Research in Motion has announced its acquisition of social contacts service Gist, two months after Om said the two were in talks. The value of the acquisition was undisclosed, but the rationale is clear. With Gist, RIM adds a social element to its messaging capabilities.
Finding it hard to keep up with contacts spread across email, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn? Connected is a new service that connects to your various online accounts and consolidates your contacts into into a constantly updated online address book, with a single, easy-to-navigate interface.
Yesterday, Om reported that Etacts is to be shut down. While that’s bad news for users of the social CRM service, fortunately there are plenty of alternatives available. Here is a selection of the more useful social CRM tools that have been reviewed on WWD:
ETacts, one of the many social CRM companies, is shutting down, according to an email sent out to its users. ETacts competes with the likes of Rapportive and Gist. The company, which was incubated by YCombinator had raised $650,000 from angel investors earlier this year.
More RIM (NSDQ: RIMM) news coming down the wires about yet another acquisition: the BlackBerry handset maker is said to be in talks to buy G…
RIM, the company behind iconic mobile messaging platform, Blackberry is said to be in talks to acquire Seattle-based start-up Gist, according to industry sources. Gist, much like rivals Rapportive and eTacts creates profiles of people in your business network. Deal terms aren’t available at the time.
With Gist for Firefox, you get a Gmail widget that brings up information about all the individuals mentioned in the “To:” or “Cc:” fields of an opened email. You can choose to view their social media feeds, their profile, interaction stats, and notes.
The basic idea of Gist is to harness information, filtered for relevance, based on your connections. So who you know informs the data that is intelligently presented to you in an email digest, on a dashboard on the Gist website and via iPhone or Android device.
Gist — a service that helps you get more information about email contacts and is a favorite of the WWD team — has announced the release of an Android app. It joins the existing iPhone app and provides on-the-go access to information about your professional network.
Gist — a super useful service that helps you automatically get more information about your email contacts — has released a Gist Gadget for the Google Apps Marketplace. The gadget means that it’s now easy to deploy Gist in companies using Google Apps.