March 18, 2011

Summify – Custom News Digests

Few people have the time to actually read all the stories mentioned in their Google Reader, Twitter, and Facebook feeds each day. However, the two most popular solutions to this problem – spending hours a day reading articles or zoning out and not reading anything – are hardly solutions at all. Now, an app called Summify thinks it has the answer. The aggregating web-app searches through its users’ news feeds and brings them the stories that matter the most each day. Customized daily news digests are then sent via email, filling users in on the specific stories that are impacting people’s lives.

Enter your email address or create a username, and then add your Google Reader, Facebook, or Twitter account information to begin using Summify. Once you’re logged in, it’s time to configure your customized digest. Decide how often you want the digest to show up in your inbox, what time it needs to arrive, and how many stories should be featured in each email. Summify will search through all the stories mentioned on whatever accounts you’ve added – Google Reader, Facebook, or Twitter – and identify those stories that seem the most important. These very important stories will then be added to your custom email digest, which will arrive in your inbox at whatever intervals you’ve selected.

Summify determines which stories are most important by measuring how many times each article was shared, commented on, or re-tweeted. The more reaction among social media users, the higher the story will rank. Summify also works to eliminate duplicate stories from Google Reader, Facebook, and Twitter feeds. Although it’s still in development, the aggregation web-app is also working on a mobile service that will keeps its users informed about what’s going on, no matter where they’re at in the world.

Practical Uses:

  • Save time by reading only the most important news items of the day
  • Find out which articles your friends are talking about
  • Read the stories that are sure to become water cooler topics the next day
  • Cut down on the number of duplicate stories that show up on Google Reader, Facebook, and Twitter

Insider Tips:

  • Users can decide how many stories should appear in their email digests
  • Email digests can be sent as frequently, or infrequently, as a user wants
  • The more accounts a user adds, the more useful his digest will become
  • Summify is planning on launching a mobile service in the future

What we liked:

  • Summify is a useful tool for anyone who follows hundreds of RSS feeds
  • People who use Summify will never be left out when friends start talking about the day’s hot topics
  • Summify measures which stories are most important based on the amount of attention the story has received
  • Users can decide the exact time of day they’d like their digest to be sent out

What we didn’t like:

  • People who get their news solely from Summify will inevitably miss out on some lesser known, but still important, news stories


Company Info:

  • Launched: December 2010
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Vancouver, Canada
  • Founded by: Cristian George Strat and Mircea Pa?oi
  • Web site:


  • Free

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