Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Gist of it all

Gist. Merriam Wesbter defines it as “the main point or part : essence”

Writing can involve many aspects of Social Media. In addition to twitter, there are emails, blogs, facebook pages, forums, favorite sites we like to peruse, etc. It can be overwhelming tracking it all. And how do we make sense of all the babble?

True entrepreneurs see a need and move in to fill it.

Bill French, the keynote speaker at the 2009 EntConnect conference, presented Gist as a good monitoring tool to listen in what is going on. Gist allows you to customize your dashboard, displaying private vs. public information. Hence, Gist’s motto: “Where your inbox meets the web.”

Here are some benefits of Gist from their website:

From the “About Gist” page:

“Gist is an online service that helps you build stronger relationships. By connecting your inbox to the web, you get business-critical information about key people and companies.”

From their Index page:

“Control information overload. Emails, links, attachments, blog posts, news—all relevant data is organized and prioritized by contact.”

“Focus your time. Rank importance and fine-tune your experience to pinpoint specific news about your most important people and companies.”

“Discover new insights. Be the first to know about relevant news that gives you more opportunities to reconnect.”

Journalists could find Gist as an ideal tool to access and sort out timely information for articles. In general, whether fiction or non-fiction, writing involves organizing the chaos and focusing on thoughts to communicate a good story. Gist provides a model for that.

I have not tried this tool yet. But I’m glad I know about it. Anyone have any experiences with Gist that you would like to share?

Related links:

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