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Twitter acquires Summize, we’re doomed July 15, 2008

Filed under: twitter,Uncategorized — Tom @ 12:28 pm
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Oh boy. Twitter acquired summize. We’re fucked! Summize, used to power some pretty awesome sites (like Get Satisfaction’s “overheard” feature), will now start failing more often, and the part about adding other services is now gone.

Here’s the About Summize section from the about page (courtesy Google Cache):

Summize’s mission is to search & discover the topics and attitudes expressed within online conversations.

Our home page currently features realtime conversations on Twitter. Also check out Summize Labs for prototypes that harness conversations within blogs and reviews. Additional sources of online conversations are coming soon!

Now here’s the About Twitter Search section from the about page:

Keeping up with interesting news and people you care about is one dimension of Twitter, but what if you need to find out what’s happening in the world beyond your personal timeline?

There is an undeniable need to search, filter, and otherwise interact with the volumes of news and information being transmitted to Twitter every second. Twitter Search helps you filter all the real-time information coursing through our service.

Notice what is no longer there? The searching of other services! I left this comment on their blog:


Now Summize will start to fail, have tons of downtime, and worst of all, will completely drop their previous commitment to add MORE SERVICES to their search! Poor Jaiku, Pownce, and whoever else nobody cared about.

Tweetscan, you just got your lucky break to take over the Twitter & other site search market (they already search!), will you take it?

Will they accept it? I don’t know.

Update: Summize blogged it too, so I commented there as well. Just in case it gets lost:

I too dislike a little bit that Summize finds deleted tweets. It does help, sometimes, for conversations where one side doesn’t want to keep a record of a spat, though.

As well, I’m not happy about the acquisition. Aside from the obvious “lol now summize will failwhale”, the statement about wanting to include other microblogging services has been completely obliterated.

Interestingly enough, Summize has just made way for competition.

(Andy Mabbett had commented “Congratulations. Now please teach your software to stop “finding” deleted tweets.”)


One Response to “Twitter acquires Summize, we’re doomed”

  1. […] Tom’s heart does not really sound as happy about having sold twitter than being sad about not being able to assure that the promises summize had made to their users would be kept. You can read more about that on Tom’s blog. […]

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