Social web info overload: Summify may provide balance

April 24, 2011

According to Twitter, I have 3,200 favorites, my Google Reader account lists 1,000+ unread items and I have more than 900 friends on Facebook. Keeping track of tweets, RSS feeds, and Facebook status updates has become a constant challenge. I love information. I love reading about new sites, services, and seeing what my friends and colleagues are up to. However, the amount of information can be daunting.

I've written quite a bit about how I keep abreast of everything. I use Delicious to bookmark links (more than 3,800 bookmarks and counting), I categorize my RSS feeds in Google Reader, and I favorite a lot of items in my tweetstream. Note that most of the reading that I do is via my phone. I've used Seesmic's "share to Gmail" function more times than I can count. If I share something to my own email, I generally read it, but as it stands right now, my inbox is full of unread messages from myself. Lately I've been pondering the idea of declaring social media info bankruptcy. I can't read everything no matter how tempting, useful, or informative.

A couple of weeks ago, in an effort to digest smaller bits of digital info, I started using a new service called Summify. Summify aggregates information from Twitter, Facebook, and Google Reader and sends you a "periodic summary of the most relevant news stories." Almost all of the summaries that I've received thus far from Summify have been full of stories that I found to be of interest. With only 5 stories per email, I'm finding that Summify's strength is in its simplicity. Overall, Summify has been a nice addition to my usual ways of keeping track of content.

Have you used Summify? What are your thoughts? Are you getting overloaded by your social info streams?

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