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Summify Spotlight – Simon Boichot

As more spanish-speaking Summifyers continue popping up all around the World, we’ve created our first bilingual post to share cools tips and tricks with our wider community! Click for English

Las series Summify Spotlight enseñan cómo la gente usa Summify en su trabajo de todos los dias, compartiendo sus consejos de productividad y fuentes favoritas para ayudarlos a aprovechar al máximo sus resúmenes Summify.
 
Sobre Simon (@boichot): es una mezcla entre un “geek” que no es bueno programando y un aficionado de las artes, lo que lo llevo a trabajar en administración y mercadeo en el sector de la música, especialmente usando herramientas para promover eventos en vivo e investigar para volver la experiencia del publico aún mejor. Para resumir, está haciendo un trabajo que le encanta y trata de enterarse de lo que pasa en un negocio que se mueve muy (muy) rápido.

Enter Simon

La mayor parte del tiempo uso Summify para el trabajo, me sirvió para varias cosas : monitorear la comunidad de seguidores del Festival Latin Reggae Bits, conocer las nuevas tendencias en negocios inclusivos para hablar de ellas con el equipo de Makesense y, por supuesto, mantener un ojo sobre las redes sociales y monitorear las noticias del sector de la música sin estar conectado todo el tiempo para mi trabajo de todos los días en Cecom Musica.

Summify me sirve diferamente según los proyectos, para un proyecto como el Festival Latin Reggae Bits lo use para saber cuál es el contenido más compartido dentro de la comunidad de seguidores del festival. Así, puedo posicionar el Festival como un medio y también me permitió involucrar los mismos seguidores en la generación de contenido, nombrándolos destacando el contenido de lo cual están hablando. Lastimosamente, este proyecto se hizo como una consultoría temporal y no pude seguir el proceso. Creo mucho en la posibilidad de transformar un evento o una banda en un medio y, aún más, en un medio colaborativo implicando la misma comunidad, Summify es una herramienta muy buena para hacer eso.

Por otra parte, uso Summify todo los días para monitorear Twitter y las personas que sigo sin estar conectado todo el tiempo, me gusta mucho el correo que me llega todo los días con el contenido más mencionado por las personas que sigo. Me permite filtrar el ruido de Twitter (lo uso también con Facebook pero hace solamente un poco de tiempo que tengo un uso profesional de Facebook para conectarme con la gente así que todavía no hay mucho contenido que me llega de allí) y siempre tener buen contenido para compartir con mis seguidores.

Finalmente, este trabajo de monitoreo me permite seguir informado y tener material para presentaciones y artículos sobre la evolución de la música en relación con lo digital, como lo que estoy haciendo con Myband.is.
 

Herramientas y consejos para optimizar su uso de Twitter

Descubrí Twitter en 2007 cuando entré a trabajar por su copycat alemán : Frazr. Al mismo tiempo que estaba creciendo Twitter, el número de personas que seguía crecía también y durante un rato me conectaba de manera muy escasa a Twitter. Volvi completamente otra vez cuando llegué a Colombia porque era una manera de mantener el contacto con el sector de la música en Francia y de interactuar con el sector colombiano al mismo tiempo, pero estaba todavía una actividad que necesitaba mucho tiempo si quería hacerlo bien. Siempre me pregunto cómo hacen las personas que siguen 5.000 personas en adelante para mantener un contacto social con todas esas personas – me parece bastante artificial la mayor parte del tiempo y eso es como raro para mí.

Para mantener el contacto con las personas que sigo, para compartir y intercambiar, desarrollé una navaja suiza de herramientas y métodos que me gustan usar:

Monitorear una comunidad y las personas que sigo: usar las listas Twitter y seguirlas con Hootsuite o Tweetdeck

Descubrir nuevas personas para seguirlas:
Twitter Search (tambien una muy buena herramienta de monitorea combinada con Hootsuite o Tweetdeck)
• Recomendaciones de otros tuiteros
• Enlaces de las cuentas Twitter de los blogs que leo
• Personas siguiendo o que están seguidas por personas que ya conozco
Rapportive que me permite ver las cuentas Twitter de las personas con las cual intercambio por correo en Gmail

Hacer un resumen de mis noticias sociales: Summify me trae las noticias mas importantes desde mis flujos sociales. Me gusta mucho la posibilidad de incorporar flujos RSS que me permite especificar los medios que prefiero.

