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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:

Inside your daily email digest

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!

#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

#Summify Welcomes New Intern

Stefan Filip Summify Intern

Team Summify welcomes Stefan Filip, another crazy hacker and our new intern! As you can tell from the photo He’s excited to be here, and I’m envisioning he struck a similar pose for the paparazzi when he hopped of the airplane at YVR. After only a few short days, he’s enjoying Vancouver and says the trains, streets, signal lights and diners remind him a lot of New York.

Joining us until December, Stefan is on the home stretch of completing his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Bucharest in Romania. He’s an international medalist in programming contests and recently interned at Google’s New York office during the Summer of 2010. After working in one of the most powerful technology companies of our time, Stefan wanted to find out what it’s like to work with a small team trying to make it big. During Cristian’s visit back to Romania last winter, Stefan heard that Summify was looking for interns and jumped at the opportunity to join the team. He hopes to learn more about the developmental challenges and lifestyle of a start-up company, so that one day he’ll be prepared to launch his own. It’s safe to say he’s in the right place and we look forward to throwing a few challenges his way. Offline, Stefan enjoys running, reading, dancing and games, be they on a computer, board, or sports field.

Be sure to check back in to see how Stefan’s doing. If you have any questions about his life as an intern at Summify tweet us @Summify or drop us a line at team(at)summify.com. Check out Stefan on Summify and Twitter to get to know him a little better:

Stefan on Summify
Stefan on Twitter
Stefan(at)summify.com

Getting the Most from #Summify: How It Works

This is the first part of an ongoing series that will help you better understand how Summify works and how you can get the most out of your summaries. First things first. In order to improve something you need to understand it.

You all know that Summify automatically identifies the most important news stories for you across all of your networks, but how does all that actually happen? Does it have something to do with extra-terrestrial beings from Area 51? Well that’s confidential, but here’s a few things we can say.

How do the algorithms work?

Plug in your social accounts > links are collected > links are filtered > summary arrives!

Accounts

You can plug-in three types of social accounts to Summify: Twitter, Facebook and Google Reader. How many accounts can you plug-in from each service? There is no limit for Twitter, Facebook and Google Reader, add as many as you have!

Collecting links

Once you’ve chosen which accounts to connect, Summify begins analyzing them, collecting all the links found in your news streams. Currently only links to articles (text-based links) are collected. Summify does not consider any other link types: e.g. youtube links, audio links, download links etc. But hey, things change pretty fast around here, so you never know what’s next.

Filtering links: cut the S***

The Summify algorithms use dozens of signals, but in general news that has been shared, liked and retweeted a lot by your friends is considered more important. However, not all of your friends are equal and we pay special attention to those who you interact with more. Global popularity signals such as the total number of times a link is tweeted, or liked and shared on Facebook are also considered, but are less important than the sharing activity of the people closest to you.

Filtering links: learning

The Summify algorithms are also fans of learning. As you continue using Summify, we analyze your click history and understand your interests to further improve your story recommendations.

We understand your interests indirectly by looking at what you click on. We notice if you tend to click more on stories:

  • from a particular user on Twitter, Facebook, or a certain RSS Feed;
  • from a particular domain or with common keywords in the story title; and
  • if you prefer Twitter stories more than Facebook stories.

We hope that this break down has helped you understand how stories make the cut into your summary. On average, for each story that makes it into your summary we reject 150 other less relevant stories, so with Summify you’re reading only the good stuff. Not only is this a huge time saver, it also makes your Twitter and Facebook experience more useful.

To gain a greater perspective on the volume of news being shared and the amount of stories being filtered from your summaries, check out our recent Social Sharing Infographic.

Finally, if you haven’t seen it already, take a peek at our “What is Summify?” video to get a helpful visual representation of some of the things we just covered. Next up: optimizing your summaries.

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.

Launch@Grow Highlights from #Summify

Team Summify - Launch@Grow 2011

Team Summify (minus Mircea)

We have lift off. Last week’s Launch@Grow launch party to the 2011 Grow Conference celebrated the blast-off of 15 of Canada’s top early stage startups, as chosen by Canadian and Silicon valley judges.

With a fashionably late arrival, Team Summify setup shop quickly and got ready for an evening of mingling. Thanks to Bootup, beer, bunnies, and a little foosball, a great time was had by all. Here’s the highlight reel:

Foosball: Summify vs A Thinking Ape
Nim represents for Summify in @athinkingape‘s foosball tournament, and Urbandig brings a party bunny.

demonstrating summify at launch@grown
Our favorite part was mixing with everyone and getting to talk with current and potential new Summifyers. It’s always interesting to see how people react to our value proposition, and it’s even nicer to talk to loads of people who already use and love the service.

Summify's super hero trophy - Launch@Grow 2011Summify Victory - Launch@Grow 2011
Summify was among the four winning startups chosen to pitch to Silicon Valley Angels and VCs at Under The Radar on Day 2 of the Grow Conference. Cristian Strat stepped up to pitch Summify to the high-caliber tech judges; some of which are already active Summify users. He had a great experience and we would like to thank you for your valuable insights and tough questions:

Wesley Chan, Investment Partner Google Ventures

Jeff Clavier, Founder and Managing Partner SoftTech VC

Rob Hayes, Managing Partner First Round Capital

Lars Leckie, Partner Hummer Winblad

Eghosa Omoigui, Founder EchoVC Partners

Aydin Senkut, Founder and President Felicis Ventures

A congratulations is also in order to the promising companies who joined us to pitch on Day 2: Unbounce (pitch winner), Tiipz and Rocketr. Great work!

Mircea with Dave from Hootsuite
Dave from Hoosuite is so cool that someone made a cardboard cut-out of him. We’re big fans of Hootsuite and @daveohoots so we got in on the action. Be sure to check out his Vancouver, BC craft beer tour on Urbandig.


From the launch party to the after party – as if @dannyrobinson hasn’t got enough of us, he made Mircea swallow some helium and attempt to pitch Summify again. Romanian helium accents are fantastic.

Launch@Grow Summary

For some of you, and our camera, the night may have been a little blurry. In case you need some help to remember all the cool companies that you bumped into, we made a Launch@Grow Summary just for you (click the images for a readable size):

Launch@Grow 2011 Summary FrontLaunch@Grow 2011 Summary back

Finally, thank you to Grow Conference 2011 organizers Debbie Landa and Jasmine Antonick of Dealmaker Media and our friends at Bootup for an amazing Launch@Grow event. For more on everyone behind the event and photos check out Bootup’s #LPGROW It’s a Wrap blog and their Flickr stream. Cheers!

Photo: @sonia, @dannyrobinson, @maurar. Not present, but equally awesome: @janisbehan, @dshanahan, @mackflavelle.

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