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Summify Launches in the HootSuite App Directory

As huge supporters and users of HootSuite, the market-leading social media management system, we’re excited to announce the launch of our Summify app in the HootSuite App Directory, opening up Summify to HootSuite’s 2.7+ million social media power users around the world – hoot hoot hooray!

Now with in-dashboard support for Basic, Pro and Enterprise HootSuite users, it’s easier than ever to integrate Summify into your existing personal or professional social media activities, effortlessly monitoring content and publishing it to your social networks, all from one spot.

Available streams: Summary

Key Features:
View your daily summaries
View summaries from previous days
Share news items from your summaries to your social networks through HootSuite
View details of news items in your summary — who shared it and the actual message shared

Need Some Help?

Drop us a line with your questions, feedback and new feature requests through our Summify Feedback Channel or the HootSuite Feedback Forum. You can also tweet @summify on Twitter, or email us: team@summify.com.

The HootSuite App Directory, released in November 2011, allows you to integrate more tools and complete more tasks from one central location, and now features even more great apps: Summify, YouTube, Flickr, Tumblr, Get Satisfaction, Constant Contact, Posterous Spaces, and Formulists. Learn more about the HootSuite App Directory, and follow @HootSuite_Apps for the latest updates.

Summify for iPhone 1.5 Is Here

The much anticipated 1.5 release of the Summify iPhone app hit the App Store today.

 

Twitter iOS 5 Integration

Simplicity at it’s finest: add your Twitter account in your iPhone’s settings for easy sign-ups and logins, in one click!


1. Go to Settings and add your Twitter account to your iPhone


2. Sign-up or login with one click (or two, if you have multiple Twitter accounts). The new Twitter iOS 5 integration eliminates an extra one or two steps in both the sign-up and login processes.

 

Like button

You can find the new heart-shaped Like button in the top-right corner when reading a story. Clicking the button helps teach Summify what you enjoy reading, and if one of the story’s sources shared the link from Facebook, It will automatically “Like” the story on Facebook as well. Go on, spread some love.

 

Read it Later Integration

A few weeks ago we announced the integration of Read it Later for Summify summaries. Now it’s ready to roll on your iPhone. Here’s how to start saving stories for later reading:

1. Tap your profile picture to access the Settings screen and configure your account
2. Enter your account details to connect

3. Your username will appear beside the Read it Later icon once you are connected
4. Save any article to Read it Later from the share screen (accessed by clicking the share button when reading an individual story)

 

Improved Text Readability

We reduced the left-right margins and increased line-height to improve readability. Here’s a before and after look at the changes:

 

Squashing Bugs

With over 40 bug fixes in this release, we won’t bore you with the extermination details. Most notably, we resolved the issue of the missing Japanese keyboard in iOS 5. To put it simply, stuff just works better.

 

Summify Gets A New App Icon – what do you think?


After several “friendly” nudges and comments from Summifyers we’ve finally got around to updating our icon – a slightly more solid look.

Thank you to everyone who continues to report bugs and pass on suggestions, helping us improve everyone’s news consumption experience for the better. Keep the feedback coming, and let us know what you think of the new updates!

Summify Adds Read it Later Integration for Summaries

Too busy to read it now? Like your reading list all in one spot? Prefer to read offline? Your reason for wanting it doesn’t really matter, the point is, RiL junkies rejoice, it’s here – Read it Later is now integrated with Summify email and web summaries (iPhone soon), bringing you a more flexible reading experience.

Read it Later is one of the more popular read-later services, just releasing a new visually appealing, media-friendly look. It also boasts a whack of official and fan-made apps, handy bookmarklets and is available on Android, iPhone/iPad, and all major browsers. Let’s get down to it.
 

Adding your Read it Later Account to Summify

Similarly to how we’ve integrated with Instapaper, add your Read it Later account in the “Read Later” section of your account settings.

Once you click the RiL button and punch in your account details you’ll be able to send any story straight to your Read it Later list, regardless of where you read your summary:

Email summary – click “Read it Later” below a story’s excerpt

Web summary – click the share button under each story followed by the Read it Later icon

Share Bar – while reading any story, click the share button and then Read it Later

 
iPhone – Read it Later coming soon in the upcoming 1.5 release

We’ve been getting a lot of requests for Read it Later support, so we hope you’re feeling as good as we are as we cross this addition off our list. If you want to stay in the loop with Read it Later you can follow @readitlater on Twitter or check out their blog.