Publicar: Uso Timely.is para compartir contenido en el tiempo adecuado para mis seguidores o Bit.ly para compartir directamente (dependiendo de la urgencia).

Analytics y trafico: Bit.ly es un comprimidor de URL que integra muy bien con Timely y Tweetdeck. Es imposible conectar Bit.ly con Hootsuite sin usar trucos como scripts de Greasemonkey.

Limpieza de la lista de las personas que sigo: iunfollow o de manera mas selectiva con socialbro. Me ayuda a mantener una lista pertinente que contenga solo las personas con las cuales quiero seguir en contacto, las que intercambian conmigo y comparten buen contenido.

Analizar mi cuenta Twitter para mejorarla: socialbro y crowdbooster es una cosa que hago debe ser cuando

Durante todo ese proceso, las herramientas que mas uso a parte de Summify son: Timely, HootSuite o Tweetdeck y Bit.ly.

Aqui estan mis tuiteros favoritos:

@Makesensetwitts – an open project which challenges people for social business
@transmusicales – music festival focused on revelation in Britain
@eurockeennes – music festival in my hometown
@mybandis – web project from Colombia, making website building easy for music bands
@virberg – founder of @DBTH_AA, strategy & development for artists & creative industries
@thornybleeder – rock n’ roll brand architect
@makeitinmusic – a resource dedicated to mentoring aspiring artists
@brandinyourhand – international consultant in the arts, especially new technology.
@unicum_music – because each artist we represent is unique, Management & publishing
@artsoz – arts marketing consultant and commentator

Si quiere conectarse con Simon para escuchar mas de sus proyectos o de su experiencia con la música y los medios sociales, conéctese con el en LinkedIn, Summify o siga @boichot en Twitter.

Dejenos saber lo que piensa de nuestro Spotlight! Si quiere estar considerado para un próximo post de los Summify Spotlight no dude en escribirnos aqui: team@summify.com.

 


 

ENGLISH VERSION

 

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 Simon: Simon Boichot (@boichot) is a mix of a not-so-good-at-programming computer geek and an art enthusiast, which lead him to work in music management and music marketing, especially using web tools to promote live events and investigate ways to make the audience experience greater. In short, Simon’s doing a job he loves, trying to stay up to date in a really fast moving industry.
 

Enter Simon

Most of the time I’m using Summify for work. I’ve used it for several projects: to monitor the Latin Reggae Bits Festival followers, to follow social business trends and talk about them with the Makesense crew, and, obviously, to stay up to date on the music business without being obliged to be connected to the social networks all the time, for my work at Cecom Musica.

I’m using Summify in different ways depending on the project. On one hand, for the Latin Reggae Bits Festival I used Summify to discover what content followers of the festival were sharing the most. This helped me position the Festival as a media source, allowing me to involve the followers in content generation, mention them, and show the content they were talking about. Unfortunately, this project was based on temporary consulting and I could not follow the process the entire way. I really think that turning an event or a band into a content provider has a lot of potential, even more, I think turning one into a collaborative content provider based on crowdsourcing and the community of followers is a really good way to communicate within social media. To achieve this Summify is, in my point of view, a great tool.

On the other hand, I’m using Summify every day to monitor Twitter and the people I’m following without being obliged to be connected all the time. I really like the email I’m receiving with the most mentioned content from my timeline. It allows me to filter the noise on Twitter (I’m using it with Facebook too, but I’m just starting to use this social network as a professional network, so the content which is coming from Facebook is still very little) and always have great content to share with my followers.

Finally, this monitoring work allows me to stay informed and have material for presentations and articles that I’m making on the evolution of music marketing, especially with a digital point of view, like what I’m doing with Myband.is.
 

Tools and Advice To Help Your Twitter Work-Flow

I discovered Twitter back in 2007 when I began working at Frazr (a German Twitter copycat). As Twitter became bigger and bigger, so did my timeline, and for a while I only checked Twitter sporadically. I fully got back into it when I landed in Colombia because it was a way to stay in contact with the French music sector and to interact with the Colombian one at the same time, but it was still a very time consuming activity if I wanted to do it well. I always wonder how people who follow 5,000+ people can keep in social contact with all them – it seems pretty artificial most of the time, and this is strange to me.

