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Top Influencers on Summify by Klout Score

We hope you’ve all had some fantastic holidays and found your summaries helpful in allowing you to enjoy your time offline. I certainly did!

Summify helps all sorts of people discover the top news flowing through their social networks. With all this summarizing going on, it’s easy to forget about the hard-working people behind the summaries who bring us all those great stories. Some of them are entrepreneurs, bloggers, editors, creatives, and even lawyers turned world travelers. No matter who they are, they all have one thing in common – producing, sharing, or curating high quality content. As we round-out 2011, we wanted to take a second to shout-out some of the top online influencers in the Summify community for their hard work in spreading read-worthy content.

With a little help from Sunnytrail, we’ve rounded-up the the top online influencers in the Summify community, based on Klout score. Regardless of if you’re a fan of the controversial score or not, it’s hard to argue anyone below is undeserving. Here they are:

Listing is based on Klout score as of Mon Dec 19


New York, Creative
Summify Summary / Klout Report / Twitter /

San Francisco, Technology
Summify Summary / Klout Report / Twitter /

United States, Media
Summify Summary / Klout Report / Twitter /

London, Media
Summify Summary / Klout Report / Twitter /

Los Angeles, Technology
Summify Summary / Klout Report / Twitter /

New York, Media
Summify Summary / Klout Report / Twitter /

Tokyo, Technology
Summify Summary / Klout Report / Twitter /

Taipei, Technology
Summify Summary / Klout Report / Twitter /

Hamburg, Public Relations
Summify Summary / Klout Report / Twitter / Google+

Mountain View, Technology
Summify Summary / Klout Report / Twitter /

San Francisco, Media
Summify Summary / Klout Report / Twitter /



Craig Kanalley 73K – Social Media Editor @NBCNews. Formerly HuffPost senior editor.
Summify Summary / Klout Report / Twitter

Susan Beebe 73K – Global Social Media at Dell. Social web, digital media, emerging tech
Summify Summary / Klout Report / Twitter

Hooman Radfar 73K – CEO of @clearspring, makers of @addthis
Summify Summary / Klout Report / Twitter

Eric Dupin 72K – Blogueur influençable sur Presse-citron
Summify / Klout / Twitter

Michael Q Todd 72K – Recovering Kiwi lawyer, author & love promoter
Summify / Klout / Twitter

Nico Lumma 72K
Summify / Klout / Twitter

Jodi Ettenberg 72K – World traveler, marshmallow enthusiast, writer & former lawyer
Summify / Klout / Twitter

Nassim Ghandour 72K – Photographer – CTO
Summify / Klout / Twitter


Worth a follow?

So there you have it, the most influential people on Summify in 2011. Do you think any of these influencers are worth a follow? Let us know below.

How To Be Awesome On Social Media In 20 Minutes A Day

This is a guest post by Leo Widrich, co-founder of Buffer. More about him at the bottom of this post.

As sharing is predicted to absolutely explode in the coming 2012 year, many smart people have predicted a “Shareapocalypse”. Or to speak with the words of Nova Spivack, who says:

“In the Sharepocalypse hundreds (if not thousands) of online friends share content with us across various social networks, culminating in massive information overload.”

So how can we best battle this information overload out there? With a few awesome tools, I believe it can be done. A lot of great apps have emerged to organize, consume and share your content much more efficiently than before.

Here are my top pointers for you to make the most of Social Media in just 20 minutes a day:

5 minutes: Find the best content from your Social Networks

If you really don’t want to spend any more than 5 minutes per day to get the best content from around the web, Summify is your top tool. It pulls in all the content from your Twitter, Facebook and Google Reader stream. It then passes it through their smart algorithm and comes up with the best stories based on your reading habits.

Through this, you will always be kept up to date and get your daily dose of news straight to your inbox. With the new “on demand” stories button, you can even choose to get another summary of news, if the one you received isn’t quite right for you.

Timing: Personally I love doing this early in the morning, just when I get up.


5 minutes: Share the best content more effectively on Twitter and Facebook

Now, the worst thing that could happen, is if I were to take 5 minutes to read my great Summify summary, and then blast all the top stories out to my followers, 5 at once and flood my stream. If you still want to keep your day productive, spending as little time as possible, there are a lot of smart ways to make sharing easier for yourself.

What I like to do once I have received my social summary, is to drop those awesome articles into my Buffer. Buffer will then go ahead and post them for me at the best times to Facebook or Twitter, well spaced out over the day, and my followers will receive the updates, one at a time, easy to digest.

Timing: Filling up my Buffer with Summify stories happens early in the morning too, just after I finish reading my summary.