As always, keep the feedback coming and drop us a line anytime we can be of any help.

Happy Summifying – whenever that is!

Sharing on #Summify Gets Easier With New Like and Share Buttons

We’re fans of simplicity and sometimes we should take our own advice – KISS – keep it simple Summify. In this spirit, we’ve made liking and sharing stories from your summaries easier for you – no more clicking multiple buttons to share to multiple networks from your email or the web (like you guys actually did that anyway – we wouldn’t have). Here’s a quick look at the changes we made.

Before and After: Summify’s Like and Share Button Enhancements

Email and RSS Before

The presentation of your summary in email and RSS (e.g. Google Reader) are very similar so we’ve grouped them together here.

No like button existed and there were separate buttons for sharing to Twitter, Facebook, and Google Reader – talk about clickphobia.

Email and RSS Now

You’ll now see a Like button and just one super Share button, allowing for universal sharing from one spot.

Web Before

The Like button was only visible when you hovered your mouse on a story title and there were separate share buttons for Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader, email and Instapaper.

Web Now

The Like button is always visible and can be found under each story with it’s hearty new look. All previous share buttons have been consolidated into one super Share button.

The Share Bar, which you see when reading a story on the web, also showcases the Like button’s lovely new look.

So what happens when I click…?

Clicking the Like button helps teach Summify what you enjoy reading, and you will also Like the story on Facebook if one of the story’s sources was a Facebook user.

Clicking the Share button, regardless of where you find it, will bring up a universal share box for all of your networks.

Web

Email and RSS

Mobile – share from email

What more could you possibly ask for? Yeah yeah we know, Google+!

“I heard Google released the API, so why are you Summify slugs taking so long?!” Nobody actually said that to us, but it might be what you’re thinking, so here’s an update. The Google+ API is currently read-only, so at the moment we can only get the public activity of one of your friends when what we really need is all the activity of all of your friends. On top of that, we’re unable to share content to Google+ yet. Rest assured, when Google+ is ready to be added to the Summify experience, you’ll be the first to know. For now, enjoy the new buttons and expect to see an iPhone update coming up in October!

New Options For Sharing: Limiting Mentions and Customizing Auto-Publish Messages

Everyone has their own way they like to do things and that doesn’t stop when it comes to the social web. Summifyers of all sorts fancy the ability to automatically publish their new summaries to Twitter or Facebook, making sharing easier than ever, but this feature isn’t quite right for everyone. In an effort to accommodate the differing preferences of Summifyers, we’ve adjusted how we use mentions and given you the ability to customize auto-publish messages, improving the Summify experience for everyone.

Twitter Mentions are now limited

You may have noticed Twitter messages promoting a user’s summary and thanking those who have contributed to it:

“Summify iPhone Update 1.1″ and other stories in my summary http://smf.is/6qloN (via @mirceapasoi and @cgst)

These mentions are enjoyed by most Summifyers, but every now and again we get a request to stop someone’s mentions, and that’s fair enough, because if you have a large following you’re bound to see a few of these shout-outs. To find a balance, we’ve now limited mentions to once-a-day per user. Note – we cannot stop anyone from manually mentioning your name when they share on twitter.

If you still find yourself feeling that once a day is too much, simply log in to the Twitter account for which you’d like your mentions stopped and tweet “@SummaryMentions stop mentions”.

Customizing auto-publish messages

At the bottom of the Notifications area you’ll now see a text box which previews your auto-publish messages. As you adjust your settings, you will notice the message changing to reflect them. Click the refresh button in the top right hand corner of the text box to cycle through some sample messages.

You have two options here:

1. Use one of Summify’s stock messages and choose to mention people or not:

Unchecked box (default) – auto-publish messages may mention the names of your summary’s contributors

Checked box – auto-publish messages will not mention any names besides @summify

2. Customize your message by clicking the box that says “Let me choose my own message” and filling in the text box. Once you’ve entered some text, click outside of the box to see a preview of your message.