To stay in contact with the people I’m following, to share and converse, I’ve developed a Swiss Army Knife of tools and methods that I like to use:

Monitoring a community and those I follow – use Twitter Lists and watch them with Hootsuite or Tweetdeck.

Discovering new people to follow:
Twitter Search (also a great monitoring tool within Hootsuite or Tweetdeck)
• recommendations from others
• links to Twitter accounts from the blogs I read
• people following or followed by people I already know
Rapportive allows me to see the Twitter accounts of my Gmail contacts

Summarizing my social newsSummify brings me the most important news from my social feeds. I really like how I can import RSS feeds, allowing me to specify the media I prefer.

Publishing – I use Timely to share content at optimal times for my followers, or Bit.ly to share right away (depending on the urgency).

Link traffic and analyticsBit.ly is a URL shortener that integrates well with both Timely and Tweetdeck. It’s impossible to connect Bit.ly to Hootsuite without using tricks like Greasemonkey.

Radical cleaning of who I follow on Twitteriunfollow, or more selectively with socialbro. This helps me maintain a pertinent list of only the people I want to stay in contact with, and those who are conversing with me.

Analyzing my Twitter account for improvements – something I do from time to time – socialbro and crowdbooster.

During this process, the tools I’m using the most, besides Summify, are: Timely, HootSuite or Tweetdeck, and Bit.ly (which integrates nicely with both Timely and Tweetdeck).

Here are my top top 10 Twitter follows:

@Makesensetwitts – an open project which challenges people for social business
@transmusicales – music festival focused on revelation in Britain
@eurockeennes – music festival in my hometown
@mybandis – web project from Colombia, making website building easy for music bands
@virberg – founder of @DBTH_AA, strategy & development for artists & creative industries
@thornybleeder – rock n’ roll brand architect
@makeitinmusic – a resource dedicated to mentoring aspiring artists
@brandinyourhand – international consultant in the arts, especially new technology.
@unicum_music – because each artist we represent is unique, Management & publishing
@artsoz – arts marketing consultant and commentator

If you want to connect with Simon to hear more about his projects or experience with social media and music, check him out on LinkedIn, Summify or follow @boichot on Twitter.

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.

Summify Spotlight – Jessica Newell

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 Jessica: Jessica Newell is founder of J Newell Media, an online media goods company that focuses on helping entrepreneurs in the creative industries develop their web presence and maintain nurturing social media relations. With an extensive background in the dance industry, on the job experience in business administration and a firm grasp on understanding the design world, Jessica has cultivated a unique perspective on what success in online business entails. Now its time for her to share it with the world.

Enter Jessica

Summify has become one of my best sources of connecting with followers on Twitter. I first started using it to keep track of the latest tweeted stories each morning as my day got rolling. This was a tremendous benefit to me as a Twitter newbie because it helped me save hours of searching through all of those tweets for posts that were read worthy.

My primary goals for connecting via social media are to stay on the cutting edge of all that’s going on and build a strong network of professional relationships and I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how well Summify supports both of these. Beyond spotlighting the latest content from my networks, I’ve found Summify’s notification feature to be a nifty little service that sends you a Direct Message straight to Twitter every time your summary is ready. This may be one of my favorite features. Who doesn’t love a way to keep your email inbox clean while getting all of the info you rely on? (plus it gives me a reason to check a DM inbox that’s filled with mostly spammy requests.)

BUT, by far the number 1 reason why I love Summify – and this was a real surprise to me – it helps me reconnect with my followers!

I set up the auto-tweet messages and while I haven’t customized my own message yet, I’m already seeing results from Summify’s random selection of sharing messages. Since it tweets my daily Summify, including a few Twitter handles of those included, it gives exposure to my contributors, sharing them with my fans, and helps me connect with them.

From the day I started using this feature I’ve had people reply to me thanking me for including them in those tweets. And of course, since I can’t take credit for it I always reply back letting them know it was all thanks to Summify! It’s like a little busy bee worker for me that I get to delegate tasks too.

And while I haven’t crunched any numbers, the true ROI for me comes because I get to promote others and re-engage with them. My goal is to continue to make this a part of my social media engagement strategy and as things go forward I’m hoping to personalize this process even more by commenting directly on the post that gets Summifyed.

