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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.

Weekly Top Stories: Dec 9-15

1. What the World’s Biggest Websites Looked Like at Launch



Since the rise of the Internet in the ’90s, the web has shown no signs of slowing down. We’ve watched the birth and evolution of social media, e-commerce and online video entertainment.

It’s hard to imagine that the treasured websites we all use today were at one point just scribbles on a piece of paper, or the brainchild of a 19-year-old college student. With the help of the Wayback Machine, which provides screenshots of any website imaginable from its inception until now, we’re can view the original designs and content of the most visited websites in the U.S.

Seeing how far the world has come in terms of web design, where do you foresee us heading next?

 

2. New Twitter: 25 Tips and Tricks for Savvy Tweeters



The reorganized and refashioned Twitter.com is a markedly different beast than it was just 48 hours ago [Dec 7]. Now millions of users who call Twitter’s web destination home are looking for help. Perhaps just 25 soupcons of it. If so, look no further than this list of 25 new Twitter tips. Read More

 

3. Apple Made A Deal With The Devil (No, Worse: A Patent Troll)



Over the last two years, Apple has been engaged in vicious legal battles over smartphone patents, many of which are aimed at squelching (or squeezing money out of) manufacturers of devices running Android. And now, for some reason, it has given valuable patents to a patent troll — which is using them to sue many of the top technology companies in the world. Read More

 

4. Why Spotify can never be profitable: The secret demands of record labels



Imagine a new hot-dog selling venture. Let’s also say there’s only one supplier to purchase hot dogs from. Instead of simply charging a fixed price for hot dogs, that supplier demands the HIGHER of the following: $1 per hot dog sold OR $2 for every customer served OR 50 percent of all revenues for anything sold in the store.In addition, the supplier requires a two-year minimum order of 300 hot dogs per day, payable all in advance. If fewer hot dogs are sold, there is no refund. If more than 300 hot dogs are sold each day, payments to the supplier are generated by calculating $2 per customer or 50 percent of total revenues, so an additional payment is due to the supplier. After the first two years, the supplier can unilaterally adjust any of the pricing terms and the shop can never switch suppliers. Read More
 

5. Time’s Person of The Year



No one could have known that when a Tunisian fruit vendor set himself on fire in a public square, it would incite protests that would topple dictators and start a global wave of dissent. In 2011, protesters didn’t just voice their complaints; they changed the world. Read More

 

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 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!

Getting the Most from #Summify: How to Make Your Summary Better

Most aspects of our lives could benefit from a little clean-up and our content consumption is no exception. Summify filters through heaps of incoming content and helps you consume only the most relevant stories, reducing your stress and increasing your productivity. We have some helpful tips on how to make your summaries even better, but before jumping in to that, take a quick look at our post on How Summify Works for some helpful background.

When piecing together your summaries, Summify considers links from everyone you follow and all of your RSS feeds. Do you really want all of these sources influencing your summary? Maybe not. Here are some helpful ideas on how to manage influencers and maximize your summary’s usefulness.

Optimizing your accounts

The more accounts you connect, the better your summaries will be.

Twitter

1. Clean up your account – only follow people that you’re actually interested in. You can put other users, who you don’t want news from, into Twitter lists. This allows you to receive news from those you follow, while keeping an eye on other useful people. If you’re unsure if you want to follow someone, create a list and name it “new people.” If you like what they share after a couple days, follow them, if not, they’re out!

2. Find interesting people to follow using http://twitter.com/who_to_follow

Suggestions – Twitter accounts suggested for you based on who you follow and more.

Browse Interests – select the topics you are interested in. Browse the list of people and find a few new people you want to hear from.

Find Friends – search through the other services you are using to find your friends who are on Twitter. Look through your Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, MSN, AOL and LinkedIn accounts.

Influencers of influencers – who comes to mind as one of the most interesting people you follow? Find your favorite people and look at who they follow; it’s a great way to expand your network and find new people who share similar interests.