Stories are meant to be shared. Play around with the new options and find a setup that works best for your sharing style. If you find a favorite way to share your summaries using the new settings let us know – we’d love to hear about it. Summify is for you after all, so don’t be shy to share your experiences, ideas, questions, problems or praise. Drop us a line anytime!

The Dynamic of Influence: Social Analytics Arrive at #Summify

As your summary begins to make it into your daily reading routine, you’ve probably noticed that certain people in your network tend to contribute more to your summaries than others. Maybe it’s just a feeling, but it stirs up some interesting questions.

Who contributes to my summary the most? Who contributes to my contributors’ summaries the most? Wait a second, who do I influence? Slow down tiger. We’ve added in a dash of analytics to help you scratch that itch of curiosity. The beginning of social analytics is here and on your profile page you will now see an area we are calling “Influencers.”

The Influencers area is made up of two rows of images and some small numbers.

Influenced by, the top row, highlights the connections in your network which appear in your summary the most, and how many times each of them as appeared in your summary in the last 30 days.

Influencing, the second row, highlights the summaries which you’ve appeared in the most, and how many times you’ve appeared in them in the last 30 days.

Hover your mouse on a profile picture for an explanation of influence or click on any profile picture to view that user’s summary. If you’re browsing from within your own profile and click the picture of a user who is not yet on Summify, a “thanks” message will appear.

That’s not all. The Influencers section isn’t only found on your profile, it’s viewable on any public Summify profile, allowing you to explore and quantify the dynamic of influence between other users.

Explore

Influence is here to be explored. From the Explore area of your web summary you can now browse two new categories: users you are “Influenced by,” and users you are “Influencing.” Keep in mind that only those who are using Summify will be visible in the Explore area.

It’s a whole new world of social influence now and everyone is finding their own way to navigate it. Whether you’re a master of content sharing who holds great influence or a newbie wondering what you can do to increase your influence, we want to hear from you! Leave your ideas, tips and questions as a comment or email them to team@summify.com and we’ll be sure to share them with the Summify community.

Social Arrives at #Summify with Personal Profiles and Explore

At it’s face, Summify is a nice simple way to summarize your news. You receive 5-10 stories every so often, you read them and you’re done; that’s it. But there’s something more behind those pretty little collections of stories you read via email, web or iPhone; something that glues them together. People. Your friends and network connections are the ones helping to create your news summaries every time they like, share, retweet and comment on content. It’s time you got to know them a little better.

Enter “Profile” and “Explore,” building blocks for a larger vision of news being social, allowing you to discover more stories and the people behind them.

Profile – your new home

Your new home is found at: http://summify.com/USERNAME.

Hold on, this looks like my Summary! It’s actually quite a bit different, at least it will be soon. Your Summary page is always changing, so we wanted to give you a permanent home, allowing everyone that comes by your page to get a quick snapshot of:

1. Who you are – your username, profile picture, personal bio, and social accounts

2. What you read – the middle portion of the page lists your summaries using the first title from each, and showcases the people in your network who contributed to create them

3. Who’s in your network – the right side of the page displays profile pictures from the people in your social networks that are also on Summify: those you follow and your followers.

We admit, your Profile page may not look groundbreaking at the moment, but have no fear, this is only the first peek. Thanks to social media each of us is now a “publisher” (you share stuff) and a “curator” (people look at what you share) and your Profile is laying the foundation for what is coming next. Excited? So are we.

 

Explore – navigate your social world on Summify

1. Find the Explore button + know the numbers

Explore button – just underneath your profile picture

Following – the number of people that you are following on your social networks, and have a Summify account

Followers – the number of people that follow you on their social networks, that have a Summify account

2. Pick a place to Explore; you have three options:


 

3. Discover your friends, new people and their news

explore

Basic info – the username, profile picture, and bio of each user; click their username to explore.

Account info – the social accounts which that user has plugged into Summify; click an account to view it.
 

Exploring beyond your network

Just like you explore your own network, you can also explore the networks of others on Summify. Simply find the person that you’re interested in and click the Explore button on their page.

Now go on! Discover some new stories and the interesting people behind them. Which of your friends are on Summify? Who should be?

Thank you to all of you who have completed our survey and have shared your thoughts with us. Your responses and comments have proved both interesting and useful. We hope you enjoy your new Profile and Explore. Let us know what you think.

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