Summify Acquired by Twitter (and Going Bye Bye)

Summify Acquired by Twitter (and Going Bye Bye) | 40Tech

Back in August of last year, we wrote about Summify, a fantastic tool for getting to and sharing the highlights of your social streams and feeds. I’ve used this tool religiously for the past several months and have found it to be incredibly useful, especially with Twitter. Just last week, however, I received an email from the Vancouver-based start-up and discovered that they had become yet another in a long line of services to be snatched up and absorbed by a tech giant — in this case, Twitter. Great for them, but sad for you and me.

The Summify team will be moving to San Francisco, where they will become a part of Twitter’s growth team. Summify the service will be stripped down for the time being, and will eventually shutdown altogether as a standalone product.

Here’s the main list of changes from their announcement:

  • New account registrations have been disabled.
  • Email summaries remain, but only for a few weeks, and then they are gone as well.
  • Users will still receive their summaries via the web app (and the iPhone app, as well, I believe), but will no longer be able to make them public.
  • Profile and influence pages are gone, as is auto-publish.

I’ve also noticed that sharing posts to Twitter from Summify no longer adds credits to the end of the tweet. Previously, the tweet would add in an @mention to a few of those in your network that shared the information with you in the first place, but this is no longer the case, at least from the mobile app.

There is no word yet as to when Summify will shut down completely, or what cool newness might arise in Twitter as a result. Either way, while I’m happy for the people behind the great service, I will really miss Summify as a standalone tool. Hopefully, something truly great comes out of this. In the meantime, we can only hope that Zite — and maybe Flipboard — will pick up the slack by improving how they filter our streams.

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  2. I don’t understand Twitter’s approach of buying up popular services/companies and then stripping them of most of the features that made them popular to begin with, as happened with Tweetdeck and Tweetie 2. Even if they acquired them to elimiate a competitor, surely they would benefit more from the popularity of these services once they are in-house than from people dropping them because the features that made them popular are gone?

    • I agree, Nina. I keep hoping for a master plan of sorts that uses the features to make a better Twitter, or a useful standalone app that uses Twitter. We’ll see, I guess.

    • From the way I see it, big companies like Facebook and Google are acquiring smaller tech companies not for the product/service they’ve built, but for the brains behind it. There’s a scarcity of engineers in Silicon Valley, and if you’re like Twitter and have millions of dollars to spend, why not just buy engineers than force your HR department on a wild goose chase?

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