Facebook

Since Facebook is used more for casual socializing amongst friends than Twitter is, there is a serendipity in the way our conversations occur, especially between people we don’t interact with all the time. For this reason, we don’t suggest a major cleansing of your “friends” list, unless however, you’re one of those people who adds everyone under the sun. Instead of deleting any friends, our suggestion is to discover pages you like and add them to your News Feed.

Discover Facebook Pages allows you to explore pages you might enjoy. Browse by category, see your current page invites, and see which friends like similar pages to you. Click like on any page to receive updates in your News Feed.

Google Reader

Google Reader shows you all of your favorite sites in one convenient place. It’s like a personalized inbox for the entire web. Watch this one minute video to better understand Google Reader and how to add subscriptions to your account. Now that you’ve been acquainted, you can get started by adding subscriptions from your favorite websites. Not sure where to start? Browse and Search some feed bundles here.

Using Google Reader with Summify allows you to customize which feeds you want considered for your summaries.

1. Connect your Google Reader account by clicking the “g connect” button in your settings

2. Once connected, all of your Google Reader feeds will be imported into Summify. Go to Feed Settings and manually X any feeds you don’t want considered for your summary.

Note: Your Google Reader account does not synch automatically. If you add feeds to your Google Reader and want them considered in your summary you must re-connect your account in Account Settings by re-clicking the “g connect” button. Likewise, if you delete a feed in Google Reader it is not automatically deleted from your Summify feeds. If you would like to delete a feed, you must do so manually in the Feeds area of your settings.

I use a feed reader other than Google Reader

No problem! Import an OPML file to populate your Summify feeds. An OPML file is package of feeds that you can grab from your other feed reader. The button to import an OPML file is in the Feeds area of your settings.

Filters: domains and users

If you realize that a certain domain contributor is responsible for uninteresting stories in your Summary just X them out. In your web summary, hover your mouse on top of the story’s domain source and click the X to filter it out from future summaries. Likewise, hover your mouse on top of any one of a story’s contributors and click the X to filter out their influence from future summaries. You can always undo these actions in the Filters area of your Settings. Your filtering actions are completely private and nobody will ever know when you’ve eliminated them from your summary.


Like button

Using the Like button is a strong positive signal which helps your summary recipe understand what you enjoy reading. There is also another direct benefit to the Like button; when clicked, you “Like” the link on Facebook as well. Give it a try. You can find the Like button in your web summary, when you hover your mouse on a story headline; and on the share bar beside the share button, once you’ve clicked through to read a story.


Summary

Frequency – adjust how often your summaries are generated and how many stories each contains. Increasing your summary’s frequency or number of stories forces Summify to pull more content from your network. This can lead to a broader range of sources appearing in your summary, but only if you follow a significant number of sources on Twitter, Facebook or Google Reader; otherwise your summaries may feel thin. Our recommendation is to keep your summary schedule on the lighter side, to ensure quality. The default schedule is five stories, once per day.

Privacy – we recommend leaving your summary public, as it is by default. Public summaries are better for everyone, enabling others to explore your summaries, and allowing you to discover the summaries of people you know and others you don’t. Here are a few samples:

Kevin Rose – founder of Digg.com
Jay Baer – author of the Convince & Convert blog and co-author of The Now Revolution
Liz Gannes – covers the social web for AllthingsD.com
Jodi Ettenberg – world traveler, former lawyer, legalnomads.com
Emily Leary – communications consultant and blogger, co-founder of #CommsChat
Zee Kane – editor-in-chief of The Next Web

We will continue working hard to send you top notch summaries, but despite our hard work there’s no way we can know you as good as you know yourself. Try out some of the tips we’ve provided you with and fine-tune your summaries to make them that much better.

Everyone uses Summify a little bit differently and we’re sure that many of you have discovered your own nifty ways of enhancing your summaries. Do you have a tip or creative idea on how other Summifyers can get the most out of their summaries? Please share them in the comments section or feel free to pass them on to us at team@summify.com.

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