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Weekly Top Stories Nov 4 – 10

1. 650,000 Americans Joined Credit Unions Last Month — More Than In All Of 2010 Combined

One of the tactics the 99 Percenters are using to take back the country from the 1 percent is to move their money from big banks to credit unions, community banks, and other smaller financial unions that aren’t gambling with our nation’s future.

After a tweet by @ChrislHayes, Host of Up on MSNBC, that was RT’d over 100+ times, it’s no surprise that this Occupy story hit the top of our weekly chart.


2. Google+ Pages: connect with all the things you care about

So far Google+ has focused on connecting people with other people. But we want to make sure you can build relationships with all the things you care about—from local businesses to global brands—so today we’re rolling out Google+ Pages worldwide.


3. A Brief Rant On The Future Of Interaction Design

As it happens, designing Future Interfaces For The Future used to be my line of work. I had the opportunity to design with real working prototypes, not green screens and After Effects, so there certainly are some interactions in the video which I’m a little skeptical of, given that I’ve actually tried them and the animators presumably haven’t. But that’s not my problem with the video… read more


4. Murmuration [Video]


5. Google+ Launches Branded Pages


6. Andy Rooney dead at 92

(CBS News) Andy Rooney, the “60 Minutes” commentator known to generations for his wry, humorous and contentious television essays – a unique genre he is credited with inventing – died Friday night in a hospital in New York City of complications following minor surgery. He was 92, and had homes in New York City, Rensselaerville, N.Y. and Rowayton, Conn.

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

Weekly Top Stories Oct 28 – Nov 3

1. The world at seven billion

The world’s population is expected to hit seven billion in the next few weeks. After growing very slowly for most of human history, the number of people on Earth has more than doubled in the last 50 years. Where do you fit into this story of human life? Fill in your date of birth, country, and gender and this interactive infographic can will show you your position in the world’s 7 billion people – pretty cool stuff.


2. A Sister’s Eulogy for Steve Jobs

A beautifully written tale of Steve’s life.

“…Death didn’t happen to Steve, he achieved it.” – Mona Simpsons


3. Facebook’s Zuckerberg: If I Were Starting A Company Now, I Would Have Stayed In Boston

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took the stage at Y Combinator’s Startup School in a candid interview with Y Combinator Partner Jessica Livingston. You can watch the full interview here, and it starts around the 43 minute mark, and lasts for roughly 40 minutes. If you have some time to spare, it’s well worth a look.


4. 9 Incredible Tech-Themed Halloween Costumes


5. Introducing the Gmail app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

Update: 11/2/11: Earlier today we launched a new Gmail app for iOS. Unfortunately, it contained a bug which broke notifications and caused users to see an error message when first opening the app. We’ve removed the app while we correct the problem, and we’re working to bring you a new version soon. Everyone who’s already installed the app can continue to use it.

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

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!

Weekly Top Stories Oct 21-27

1. Steve’s Final “One More Thing…”

Steve Jobs was the ultimate showman. As such, it should be no surprise that he realized the power of following up a great performance with an encore. But unlike many musicians who treat encores as a given add-on for each show, Jobs seemed to recognize that encores are much more powerful if they’re used judiciously. The Steve Jobs encore was the “One more thing…” He didn’t use it all the time, and because of that, when he did, it would whip the audience into a frenzy.


2. A More Accurate, Transparent Klout Score

Today we’re releasing a new scoring model with insights to help you understand changes in your influence. This project represents the biggest step forward in accuracy, transparency and our technology in Klout’s history. Joe shared the full vision behind these changes in his post last week.


3. Revealed – the capitalist network that runs the world

AS PROTESTS against financial power sweep the world this week, science may have confirmed the protesters’ worst fears. An analysis of the relationships between 43,000 transnational corporations has identified a relatively small group of companies, mainly banks, with disproportionate power over the global economy.


4. WATCH: Steve Jobs’s Biographer on “60 Minutes”

60 Minutes has posted its two-part interview with Walter Isaacson, the authorized biographer of Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs, which aired Sunday evening.


5. Creator Of Lisp, John McCarthy, Dead At 84

The creator of Lisp and arguably the father of modern artificial intelligence, John McCarthy, died last night. He studied mathematics with the famous John Nash at Princeton and, notably, held the first “computer-chess” match between scientists in the US and the USSR. He transmitted the moves by telegraph.

Weekly Top Stories: October 16-22

1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Noses

God is the artist. I just find the Ninja Turtle in his work.


2. Dropbox: The Inside Story Of Tech’s Hottest Startup

Here’s that rare Steve Jobs story, one that’s never been told, about the company that got away. Jobs had been tracking a young software developer named Drew Houston, who blasted his way onto Apple’s radar screen when he reverse-engineered Apple’s file system so that his startup’s logo, an unfolding box, appeared elegantly tucked inside. Not even an Apple SWAT team had been able to do that.


3. Introducing Instapaper 4.0 for iPad and iPhone

This is a big update. (Impatient? App Store link.)


4. Are Facebook ID Cards In Our Future?

Facebook has filed for a trademark on the usage of “Facebook” on business cards and, more curiously, “non-magnetically encoded” ID cards among other things. If granted the trademark would protect using the word Facebook in the specified formats, not any actual invention.


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