If you’re one of the many people suffering from social media overload, Summify may be the “cure” you’re looking for. “Summify is a service that creates a periodic summary of the most relevant news stories, from all of your social networks, and delivers it by email and on the web.” It’s a simple as that.

Getting Started

You can sign in via Google, Twitter, Facebook or create a Summify account if you prefer. After that, all that’s left is to add your social accounts to Summify so that all of your timelines and feeds can be imported and analyzed.

Summify summary options.There are a few settings that you’ll want, like how frequently your summary is updated (daily, weekly, etc) and how many stories you’d like to receive. If you’re looking for a quick summary and don’t want much to read, it’s best to choose a smaller amount like 5 – 10 stories.

You can also choose whether or not to receive email summaries (or just read on the website) and you can choose the daily time that you’ll receive your summary as well. So, you really have control over just how much news you’ll receive and how often.

Digging In

The setup of your actual summary is clean and informative. You’ll be able to see to the top stories from your networks along with sources, sharing options (Facebook, Twitter, Google Read, email), statistics (number of tweets, likes and shares) and other top stories from that source. If it’s a source that you’d prefer not to see in your summary, you can choose to hide all future items from that source.

Summify summary view.

It’s nice to be able to see which people in your network have shared the top stories. You can even scroll over their avatar to see exactly how they tweeted it.

Clicking on an actual item will take you to the original source, but within a Summify frame. Meaning, you’ll still have the Summify header bar (with sharing options and other info) above your content. What’s nice about this is that you can scroll through the rest of you stories in your summary by clicking the “next” arrow in the header. So if you’d rather be able to read the actual items instead of just seeing a summary, you can view your top news in this fashion.

Summify header surfing bar.

Coming Soon

Wouldn’t it be nice to view your top news story on the go via your mobile device? Well it’s not available yet, but is coming soon. You can submit your email to be notified of the Summify Mobile launch.

The Verdict

I like Summify and honestly can’t imagine anyone not loving this tool! It saves you time by showing you just the content that’s most important, which are the stories that you should and do care about because they’ve been shared the most. Instead of taking a couple hours each morning to read the news, Summify can help you cut that down to just a few minutes! So, this is definitely a tool that can help end social media overload.