10 minutes: Engage, comment, like, retweet and reply

The last 10 minutes, which I normally spend in the evening, after a lot of my content has been posted and got responses, I spend engaging with my followers. It is often hard to do this in a focused way, as engaging normally happens very impulsively.

So here are a few things that I do to stay focused and get more out of my time engaging with friends and followers:

  • • Reply individually to your new followers, by looking at their bio and finding something you really appreciate about what they do.
  • • Pick out 3 Facebook stories, like them and comment with a sign of appreciation.
  • • Answer a question someone asked in your Twitter stream, or try pointing them to someone who could possibly help.
  • • Browse your stream or Twitter lists and add whatever you find interesting as retweets into your Buffer. The integration of Buffer makes this super easy.

Timing: I normally do this in the late afternoon, early evening. It is a great task to relax and normally a lot of fun.


Your results

If you try out this technique by just spending 20 minutes a day, you will be amazed, by how much can achieve. Doing this, has helped me increase my click rate on Tweets tremendously. Being focused when you engage also has helped me to grow my network a lot faster than I had anticipated.

Combining Summify and Buffer, will give you a Social Media power combination of sharing and finding the best content you can possibly find – in the least amount of time spent.

To track your progress, simply take a peak at your Buffer analytics. It will show you how many clicks, retweets and the reach your posts have gotten. And especially if you are swapping to Buffer to share Summify stories from now onwards, I am sure you will see a jump in mentions, replies and retweets.

Personally, after I have been a lot more focused and a lot more positive with my commenting, retweeting and replying, I saw lots of improvement on both my follower count and click rate.

Over to you now. Do you think trying this 20 minute technique for 1 week could make a difference to your Social Media results?

About the Author:

Leo Widrich is co-founder of Buffer, keeping the community alive and buzzing by blogging fabulous Twitter tips on the Buffer blog. He loves writing and football and he’s a super helpful guy, so do say hello! You can catch him on Twitter at @LeoWid.

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

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 para compartir contenido en el tiempo adecuado para mis seguidores o para compartir directamente (dependiendo de la urgencia).

Analytics y trafico: es un comprimidor de URL que integra muy bien con Timely y Tweetdeck. Es imposible conectar 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

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:





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

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 to share right away (depending on the urgency).

Link traffic and is a URL shortener that integrates well with both Timely and Tweetdeck. It’s impossible to connect 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 (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

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:

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 Announced as Mashable Awards Finalist Thanks to Community Support

A huge THANK YOU goes out to everyone in our amazing community who nominated us – Summify has been named a finalist for Up-and-Coming Social Media Service in the 2011 Mashable Awards!

Final voting is now open and you may vote once per day until closing on Dec. 16. Winners will be announced on Mashable Dec. 19. With your permission and support, let’s keep the momentum moving toward a Mashable Award!


Vote Summify in 2 Clicks:

1) Find and click a “Vote Summify” link to view the pending vote on Mashable’s site (requires Facebook or Twitter connect).
2) Click the green “Vote” button to submit.

We’ve done our best to make voting quick and easy for you. You can temporarily bookmark this link during the awards or find it:

In your daily email digest

In our blog sidebar –>

In our Twitter bio

Your kind words of praise and support for Summify continue pushing us to work even harder on improving your news consumption experience. If we can help you anytime please drop us a line on our Get Satisfaction forum or email team(at)summify(dot)com.

Our sincerest thanks again,

Team Summify!

What’s In A Name? Following Michael Arrington from TechCrunch to UnCrunched

Earlier in September, TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington found himself closed-in by an editorial independance stand-off with AOL, and subsequently left both TechCrunch and AOL to focus on his venture capital fund, CrunchFund.

During his last month at TechCrunch, Arrington’s articles reached 22% of Summify’s total user base (i.e. about 1 in 5 Summify users received something written by Michael on TechCrunch in their summaries). The last piece written by Arrington on TechCrunch is dated Sept 6: Editorial Independance.

Less than a month after leaving TechCrunch, Arrington started his own blog,, and posted his first article on Sep 23rd: Here I Am – a simple headline, receiving 538 comments and counting.

In the month of October 2011, 21 blog posts were published on, and they’ve reached a total of 15% of Summify’s user base.

Granted, the Summify user base is skewed towards a tech savvy crowd, but it’s still stunning to see how a significant portion (68%) of Michael’s reach has transferred immediately to his new blog.

This seamless transfer of Arrington’s following is testament to the growing force of social media in our society. As content sharing becomes more effortless by the day, individuals are gaining a more powerful voice. Now, no matter where a story comes from, if it’s important it will find an audience. In this new time where organic social interactions rule the internet, it’s the people who decide what’s valuable and it’s the people behind an organization that make it’s name.

“I am TechCrunch and TechCrunch is me.” Michael Arrington

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!


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