efforts to sell off some of its patent portfolio and could avoid Chapter 11 if it succeeds, one of the people said. But the company has started making preparations for a filing in case those efforts fail, including talking to banks about some $1 billion in financing to keep it afloat during bankruptcy proceedings, the people said. Read More

 

4. Welcome to Instagram, President Barack Obama!


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