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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 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!

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.

#Summify Changes Dislike Button To Like Button and Moves Blog Feed

Like Button

The Summify thumbs-down “Dislike” button has now changed to a thumbs-up “Like” button. The original addition of the Dislike button made perfect sense from an engineering point of view. Our thinking was that the dislikes would be a nice complement to the positive signals sent to us every time you clicked a story, and together we would use these signals to improve your recommendations. In practice however, the dislike button has not proved popular, and so we have decided to swap it for a new thumbs up Like button; a turn that frown upside down kind of thing.

The new Like button is a strong positive signal for your Summary’s recipe and has another direct benefit to you: when you click it, you “Like” the link on Facebook as well. Give it a try; you can find the Like button on your web summary and the share bar:

Web Summary – hover your mouse on the headline for it to appear

Share Bar – at the top of your screen, beside the share button when you view a story

Our Blog Feed Has Moved

Don’t forget to keep in touch. Our new feed has moved to feed://blog.summify.com/feed. We do apologize for the switch. It was unavoidable during our migration to WordPress and we hope you can take a moment to adjust it in your feed reader.

Summify Launches Redesign: Our New Look

The Summify pirate army has been hard at work pushing out updates, improvements and we recently passed the 2 Billion story mark!

2 Billion Stories

And there lies our insight. If we’re sleek and simple in how we deliver your news, isn’t it time that we start looking the part? Our makeup artists have cleared, the wood look is gone and the new Summify is here: simple, fresh and clean, with more pictures and Instapaper!

Email Summary

A simple flow with everything left-aligned: headline > contributors > excerpt.

Summify's New Email Summary

Web Summary

Summify's New Web Summary

Profile Picture – visitors can now see who is behind each Summary. The picture is pulled from your Twitter or Facebook account. Edit your picture in settings > Profile

About Me – give people a taste of who you are in a few more words than Twitter (200 character max). Found underneath your name. Edit your bio in settings > Profile.

Accounts – easily view a Summifyer’s social accounts. Found to the right of their bio. Manage your accounts in settings > accounts

More Summaries – under each profile picture, you will find buttons to previous and more recent summaries from that user.

Your News – headlines and excerpts now appear on top of each story’s image, contributors now appear on the right side of each story, filters have not changed, and share buttons are placed underneath each story, on the right side.

Social Bar

The Social Bar appears at the top of your screen when you view a story on the web. New additions to the bar include the “Summary” icon, which returns you to your Summary, as well as up and down arrows that will send you to your previous and next story, respectively.

One more thing…

The highly anticipated integration with Instapaper is fully functional. To read your stories later, click the Instapaper button: in your email Summary; in your web Summary, under each story; or inside the “Share” button, found on the Social Bar as you view a story.

So there you have it. Just like we recommend that most people take a shower in the morning, it was time for us to take our own advice, and clean up a little. We feel like we’re getting a bit closer to having the total package, but we want to know what you think.

Do we have the looks to back up our brains? Leave a comment and tell us what you think. What we really want to know is, will you go steady and stand by us?

Summify iPhone Update 1.1

We’d like to send out a big Thank You to all of you Summifyers and fans for spreading the word about the app, rating it, and sending your valuable feedback. One amazing Summifyer even created a Chrome Extension to support Instapaper, thanks @bdotdub! We’ve listened and pumped out some key improvements:

-Highly anticipated support for Instapaper (via the share screen)
-Bug fixes for iPod Touch and iPhone 3G users
-Easier access to featured accounts

We love to hear how your Summifying is going. Please continue rating the app and sharing your feedback with us: team(at)summify(dot)com.

Summify Gets RSS: The Only Feed You Will Ever Need

The RSS feed of your summary has arrived! It has been a popular request over the last few months, so let’s cut the chat and get straight to the goods.

The link to your RSS feed:
http://summify.com/USERNAME/latest?format=rss

Simply replace “USERNAME” with the name you see in the address bar of your web summary:

How to find the RSS feed in your browser:
Chrome
Firefox 3
Firefox 4+
Safari

So what should I do with my RSS feed? Share your news with friends and followers!

1) Anyone can add your Summary to their Google Reader or other RSS feed reader account using this format: http://summify.com/USERNAME/latest?format=rss

2) Display your Summary on your blog. Simply add the URL of your RSS feed into an RSS widget provided by your blogging platform.

Lastly, before sharing your Summary with the rest of the World, take a quick look at our latest filters that can help you eliminate unwanted stories: http://smf.is/5odaJ

Happy Summifying!

Summify Launches iPhone App


July 8, 2011

After receiving mountains of requests for a mobile app, we set off to discover the best way to make your social summaries mobile. Three months later, we have some exciting results to share with you. Summify for iPhone is here!

Our goal was to create an app that would deliver a beautiful user experience and make it easy to consume the five or ten stories that matter most. Most notable are the large images and standout headlines, designed to keep your focus on what’s important – the stories. You will also enjoy the intuitive navigation, automatic summary notifications, and the ability to manage settings right from your iPhone. The all-new, graphically rich redesign is just a sneak peak of what is yet to come.

Rating and Feedback

Now the rest is up to you! Try out the app and take a second to rate it if you like it!
Good ratings help get Summify in front of more people who might find it really useful. If you’re not quite satisfied with the app, we’re always here to listen. Consider yourself an extension of the team here at Summify. If you don’t speak up, everyone could be missing out on a great idea or improvement. Just drop us an email at team@summify.com
with your feedback – we love to hear it all!

Screenshots:

News Summary (left), Reactions found under each individual story (right)

Individual Story (left), Share Screen (right)

Summify Goes Hollywood

Pictures are great, but Videos are even better. Anytime we introduce new features to the Summify experience, expect to see a blockbuster demo posted in living color. Although we learn fast, it may take us some time to release them in 3D – bear with us ;)

Our First Tutorial: Filters and the Dislike Button

As always, keep letting us know how your Summifying is going. More updates on the way!

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