We Called It: RIM buys Gist

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.

Connected, a Constantly Updated Online Address Book

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.

5 Alternatives to Social CRM Service Etacts

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:

Social CRM Startup Etacts Shutting Down

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.

RIM In Talks To Buy Gist

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.

Making a Smarter Social Browser With Gist

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.

Gist Adds Public Business Profiles

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 Rolls Out Android App

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 Gets Google Apps Gadget

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.