Here are some of my favorite Twitter picks:

@ThereseCator – helping people turn their passion into a movement
@CharlieGrosso – Fire starter. Rule Breaker. Photographer. World Traveler.
@KeshaBruce – Artist, Gallery Director, Storyteller, Over-Priced Shoe buyer
@PapernStitch – I promote artists & makers of all things handmade for a living
@WhenIGroUpCoach – Creative career coach/actress/singer/old soul/Jew with a WASPy name
@JessicagSwift – My work & my brand are all about color and happiness. I’m an obsessive print designer
@MelanieDuncan7 – A serial entrepreneuress teaching women how to create successful online businesses
@Leaderswest – I introduce great companies to great customers
@scoutiegirlblog – Connect, converse, and commune with other extraordinary creative women & men
@Cravecompany – CRAVE innovatively connects urban gals to the sassiest, gutsiest, most inspiring people they need to know in town

Have any questions for Jessica or want to hear more? Check out her blog, about.me page, or follow @JessicaLNewell on Twitter.

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.

Summify Spotlight – Erin Bazinet

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 Erin: Erin Bazinet is a recent graduate of Stonehill College. After graduation, she studied abroad in Europe, traveled across the United States and then fortuitously found her way to the world of recruitment. Erin recently moved to Boston, MA where I she now works as a candidate sourcer – the integral step of talent acquisition before recruitment – for a growing RPO company. Erin explores and hunts the web for resumes, profiles, or bios with the end goal of finding and delivering qualified candidates to the recruiters. In addition to sourcing, Erin is an avid soccer fan and is always looking for new places to travel.

At Giant's Causeway in Norther Ireland, where I studied abroad

As someone who peruses through endless articles and new stories each and every day, it’s certainly easy to get caught up in all of the clutter the open web has to offer us. After all of the searching and scavenging, I refine the information I would like to share with my network. This process varies from person to person, but the end result tends to be the same: everyone wants to communicate and celebrate those stories which interest them the most. And voilà! In comes Summify to help with this endeavor.

What problem does Summify solve for you?

My job as a sourcer requires that I spend large amounts of time online as I explore ways to keep up to date on industry trends, company news, and employment updates. In order to share this information with my network, I like to make sure that what I’m posting to Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc. will be of relevance and significance to those who will read it. Summify not only helps me keep right on top of all the important news and events in my world, it also helps me make this same pertinent information readily accessible to others who might greatly benefit from it as well. Summify makes it that much easier to communicate news and articles by now including a share feature that allows its users to post to their social networks. By being able to easily share these stories from one website, it saves me time to concentrate on other areas of my job, while continually building my network.

How are you using Summify as a tool?

I discovered Summify after I was mentioned on Twitter in another user’s daily summary. Lucky for me, my curiosity was piqued! After exploring the website and creating a summary of my own, I discovered how much of an asset this website could be for me. I tend to share my summaries with hashtags that highlight the main topics, which allows me to intrigue not only my followers, but those interested in those same subjects. I advocate this website to anyone who not only wants to save time with their daily information search, but to see what everyone else is talking about as well.

All in all, Summify has certainly become an integral part of my social media tool kit. I highly recommended this service to anyone who is looking for easy access to the stories that will be of interest and worth passing on to their whole network.
 
Some interesting follows I recommend:

@SourceCon: News, events, knowledge, research- all sourcing.
@SevenstepRPO: Take a gander at the recruitment company I work for.
@BostonTweet: Sharing all of those sweet spots Beantown has to offer.
@epltalk: I want my soccer news, and espn just doesn’t cut it.
@BrilliantTips: Tips and advice for all of those who need to travel.

Want to hear more? Check out Erin on twitter @erinbaz.


On the Hollywood Walk of Fame and probably as close as I’ll ever get to Matt Damon

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.

Summify Spotlight – Jodi Ettenberg

Very quickly, Jodi’s @legalnomads Twitter handle became familiar to me as she happily sent out Summify referrals into the Twitterverse and asked us questions about our latest updates. I had to know more about her. After seeing a recent tweet about her podcast interview on Suitcase Entrepreneur, I took a listen. It turns out she’s a rather interesting former lawyer gone world traveler who shares my love for SE Asia, and that right there is what our new Summify Spotlight series is all about – exposing new sources and encouraging new connections by shining the light on the wonderfully different and fascinating Summifyers in our community.

About Jodi: After working as a lawyer for five years to save up money for travel, she quit her job and bought a one-way ticket to Chile. Over three years later, she has traipsed through South America, Siberia, Mongolia, China and a good swath of Southeast Asia, with no plans to stop anytime soon. Throughout, Jodi has blogged about her misadventures on local transportation, her obsessive love of street food and the politics of the places she visits. She currently works as a freelance writer and photographer (while trying to eat as much sticky rice as possible).

Enter Jodi Ettenberg

Jodi with Pancake the Tiger - Chiang Mai, Thailand

How do you like to consume your news?

As social media and travel become more tightly intertwined, services and apps have cropped up to streamline the digestion process. Be it aggregators like PopUrls or talented curators like Brain Pickings or Kottke, funneling the tremendous volume of information can be an exhausting endeavor for those who want to stay current. As a result, I’ve come to value services that allow me to tailor information and fast-track the most relevant stories straight to my inbox. Summify has proven an excellent addition to my tools.

As someone who has been travelling and eating my way around the world for the last few years, I’ve found myself in a bit of a strange position. I’m a hard news and technology junkie, but I’m often in extremely remote places. While I have thoroughly enjoyed disconnecting from the Internet during trips to Laos or Myanmar or Mongolia, I’ve returned wanting to know what I missed in the world. It’s not about connecting with others (though I do miss the interaction) so much as keeping myself attuned to what goes on elsewhere. I didn’t want to return home from longer stretches of travel and find myself unaware of what happened in the interim. Reverse culture shock was much easier to handle when there were points of news to discuss with family and friends, and I knew what was going on in the world.

Jodi with Pa-O tribeswomen - Inle Lake, Burma

Enter Summify. I initially heard of them via Twitter, of course, and signed up from my apartment in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I’ve been using them since early 2010 and have foisted the service on anyone who will listen, especially journalist friends who have a need to consume a serious amount of information but rarely the corresponding time to do so. Despite not having a traditional job, doing freelance writing and travel photography requires at a lot of moving around, away from the computer. Besides, how would I sit and read BBC News on a train to Siberia? Even if there was WiFi (there isn’t) I’d prefer to chat with a local family about what they ate for dinner. So instead, I get an email from Summify listing the 10 top stories from my networks. I’ve recently increased the frequency to twice-a-day summaries in an aim to tailor the service further.

How do you use Summify?

When people ask about my social media tools, I suggest Summify first because each user’s feeds can be whittled down to what they want their summary to be. Ultimately what we each think is relevant is a subjective and moving target, so the amount of tailoring is an important feature for the service. I receive a lot of fellow travel bloggers’ feeds on Google Reader and I tend to use Twitter as an RSS feed, following few people and using it for location and news updates as I travel. My aim was for Summify to supplement my news access when I was unable to remain online, to be my bulletin for the prior day.

Working in El Nido - Palawan, Philippines

It’s been a great success for me, floating the stories my network has highlighted during the course of the day while at the same time allowing me to “x” out domains that I don’t want to appear or “thumbs up”ing articles I want to see more of. Over my months of use, I’ve seen my Summify moving more and more toward hard news, science and technology, which was my aim in signing up.

I’ve been recommending Summify in podcasts or interviews, and when they approached me to participate in their new spotlight series, I was happy to explain how the tool has worked for me. It’s been a very satisfying supplement to an active Twitter community and some choice curators, and I’m looking forward to seeing how they tweak the service going forward.

Some interesting follows I recommend:

@pkedrosky – investor, media guy, humanist, hater of fluorescent lights
@brainpicker – interestingness curator & semi-secret geek obsessed with design…
@mathewi – senior writer at GigaOm, former journalist for The Globe and Mail…
@markmackinnon – East Asia correspondent for The Globe and Mail…
@antderosa – Social Media Editor at Reuters…
@openculture – The best FREE cultural & educational media on the web…
@kirstinbutler – Cultural canary, unapologetic generalist, pie-lover…

Want to hear more? You can connect with Jodi on Summify, her Legal Nomads blog, Facebook or on Twitter.

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

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